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Universal system for obtaining and paying for wireless access across multiple access points

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000144652D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Jan-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Jan-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

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Method of paying for and obtaining wireless access across disparate connection points

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Universal system for obtaining and paying for wireless access across multiple access points

As more and more business is transacted wirelessly, the need for a simple and ubiquitous method of obtaining internet connectivity grows. It can be cumbersome to locate and pay for connectivity when travelling - with different payment methods needed to connect at the coffee shop, airport or customer office site. A centralized system will not only make it easier for the consumer, but provide businesses with a new method for generating revenue by selling wireless access to customers with pre-approved and pre-configured payment methods identified.

End User - Establishing an Account with a Centralized Payment System

The end user would establish an account within a centralized system where a payment type would be specified (bank account, credit card, etc). End users could choose to maintain a particular balance or be charged on a per-use basis.

End User - Client Side Configuration

Once an account has been established, the end user would receive information on how to configure a connection, or have the connection automatically configured via software from the account provider. This connection information would identify the connecting device as having established an account with the centralized payment system.

Service Provider - Establishing and Providing a Connection , Validating Account Information
Wireless Service Providers would sign up...