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1. (US20140342697) Devices, systems, and methods for sponsored tethered connectivity

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 14448312 Application Date: 31.07.2014
Publication Number: 20140342697 Publication Date: 20.11.2014
Grant Number: 09088672 Grant Date: 21.07.2015
Publication Kind : B2
IPC:
H04B 7/00
H04B 7/15
H04M 11/00
H04M 15/00
H04L 12/14
H04W 4/00
H04W 76/02
H04W 88/04
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
B
TRANSMISSION
7
Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
B
TRANSMISSION
7
Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14
Relay systems
15
Active relay systems
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
M
TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
11
Telephonic communication systems specially adapted for combination with other electrical systems
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
M
TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
15
Arrangements for metering, time-control or time-indication
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
L
TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12
Data switching networks
02
Details
14
Charging arrangements
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
4
Services or facilities specially adapted for wireless communication networks
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
76
Connection management, e.g. connection set-up, manipulation or release
02
Connection set-up
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
88
Devices specially adapted for wireless communication networks, e.g. terminals, base stations or access point devices
02
Terminal devices
04
adapted for relaying to or from another terminal or user
Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
Inventors: Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
Agents: Hartman & Citrin LLC
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) Devices, systems, and methods for sponsored tethered connectivity
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to establishing a sponsored tethered connectivity (STC) connection by tethering a special purpose connected device (SPCD) through a tethering mobile device having network access. The SPCD accesses an application server on the network and is authenticated before service to the SPCD begins. Once authenticated, the service provider is billed for the STC connection instead of a user of the tethering mobile device.