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1. (US20150319804) Devices, systems, and methods for sponsored tethered connectivity

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 14753089 Application Date: 29.06.2015
Publication Number: 20150319804 Publication Date: 05.11.2015
Grant Number: 09456090 Grant Date: 27.09.2016
Publication Kind : B2
IPC:
H04W 4/00
H04W 88/04
H04L 12/14
H04M 15/00
H04W 88/06
H04W 4/24
H04W 12/06
H04W 12/08
H04W 88/16
H04W 76/02
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
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
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
M
TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
15
Arrangements for metering, time-control or time-indication
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
06
adapted for operation in multiple networks, e.g. multi-mode terminals
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
4
Services or facilities specially adapted for wireless communication networks
24
Accounting or billing
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
12
Security arrangements, e.g. access security or fraud detection; Authentication, e.g. verifying user identity or authorisation; Protecting privacy or anonymity
06
Authentication
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
W
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
12
Security arrangements, e.g. access security or fraud detection; Authentication, e.g. verifying user identity or authorisation; Protecting privacy or anonymity
08
Access security
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
16
Gateway arrangements
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
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.