US Patent No. 10,368,243

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATION AND SHARING OF SUBSCRIBER DATA


Patent No. 10,368,243
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title System And Method For Authentication And Sharing Of Subscriber Data
Inventorship Michael A. Gailloux, Overland Park, KS (US)
Lauren Ricardo St. Aubyn King, Somerset, NJ (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,243

1. A method of authenticating a wireless communication service subscriber, comprising:receiving, by a subscriber authentication server, a first request to transfer a first confidential subscriber information package associated with a first subscriber from a first wireless communication service provider to a second wireless communication service provider, where the first subscriber previously received wireless communication service from the first wireless communication service provider and has transferred service to receive wireless communication service from the second wireless communication service provider and where the second wireless communication service provider sends the first request to the subscriber authentication server, wherein the first confidential subscriber information package comprises a personal identification number (PIN) of the first subscriber and at least one answer of the first subscriber to a security question;
responsive to the first request, sending, by the subscriber authentication server, a first confidential subscriber information package transfer request to the first wireless communication service provider, wherein the first transfer request identifies the second wireless communication service provider; and
verifying, via one of the first wireless communication service provider and second wireless communication service provider, authorization by the first subscriber to transfer the first confidential subscriber information package, the verifying authorization by the first subscriber to transfer the first confidential subscriber information package comprising:
receiving, via one of the first wireless communication service provider and second wireless communication service provider, a request for authentication of the first subscriber, wherein the request for authentication of the first subscriber comprises a telephone number associated with the first subscriber and a subscriber name of the first subscriber;
verifying, via one of the first wireless communication service provider and second wireless communication service provider, correspondence between the telephone number associated with the first subscriber and the subscriber name of the first subscriber;
responsive to verifying correspondence between the telephone number associated with the first subscriber and the subscriber name of the first subscriber, transmitting, by the subscriber authentication server to a first user equipment associated with the first subscriber, a request for verification of approval to transfer the first confidential subscriber information package from the first wireless communication service provider to the second wireless communication service provider, wherein the verification of approval to transfer the first confidential subscriber information package comprises;
querying the first subscriber for personal identification information;
receiving the personal identification information entered via the first user equipment associated with the first subscriber; and
comparing the entered personal identification information to the PIN of the first subscriber, wherein authorization by the first subscriber to transfer the first confidential information package is verified based at least in part on the received personal identification information matching the PIN of the first subscriber.