US Patent No. 9,203,978

PROVIDING AN ITEM OF CONTENT TO A MOBILE DEVICE IN A PREPAID CONTEXT


Patent No. 9,203,978
Issue Date December 01, 2015
Title Providing An Item Of Content To A Mobile Device In A Prepaid Context
Inventorship Michael A. Gailloux, Overland Park, KS (US)
John Michael Everson, Leawood, KS (US)
Jeffrey Scott Dillon, San Marcos, CA (US)
Robin D. Katzer, Olathe, KS (US)
Jason Robert-Anthony Delker, Olathe, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,203,978

1. One or more non-transitory computer-readable media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that, when
executed, facilitate a method of providing an item of content to a mobile device in a prepaid context by way of a wireless
telecommunications network; the method comprising:
receiving an indication that the item of content is desired to be communicated to a mobile device that is associated with
a certain customer;

determining that the customer obtains wireless-telecommunications services according to one of the following plans,
(1) a piecemeal plan, in which a prepaid balance is billed against;
or
(2) a recurring-fees plan, in which a services prepayment is to be received by a certain date;
when the customer is associated with the piecemeal plan, determining that a remaining amount of the prepaid balance is insufficient
to pay for the desired content, and thereby triggering a first follow-up process such that after a failed purchase attempt
but prior to the remaining amount becoming a sufficient amount, communicating a pre-order request to the mobile device that,
if accepted, will cause the item of content to be purchased immediately when the remaining amount becomes the sufficient amount;
and

when the customer is associated with the recurring plan, determining that an immediate-payment option does not exist, and
thereby triggering a second follow-up process.