US Patent No. 9,241,269

METHOD TO IDENTIFY A CUSTOMER ON A WI-FI NETWORK


Patent No. 9,241,269
Issue Date January 19, 2016 
Title Method To Identify A Customer On A Wi-fi Network
Inventorship Mohanakrishnan V. Giridharan, Overland Park, KS (US)
Ricky A. Hohler, Olathe, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,241,269

1. A method of identifying a subscribing customer of a service on a Wi-Fi network, the method comprising:
in response to selection of an application on a mobile communication device associated with a service, receiving, by a server,
from the mobile communication device, a carrier IP address assigned to the mobile communication device or a media access control
address assigned to the mobile communications device, wherein the carrier IP address or the media access control address is
embedded in a payload of an IP datagram received over a Wi-Fi network by the server;

confirming, by the server, that the carrier IP address or the media access control address belongs to a subscribing customer
of the service and that an account of the subscribing customer is in good standing;

in response to the confirming and without receiving login credentials from the subscribing customer associated with the mobile
communication device, sending, by the server, to the mobile communication device, a transmission containing an authentication
token; and

granting access to the service to the mobile communication device based on the authentication token.