US Patent No. 9,275,405

CONTENT PROVIDER SPONSORED DATA SERVICES SYSTEM AND METHODS


Patent No. 9,275,405
Issue Date March 01, 2016
Title Content Provider Sponsored Data Services System And Methods
Inventorship Jason R. Delker, Olathe, KS (US)
John M. Everson, Leawood, KS (US)
Sei Y. Ng, Olathe, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,275,405

1. A method of providing data communication services, comprising:
receiving, by a gateway, a request from a mobile electronic device to establish a data connection to a content source;
creating, by the gateway, a billing record comprising information identifying the content source and the mobile electronic
device;

providing, by the gateway, the billing record to a server;
determining, by the server, whether a user profile associated with the mobile electronic device satisfies a data connection
sponsorship criteria defined by the content source, wherein the data connection sponsorship criteria comprises an adjustable
criteria based on whether charges associated with the data connection sponsorship exceed the content source's monthly budget
for the data connection sponsorship, and wherein the server determines whether the user profile associated with the mobile
electronic device satisfies the data connection sponsorship criteria in response to the gateway providing the billing record
to the server;

charging, by the server, the content source for the data connection and providing information from the billing record to the
content source when the user profile associated with the mobile electronic device satisfies the data connection sponsorship
criteria and the content and when the data sponsorship criteria indicates the monthly budget for the data connection sponsorship
has not been exceeded;

sending, by the server, a message to the mobile electronic device indicating the content source has not paid for the data
connection when the user profile associated with the mobile electronic device does not satisfy the data connection sponsorship
criteria or when the data sponsorship criteria indicates the monthly budget for the data connection sponsorship has been exceeded;

receiving, by the server, an input from the mobile electronic device to accept a charge for the data connection in response
to sending the message; and

charging, by the server, an account associated with the mobile electronic device for the data connection in response to the
server receiving the input from the mobile electronic device to accept the charge for the data connection.