US Patent No. 9,439,240

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IDENTITY PAIRING


Patent No. 9,439,240
Issue Date September 06, 2016
Title Mobile Communication System Identity Pairing
Inventorship Trevor D. Shipley, Olathe, KS (US)
Robert L. Spanel, Overland Park, KS (US)
Robert E. Urbanek, Overland Park, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,439,240

17. A method of connecting a mobile communication device to a wireless communication network comprising:
detecting and intercepting, by an access point, a request from a mobile communication device to access a wireless communication
network and establish a wireless communication session via long-range connection;

coupling communicatively, by the access point, to the mobile communication device to establish a short-range connection between
the mobile communication device and the access point;

before the mobile communication device independently accesses the wireless communication network via the long-range connection,
requesting, by the access point, an indicia of the mobile communication device from the mobile communication device;

storing, by the access point, in a temporary memory of the access point, the indicia of the mobile communication device while
the mobile communication device is proximate to the access point;

assuming, by the access point via use of the indicia, the identity of the mobile communication device such that the access
point completes the establishment of the wireless communication session instead of the mobile communication device;

accessing, by the access point, a history of the mobile communication device;
accessing, by the access point, an address book of the mobile communication device;
presenting, by the access point to the wireless communication network, the assumed identity of the mobile communication device;
coupling communicatively, by the access point, to the wireless communication network under the assumed identity of the mobile
communication device such that the long-range connection is established between the access point and the wireless communication
network instead of directly with the mobile communication device;

enabling, by the access point, the mobile communication device to conduct and complete the wireless communication session
that includes one or more of a voice communication, a web browser session, or a text message communication, wherein a content
of the wireless communication session is one of received by the access point transceiver from the mobile communication device
via the short-range connection and transmitted by the access point transceiver via the long-range connection to the wireless
communication network or received by the access point transceiver from the wireless communication network via the long-range
connection and transmitted by the access point transceiver via the short-range connection to the mobile communication device
for presentation by the mobile communication device, and wherein the assumed identity of the mobile communication device is
used by the access point to establish the long-range connection and the use of the assumed identity masks the existence of
the access point from the wireless communication network; and

deleting, by the access point, the indicia of the mobile communication device from the temporary memory of the access point
when the mobile communication device is no longer communicatively coupled to the access point.