Abstract: A system and method for displaying an interactive screen, such as an end-user license agreement or verification form, on the graphic display of a wireless device when the wireless device connects to a network server on a wireless network and attempts to access or download software applications and data. The user of the wireless device must then affirmatively interact with the interactive screen in order to access or download a software application or data from the network server. The interactive screen can be transmitted from the network server where the wireless device seeks to access or download an application or data, or can be transmitted from a separate server to the wireless device. The records of the wireless device-server interactions can be stored on a network server or other data stores on the wireless network.
January 31, 2002
Date of Patent:
April 13, 2004
Brian Minear, Mazen Chmaytelli, Mitchell B. Oliver, Stephen A. Sprigg
Abstract: A method and apparatus for remote control of software and hardware features of a wireless communication device using Short Message Services (SMS). A wireless communication device with SMS capabilities can be remotely configured by sending specifically configured SMS messages. A manufacturer can configure a wireless device to have control over certain features accessible through SMS messages. A configuring SMS message is constructed using a specific format to inform the wireless device of the presence of a feature control message. Predetermined combinations of characters unlikely to occur in normal messages are used as message start and stop delimiters. A series of fields are defined in the SMS message with the fields separated by delimiters distinct from the message start and stop delimiters. Commands may be sent to the wireless device using point-to-point as well as broadcast SMS messages.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing fair access in a group communication system. Permission to transmit is based on a variable-level priority scheme. The variable priority level of each member in the system is based upon the number of event occurrences that have occurred in the past. In a first embodiment, the number of event occurrences is defined as the number of times that a member has been denied permission to transmit. The more denials that a member accumulates, the higher an corresponding priority level becomes. In a second embodiment, the priority level is based on the amount of time which has elapsed from when a net member was last granted the transmission privilege. The greater the time differential between when a member has last been granted the transmission privilege and a present access request, the greater the variable priority level becomes.