Patents Assigned to Sprint Communications Company L.P.
  • Patent number: 11177836
    Abstract: A mobile communication device that adapts its usage of antennas based on a rule set and an operation context. The device comprises a plurality of antennas, a radio modem, a processor, a non-transitory memory, and a client application stored in the non-transitory memory. When executed by the processor, the application receives a biometric input for authenticating a session of a user on the device, wherein the biometric input is associated with a biometric profile, sends a request for a rule set to a server computer, and receives the rule set. The application further stores the rule set, evaluates the rule set based on the operation context to determine an antenna operation setting, and commands the radio modem to configure itself to the antenna operation setting, whereby the radio modem is restricted from using all of the plurality of antennas at the same time in at least some operation contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Anurag Thantharate, Sreekar Marupaduga, Sougata Saha, Hannah J. Sifuentes
  • Patent number: 11166194
    Abstract: A wireless access node controls error correction for wireless User Equipment (UEs). A radio wirelessly exchanges data with the wireless UEs and exchanges the data with a baseband unit. Some of the data is corrupt or missing. The baseband unit exchanges redundant data with the radio to replace a portion of the corrupt or missing data per an error correction target. The radio wirelessly exchanges the redundant data with the wireless UEs. The baseband unit identifies a concentration of the UEs at a location and responsively modifies the error correction target based on the location. The radio wirelessly exchanges additional data with the wireless UEs and exchanges the additional data with the baseband unit. Some of the additional data is corrupt or missing. The baseband unit exchanges redundant data with the radio to replace a portion of the corrupt or missing additional data per the modified error correction target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Sreekar Marupaduga
  • Patent number: 11166287
    Abstract: A wireless access point serves wireless relays that serve wireless user devices. The wireless access point determines buffer status and device load for the wireless relays. The wireless access point assigns Carrier Aggregation (CA) Secondary Component Carriers (SCCs) to the wireless relays based on their buffer status. The wireless access point assigns data thresholds to the wireless relays based their device loads. The wireless access point wirelessly transfers user data to the wireless relays over their CA SCCs and within their data thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Sreekar Marupaduga
  • Patent number: 11157925
    Abstract: A method of determining traffic in a subway system. The method comprises analyzing a first type of location data associated with mobile communication devices to determine subway entry points and subway exit points of the devices, analyzing different pairs of entry and exit points to infer probabilities that a device transits between a pair of entry points by different routes based on a WiFi SSID included in the first type of location data, analyzing a second type of location data associated with mobile communication devices to identify entry and exit points of the devices based on a cell site identity included in the second type of location data, for each pair of entry point and exit point associated with the second type of location data, determining a fractional route count for the device transiting between the entry and exit points for each different subway route based on the inferred probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robert H. Burcham, Matthew Habiger, Adam C. Pickett
  • Patent number: 11146383
    Abstract: A method of establishing a blockchain. The method comprises receiving an activation message that comprises micro code, building an activation block of a blockchain by a block foundry implemented in a processor of an integrated circuit (IC), wherein the activation block comprises a hash of a genesis block of the block chain that is stored in a non-volatile portion of a memory of the IC and a data portion that comprises the micro code, providing a copy of the activation block of the blockchain by the block foundry to a blockchain application executing in the processor of the IC, storing the copy of the activation block by the blockchain application in the non-volatile portion of the memory of the IC, and transmitting a copy of the genesis block and a copy of the activation block by the blockchain application to a wireless communication service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Marquardt, Lyle W. Paczkowski, Ivo Rook
  • Patent number: 11147042
    Abstract: A wireless communication system to deliver pages to wireless communication devices based on a Wireless Fidelity (WIFI) network identifier. Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) access points exchange wireless communications to serve a wireless communication device and transfer corresponding service messages to a paging control system. The paging control system processes the service messages to identify the current OFDM access point serving the wireless communication device. A WIFI gateway system receives a series of authorization requests for the wireless communication device to access a series of WIFI communication networks. The authorization requests indicate WIFI network identifiers. The WIFI gateway system transfers WIFI access authorizations to the WIFI communication networks. The wireless communication device is idle on the OFDM access points when on a WIFI communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Siddharth Oroskar, Jasinder Pal Singh, Maulik K. Shah
  • Patent number: 11144929
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate generally to methods and systems for monitoring customer service channels and directing a customer's interaction with the customer service channels based on previous interaction information. A database may be operable to receive and analyze information from a plurality of customer service channels. The database may be operable to receive, store, analyze, categorize, search, and report the information received from the customer service channels, wherein a customer service system may utilize the information in the database to direct customer interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Glenn, Keith E. Lawson, Justin T. Leonard
  • Patent number: 11146315
    Abstract: A wireless communication network configured to share a wireless resource block that comprises a same time interval and a same radio subcarrier. The wireless communication network comprises network circuitry and transceiver circuitry. The network circuitry determines UE locations and determines UE correlation factors between the UEs based on the UE locations. The network circuitry associates the UE correlation factors with Three-Dimensional (3D) geographic containers based on the first UE locations and generates container correlation factors for the Three-Dimensional (3D) geographic containers responsive to the associations. The network circuitry selects UEs for the shared wireless resource block. The transceiver circuitry wirelessly transfers user data to the selected UEs over the shared wireless resource block that comprises the same time interval and the same radio subcarrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Krishna D. Sitaram, Hemanth Balaji Pawar, Shilpa Kowdley Srinivas
  • Patent number: 11146528
    Abstract: In a wireless communication network, a Gateway Control Plane (GW-C) receives a session request for a User Equipment (UE) from an Access Point (AP) that serves the UE. The GW-C transfers a DNS request having an AP ID and network data. A Domain Name System (DNS) translates the AP ID and the network data into an AGW-U ID and an EGW-U ID for co-located GW-Us. The GW-C receives a DNS response and transfers GW control signals using the AGW-U ID and the EGW-U ID. The co-located AGW-U and EGW-U serve the UE responsive to the control signals. In some examples, the selected AGW-U and EGW-U are co-located at the network edge near the AP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Lyle T. Bertz, Brian David Waters
  • Patent number: 11146944
    Abstract: A method of sharing electronic subscriber identity module (eSIM) credentials between two mobile communication devices. The method comprises changing a state of an eSIM of the first device by an eSIM sharing application executing on the first device to a transfer-in-progress state, transmitting eSIM credentials to the second device via a peer-to-peer wireless communication link by the eSIM sharing application, where the eSIM sharing application reads the eSIM credentials from the eSIM of the first device, changing a state of the eSIM of the first device by the eSIM sharing application to a disabled-transferred state, and transmitting a disabled-transferred message to the second device via the peer-to-peer wireless communication link by the eSIM sharing application, whereby the second device is enabled to communicate on a cellular wireless communication network based on authentication using the eSIM credentials transmitted by the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Balasubramaniam Guru, Ryan P. Dreiling, Philip W. Uehling
  • Patent number: 11146948
    Abstract: A mechanism for sharing electronic subscriber identity module (eSIM) credentials between two mobile communication devices is described. This includes establishing, by a source user equipment (UE) comprising a first of the mobile communication devices, a data connection with a subscription manager data preparation (SMDP+) server associated with eSIM credentials stored at the source UE. The source UE notifies the SMDP+ server of an intent to transfer the eSIM credentials. The source UE receives metadata describing an activation code containing identification data for the eSIM credentials. The source UE forwards the activation code to a destination UE comprising a second of the mobile communication devices. The activation code is forwarded to support a download of the eSIM credentials to the destination UE from the SMDP+ server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Philip W. Uehling, Ryan P. Dreiling, Balasubramaniam Guru
  • Patent number: 11140117
    Abstract: A wireless communication device transfer a high-priority message with a high-priority Quality-of-Service (QoS). Device circuitry receives a request for the high-priority message, and in response, signals a radio to wirelessly attach to a wireless network using a high-priority-attachment Establishment Cause. The circuitry generates a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message that includes the high-priority message and that indicates the high-priority-attachment Establishment Cause. The radio wirelessly attaches to the wireless network using the high-priority-attachment Establishment Cause. The radio wirelessly transfers the SIP message that indicates the high-priority-attachment Establishment Cause and that includes the high-priority message to the wireless network. The wireless network transfers the SIP message to a message network using the high-priority QoS responsive to the high-priority-attachment Establishment Cause used for wireless attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communication Company L.P.
    Inventors: Mark J. Bonn, John Tayag Susbilla, Kenneth V George, Muhammad Nauhman Bashir Gora
  • Patent number: 11140543
    Abstract: An Internet of things (IoT) wireless communication module. The IoT wireless communication module comprises an antenna, a radio transceiver coupled to the antenna, an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) coupled to the radio transceiver, where the eUICC is provisioned with a plurality of eSIM profiles, a non-transitory memory, a processor coupled to the non-transitory memory, to the radio transceiver, and to the eUICC, and an eSIM profile adapter application stored in the non-transitory memory. When executed by the processor, the eSIM profile adapter application determines a system installation context of the IoT wireless communication module, selects one of the plurality of eSIM profiles stored in the eUICC based on the system installation context, and activates the selected eSIM profile in the eUICC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Dhananjay Indurkar
  • Patent number: 11140618
    Abstract: A wireless access node receives an update from a User Equipment (UE) indicating the UE has physically entered a geographic area and transfers the update to a wireless network core. In response, the core transfers a reattach instruction for the UE and the DNN to the wireless access node. The wireless access node transfers the reattach instruction for the DNN to the UE and receives a reattachment request for the DNN from the UE. The wireless access node transfers the reattachment request to the core. The core selects a Session Management Function (SMF) for the UE and the DNN. The selected SMF controls a User Plane Function (UPF) for the DNN and the UE. The wireless access node exchanges user data for the DNN with the UE and exchanges the user data for the DNN with the UPF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Rajil Malhotra
  • Patent number: 11128540
    Abstract: A method for maintaining server computers. The method comprises capturing a signature of one of a plurality of server computers by an augmented user interface (AUI) maintenance client application executing on a mobile communication device, transmitting the signature by the AUI maintenance client application to an AUI maintenance server application executing on a computer, looking up information on the server computer associated with the signature by the AUI maintenance server application based on the signature, wherein the information identifies a process executing on the server computer, identifies an alarm active on the server computer, and identifies a recommended maintenance action, transmitting the looked up information by the AUI maintenance server to the AUI maintenance client application, and presenting the information on a display of the mobile communication device, whereby maintenance of the server computer is assisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Lyle T. Bertz, Laurent A. Laporte, Brandt D. Sanders, Joao Teixeira
  • Patent number: 11129073
    Abstract: A wireless communication network hands-over wireless User Equipment (UE) from a serving cell to a neighbor cell. The serving cell wirelessly exchanges data with the wireless UE and determines uplink interference for a radio band. The serving cell wirelessly transfers an uplink interference offset to the wireless UE that indicates the uplink interference at the serving cell for the radio band. The wireless UE uses the uplink interference offset to trigger a handover request to the serving cell. The handover request indicates downlink signal strength at the wireless UE for the serving cell. The serving cell initiates a handover to a neighbor cell responsive to a combination of the downlink signal strength at the wireless UE and the uplink interference for the serving cell falling below a handover threshold. After the handover, the neighbor cell wirelessly exchanges data with the wireless UE over a different radio band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Yun Sung Kim, Sanghoon Sung, Jason Peter Sigg, PinalKumari K. Tailor
  • Patent number: 11126993
    Abstract: A server hosting an electronic shopping application comprises a processor, a memory, and an application stored in the memory that receives a request for electronic shopping content from a mobile communication device, confirms the mobile communication device receives service from a participating wireless provider, routes the request through an internet gateway of the wireless provider, and receives a request to buy an item from the mobile communication device. The application further transmits a request for payment transaction information to the wireless provider, receives payment transaction information, transmits a payment dialog box to the mobile communication device, and receives an input PIN and an input selection of a payment mechanism from the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Benjamin M. Jones
  • Patent number: 11115312
    Abstract: A data packet router uses Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS) and consensus to control file modifications. The router routes data packets based on a networking file. The router modifies the networking file. The router generates a new IPFS object from the modified networking file. The router obtains consensus on the new IPFS object from neighbor routers. The routers use previously approved IPFS objects to retrieve topology data and achieve consensus on the modified networking file based on the topology data. In response to the consensus, the router routes data packets based on the modified networking file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Clifton Wayne Hankins, Mary Carol Perry, Scott Paul Sherman, Rogelio Jay Barba, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11115833
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for facilitating the placement of a small cell, wherein at least one of a first set of parameters is determined at each of a first and a second location, at least one of a second set of parameters is determined at each of the first and the second location, and a recommended small cell placement location is generated based on at least one of the determined first set of parameters and the determined second set of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Drew Dennis, Ricky A. Hohler, Prasad Pappula, Sadanand Pawar, Hemant Vasant Tiwari, Callie Eliza Warren
  • Patent number: 11115989
    Abstract: A wireless access node serves a wireless User Equipment (UE) over a Primary Component Carrier (PCC) and Secondary Component Carriers (SCCs). The wireless access node receives a report from the wireless UE indicating radio frequency bands and their received signal strengths. The wireless access node identifies the radio frequency bands that have adequate received signal strength. The wireless access node determines electrical down-tilt angles for the identified radio frequency bands. The wireless access node selects one of the identified radio frequency bands that has a smaller electrical down-tilt angle. The wireless access node exchanges user data and network signaling with the wireless UE over the selected frequency band to serve the PCC to the UE. The wireless access node transfers additional user data to the UE to serve the SCCs to the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Sreekar Marupaduga