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"Method and Apparatus for Non-Native Short Message Service Communications" in Patent Application Approval Process

July 16, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Telecommunications Weekly -- A patent application by the inventor FIGHEL, GUY (RED BANK, NJ), filed on March 14, 2013, was made available online on July 3, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Vonage Network Llc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention is related to systems and methods for terminating communications to a telephony device. More specifically, the invention relates to systems and methods for routing Short Message Service (SMS) communication between mobile devices on different mobile service provider networks.

"Mobile telephony devices, such as cellular telephones and mobile computing devices with Short Message Service (SMS) communication capabilities, are typically provided with service from a mobile service provider. The mobile service provider typically only provides service to its customers within a defined geographical area, often only within a single country. The area served by the provider is considered the 'native' service area for customers who receive mobile telephone service from the provider.

"If a customer who receives mobile telephone service from a first 'native' mobile service provider travels to an area outside his native service area, the customer's mobile telephone may be capable of receiving mobile service from a second 'non-native' service provider that provides coverage in that location. However, because the non-native service provider is not the customer's regular service provider, the customer will be charged special 'roaming' fees for receiving incoming communications and for sending outgoing communications from that location. Typically, the non-native mobile service provider charges the user's native mobile service provider for providing service to the customer's cellular telephone, and the native mobile service provider then passes those charges along to the customer as part of his regular monthly bill. This is true for telephone calls, text messages, and other forms of telephony communications.

"Roaming charges can be exorbitant compared to fees charged for telephony communications within the customer's native service area. International roaming charges are particularly expensive, as the rates negotiated between carriers for overseas call termination has been at a premium.

"Accordingly, the inventors have provided improved systems and methods for sending and receiving Short Message Service (SMS) communication between mobile devices on different mobile service provider networks."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Methods and apparatus for routing non-native Short Message Service (SMS) messages to a first device, the first device being assigned a native identifier and being associated with a native telephony service provider, are provided herein. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving an SMS message directed to the native identifier of the first device, determining routing instructions for the SMS message based on the native network identifier associated with the first device, and routing the SMS message to the first device based on the determined routing instructions, wherein the act of routing results in SMS messages directed to the native identifier of the first device being directed to a forwarding identifier assigned to the first device by a first non-native communication service provider.

"In some embodiments, a method of routing non-native Short Message Service (SMS) messages from a first device, the first device being assigned a native identifier and being associated with a native telephony service provider, may include receiving an SMS message from the first device directed to a second device on a second communication service provider, wherein the SMS message from the first device is sent from a first non-native communication service provider and includes the native identifier assigned to the first device, determining a cost associated with routing the SMS message based on at least one of the native network identifier associated with the first device or an Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the received SMS message, and routing the SMS message to the second device.

"In some embodiments, an apparatus for routing non-native Short Message Service (SMS) messages to a first device, the first device being assigned a native identifier and being associated with a native telephony service provider, may include at least one processor, at least one input device, and at least one storage device storing processor-executable instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, performs a method including receiving an SMS message directed to the native identifier of the first device determining routing instructions for the SMS message based on the native network identifier associated with the first device, and routing the SMS message to the first device based on the determined routing instructions, wherein the act of routing results in SMS messages directed to the native identifier of the first device being directed to a forwarding identifier assigned to the first device by a first non-native communication service provider.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

"Embodiments of the present invention, briefly summarized above and discussed in greater detail below, can be understood by reference to the illustrative embodiments of the invention depicted in the appended drawings. It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings illustrate only typical embodiments of this invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the invention may admit to other equally effective embodiments.

"FIG. 1 is a system level representation of elements that interact with each other to terminate SMS communications to mobile telephony devices according to some embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a second system level representation of elements that interact with each other to terminate SMS communications to mobile telephony devices according to some embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart of a method for routing Short Message Service (SMS) messages to a first device, the first device being assigned a native identifier and being associated with a native telephony service provider, according to some embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 4 is a flow chart of a method for registering a first device, the first device being assigned a native identifier and being associated with a native telephony service provider, with a non-native server provider according to some embodiments of the present invention; and

"FIG. 5 depicts a computer system that can be utilized in various embodiments of the present invention, according to one or more embodiments.

"To facilitate understanding, identical reference numerals have been used, where possible, to designate identical elements that are common to the figures. The figures are not drawn to scale and may be simplified for clarity. It is contemplated that elements and features of one embodiment may be beneficially incorporated in other embodiments without further recitation."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: FIGHEL, GUY. Method and Apparatus for Non-Native Short Message Service Communications. Filed March 14, 2013 and posted July 3, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2730&p=55&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140626.PD.&OS=PD/20140626&RS=PD/20140626

Keywords for this news article include: Telecommunications, Vonage Network Llc.

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