Patent Number: 7,613,445

Title: Cost control system for access to mobile services

Abstract: The cost control module 120 controls costs associated with automated access to mobile services for processes running on mobile devices 110. The module 120 performs cost control in a user-friendly manner so the user is affected by the processes as minimally as possible, but the user is also not forced to pay large fees when the processes access certain mobile services. If a program needs to access a mobile data service to complete a function, the module 120 determines what various mobile services are available, and the cost of accessing each service. The module 120 prioritizes the services according to cost. The value of granting the program access to the service is weighed against the cost of access and a determination is made regarding whether access should be allowed.

Inventors: Stanev; Radoslav (Los Angeles, CA)

Assignee: Symantec Corporation

International Classification: H04M 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017