Patent Number: 7,788,179

Title: Printing system using a portable terminal and printing charge collecting method

Abstract: A cellular phone company closes a contract with a user to the effect that the cellular phone company collects a predetermined basic charge from the user together with a communication charge. When the user intends to print out a contents, the user sends authentication information given to him/her to a contents server from his/her cellular phone. The contents server authenticates the user based on the authentication information, and sends contents data for browsing to the user's cellular phone, if authentication is successful. The user's cellular phone sends print request information to a printer. The printer acquires corresponding contents data for print-out from the contents server in accordance with the print request information, and prints out the contents. The cellular phone company collects the basic charge and the communication charge from the user based on the contract.

Inventors: Aoki; Satoshi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G07G 1/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018