Patent Number: 8,792,856

Title: Multi-tiered, usage-based pricing service plan

Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions executable by at least one processor, the instructions to cause the at least one processor to bill a subscriber, enrolled in a multi-tiered pricing plan, a plan fee associated with the multi-tiered pricing plan, for each billing cycle of a plurality of billing cycles, for services associated with a subscriber device; track, for each billing cycle, an amount of usage of the services; determine, for each billing cycle, a pricing tier corresponding to the tracked usage; and bill the subscriber, for each billing cycle, a fee associated with the corresponding pricing tier, wherein at least two of the corresponding pricing tiers differ.

Inventors: Velusamy; Umashankar (Tampa, FL), Gudlavenkatasiva; Bhaskar R. (Tampa, FL), Hughes, Jr.; George L. (Wesley Chapel, FL), Sharma; Nityanand (Tampa, FL)

Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.

International Classification: H04M 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018