Patent Number: 8,792,857

Title: Notification of charging rate adjustments in regions of a mobile network to control bandwidth usage in the regions

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that notify end users of mobile devices of charging rate adjustments within a mobile network. A rate notification system receives bandwidth usage data for the mobile network, and identifies a region within the mobile network having a bandwidth usage that exceeds a threshold. The bandwidth usage is processed per media type (i.e., voice calls, text messages, etc) based on the bandwidth usage data. The rate notification system then identifies a mobile device located within the region, and identifies one or more contacts of the end user of the mobile device. The rate notification system then identifies an adjusted charging rate per contact per media type for this end user, and provides the adjusted charging rates to the end user of the mobile device.

Inventors: Cai; Yigang (Naperville, IL), Li; Xiangyang (Beijing, CN)

Assignee: Alcatel Lucent

International Classification: H04M 11/00 (20060101); H04M 3/42 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018