Patent Number: 8,818,330

Title: Prepaid short message services revenue capture

Abstract: A prepaid messaging solution that utilizes a pre-delivery debit query to tariff a short message, coupled with an additional debit query performed once necessary billing information has been acquired. A short message is tariffed prior to message delivery via a pre-delivery debit query to a prepaid server. During message delivery, the prepaid server is queried a second time, following the HLR query performed by the Short Message Service Center (SMSC). This subsequent debit query bills a subscriber for any additional service fees discovered throughout message delivery, e.g., international/roaming fees, etc. If either the pre-delivery debit query or the subsequent debit query indicates that a subscriber has insufficient account balance to deliver a short message, the message is prevented from being delivered. If a message is dropped due to lack of account balance, any funds debited throughout the attempted message delivery may be credited back to the subscriber's prepaid account.

Inventors: Gao; Donghong (Clarksville, MD), Tuttle; Lewis (Stevesville, MD)

Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

International Classification: H04W 4/24 (20090101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018