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(11)    Patent No :    AP 2071   
(21)    Application No :    AP/P/2006/003556   
(22)    Filing Date :    22.06.2005   
(24)    Date of Grant &    09.12.2009               
(45)    Publication :
(30)  Priority Data       
(33) Country    (31) Number    (32) Date
ZA    2004/4921    22.06.2004

(84)    Designated State

BW    GM    GH    KE    LS    MW  MZ   NA   SL
SD    SZ    T Z    UG    ZM    ZW

(73) Applicant(s)

FLASH IP (PTY) LTD, 36 Stellenbosch Road Parow

Industria
South Africa

(72) Inventors

BERRY Peter Andrew, South Africa

CONRADE Marius Jacques, South Africa

(74) Representative

HONEY & BLANCKENBERG
 

(51)  International  Classification   H04M15/00 (2006.01)    H04M15/02 (2006.01)
H04M15/28 (2006.01)    H04M17/00 (2006.01)


(54)    Title

Sim card based billing

(57)    Abstract

The invention provides a method of billing for use of a telephone (12) which has an electronic identification module, typically a SIM card (14). The method includes storing on the identification module account information (14.2) relating to a telephone account for use of the telephone (12), and automatically adjusting the account information (14.2) in response to billable use of the telephone (12). The SIM card (14) permits the setting of a maximum call cost, so that the telephone (12) can be used as a payphone. The invention extends to a SIM card (14) which is configured for managing billing for use of a telephone (12) to which the SIM card (14) is, in use, connected.

(56)    Documents Cited :    WO 99 318689 A   WO 00 65859 A   WO 95 28062 A

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