Chapter 8. Billing

This chapter focuses on the billing system required for mobile location services, as shown in Figure 8.1. Mobile operators and auto manufacturers are both interested in the potential incremental revenues of mobile location service applications. To make them successful, it is important not only to have the right technology, but also to have the right business model. The pricing models available to most mobile operators today are very simple. Wireless data, whether GPRS or WAP, is typically charged for based on either number of minutes or bytes transferred, and there is no visibility into the content itself. Business models used by the telematics service providers in the automotive space are also very simplistic, and often based ...

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