Using a first wireless link to exchange identification information used to communicate over a second wireless link

  • US 8,385,913 B2
  • Filed: 02/03/2009
  • Issued: 02/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/08/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating a first wireless communication device comprising:

  • a first receiving step of receiving a first unique identifier from a second wireless device using a peer-to-peer protocol over a short range wireless communication link;

    connecting to a server over a second communication link using a protocol different from the peer-to-peer protocol used on the short range wireless communication link;

    sending the first unique identifier to the server over the second communication link;

    receiving further information from the server over the second communication link;

    the further information related to an entity or object associated with the second wireless device, the further information depending upon information parameters for a service account associated with the first unique identifier;

    a second receiving step of receiving a second unique identifier from one of the second wireless device and a third wireless device using the peer-to-peer protocol over the short range wireless communication link, wherein the first unique identifier received in the first receiving step and the second unique identifier received in the second receiving step are not the same; and

    comparing the first unique identifier received in the first receiving step and (b) said further information with (c) the second unique identifier received in the second receiving step, and as a result of such comparing, suppressing, in response to the second receiving step, a subsequent sending of the second unique identifier received in the second receiving step to the server over the second communication link.

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