US 9,813,896 B2
Reconfiguring wireless device capability and performance
Sara A. Orr, Glenview, IL (US); Rosemary McNally, Morris Plains, NJ (US); Christopher M. Schmidt, Branchburg, NJ (US); and Siva Sandeep Dhandu, Princeton, NJ (US)
Assigned to Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Basking Ridge, NJ (US)
Filed by Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Arlington, VA (US)
Filed on Sep. 22, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/860,820.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/151,106, filed on Apr. 22, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0316358 A1, Oct. 27, 2016
Int. Cl. H04W 4/00 (2009.01); H04W 72/00 (2009.01); H04M 1/00 (2006.01); H04W 8/22 (2009.01); H04W 28/02 (2009.01); H04W 72/12 (2009.01)
CPC H04W 8/22 (2013.01) [H04W 28/0231 (2013.01); H04W 72/12 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method, comprising:
configuring a device, capable of operating in accordance with a first capability level, at a second capability level that is less than the first capability level, wherein the first capability level corresponds to a long term evolution (LTE) user equipment (UE) category 4, category 5 or category 6 level, and the second capability level corresponds to an LTE UE category 1 or category 0 level;
identifying a communication problem at a location associated with the device, wherein the identifying comprises at least one of detecting a problem with a primary mode of communications for a system at the location associated with the device, or detecting a data throughput problem with respect to communications at least one of from the device or to the device;
receiving, from a service provider associated with the communication problem and in response to the communication problem, an instruction or a software update, the instruction or software update indicating that the device is to be reconfigured to operate in accordance with the first capability level;
reconfiguring the device to operate in accordance with the first capability level, in response to the received instruction or software update;
determining that the communication problem has been resolved; and
configuring the device to operate in accordance with the second capability level, in response to determining that the communication problem has been resolved.