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IBM - US9432832 - Enabling mobile computing devices to track data usage among mobile computing devices that share a data plan
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Abstract:

A method, system and computer program product for enabling mobile computing devices to track data usage among mobile computing devices that share a data plan. A threshold amount of data to be consumed over a period of time (e.g., billing period) by the mobile computing devices belonging to the shared data plan is received. Upon receiving a message from one of these mobile computing devices that contains an identifier that indicates that the message pertains to data usage information for the shared data plan, the current data usage metrics for the mobile computing device that sent the message is retrieved from the message. The value of the aggregate data usage is updated with the retrieved data usage metrics. Actions, such as throttling the data usage, are performed in response to the aggregate data usage being within a designated amount of data to the threshold amount of data to be consumed.

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A method for enabling computing devices to track data usage among computing devices that share a data plan, the method comprising:
receiving a threshold amount of data to be consumed by a plurality of devices belonging to said shared data plan;
receiving a message from a first device of said plurality of devices belonging to said shared data plan;
inspecting said message for an identifier that indicates that said message pertains to data usage information for said shared data plan;
retrieving a set of metrics comprising a current data usage metrics from said message in response to identifying said identifier in said message from said first device;
updating a value of aggregate data usage by said plurality of devices belonging to said shared data plan using said received set of metrics; and
determining, by said processor, if said value of said aggregate data usage is within a designated amount of data usage to said threshold amount of data to be consumed by said plurality of devices belonging to said shared data plan.