WO2015060965A2 - Delivery of branding content and customizations to a mobile communication device - Google Patents

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WO2015060965A2
WO2015060965A2 PCT/US2014/056778 US2014056778W WO2015060965A2 WO 2015060965 A2 WO2015060965 A2 WO 2015060965A2 US 2014056778 W US2014056778 W US 2014056778W WO 2015060965 A2 WO2015060965 A2 WO 2015060965A2
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Abstract

Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to methods and systems for provisioning and/or customizing a mobile device. After a mobile device is purchased by a user, custom settings and information (or customization content) may be delivered to or accessed on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the customization content may be pre-loaded onto the device and access via a uniform resource identifier (or URI) string. In other embodiments, the customization content may be accessed from a remotely hosted location via a uniform resource locator (or URL) string. Additionally, customization content may be accessed via a combination of the above methods.

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DELIVERY OF BRANDING CONTENT AND CUSTOMIZATIONS TO A MOBILE

COMMUNICATION DEVICE

BACKGROUND

[0001] Mobile communication devices may be purchased at service provider retail stores, electronics retail stores, and/or at general retail stores. A variety of activities may be performed to bring a new mobile phone into service. To use a mobile communication device on a cellular network, it may first be provisioned. Provisioning a mobile communication device (e.g. a mobile phone) to operate on a wireless network involves defining and/or adjusting the mobile communication device's settings that are stored in the device, and the settings stored on the network, so that the mobile communication device may properly access communication services and/or execute one or more desired applications, and the network may recognize the mobile communication device as authorized to receive service for those applications.

[0002] For example, a mobile phone may be provisioned for just voice service, voice and data service, special enterprise data service, internet access, e-mail, voice-mail, GPS-related services, location monitoring, etc. Provisioning may also include preferred roaming lists, user zone lists, language settings, browser settings, display settings, operating system versions, security settings, access restrictions, geographical settings, etc. The mobile communication device and cellular network may collaborate to provide access to these services.

SUMMARY

[0003] In an embodiment, a method for provisioning a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly delivering a provisioning payload to the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator, and wherein the mobile device has a plurality of customization content items pre-loaded to a system memory partition of the mobile device; accessing at least a portion of the pre-loaded customization content based on the file locator; storing a copy of the pre-loaded customization content referenced by the file locator in a carrier memory partition of the mobile device; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the carrier memory partition.

[0004] In an embodiment, a method for customizing a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more uniform resource identifier string; accessing pre-loaded customization content based on the uniform resource identifier string, wherein the uniform resource identifier string directs to at least a portion of preloaded customization content stored in a system memory partition of the mobile device; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the system memory partition.

[0005] In an embodiment, a method for customizing a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises customization content and one or more file locator; accessing additional customization content based on the file locator; storing the customization content in a system memory partition on the mobile device; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content.

[0006] In an embodiment, a method for provisioning a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator; accessing a remotely hosted location based on the file locator; downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the downloaded customization content.

[0007] In an embodiment, a method for customizing a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises customization content and one or more uniform resource locator string; examining the provisioning payload; accessing a remotely hosted location based on the uniform resource locator string; downloading additional customization content to a carrier memory partition of the mobile device from the remotely hosted location, wherein the carrier memory partition comprises a portion of the memory of the mobile device to which an operating system of the mobile device restricts write access based on one of a key or a password and is used to store branding information; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content.

[0008] In an embodiment, a method for customizing a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises: wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises a first file locator and a second file locator; accessing pre-loaded customization content based on the first file locator, wherein the first file locator directs to one or more pre-loaded customization content items on the mobile device; accessing a remotely hosted location based on the second file locator; downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the preloaded customization content and the downloaded customization content.

[0009] These and other features will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure, reference is now made to the following brief description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and detailed description, wherein like reference numerals represent like parts.

[0011] FIG. 1 is an illustration of a communication system according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0012] FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0013] FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating another method according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0014] FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a method according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0015] FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating another method according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0016] FIG. 6 is an illustration of a mobile communication device according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0017] FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a mobile communication device according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0018] FIG. 8A is a block diagram of a software architecture of a mobile communication device according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

[0019] FIG. 8B is a block diagram of another software architecture of a mobile communication device according to an embodiment of the disclosure; and

[0020] FIG. 9 illustrates an exemplary computer system suitable for implementing the several embodiments of the disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0021] It should be understood at the outset that although illustrative implementations of one or more embodiments are illustrated below, the disclosed systems and methods may be implemented using any number of techniques, whether currently known or not yet in existence. The disclosure should in no way be limited to the illustrative implementations, drawings, and techniques illustrated below, but may be modified within the scope of the appended claims along with their full scope of equivalents.

[0022] Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to methods and systems for provisioning and/or customizing a mobile device. After a mobile device is purchased by a user, custom settings and information (or customization content) may be delivered to or accessed on the mobile device. Customization content may include graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screens, backgrounds, and tones. Customization content may also include customer service numbers, messaging platforms, IP addresses and port numbers, client identification, and market catalogs. The customization content may be used to complete a provisioning and/or activation process on the mobile device, where the customization content may be installed, downloaded, and/or otherwise accessed during the provisioning process. In some cases, the provisioning and/or activation process may be completed by an application on the mobile device, such as a provisioning application, an activation application, and/or a customization client. In some cases, the provisioning process may be initiated when a provisioning payload is delivered to the mobile device. The provisioning payload may comprise instructions for completing the provisioning process. An activation process may comprise prompting a user to perform a variety of activation steps such as inputting user preferences, transferring contacts from another mobile device, installing third party applications on the mobile device. The activation process may be performed after provisioning is completed, in the case that provisioning is conceived to focus on configuring the mobile device and the wireless service provider network to promote basic communications service for the mobile device. Alternatively, the provisioning process can be conceived to further comprise the steps characterized above as part of an activation process.

[0023] In some cases, the provisioning payload may include one or more file locator, and at least a portion of the customization content may be accessed by referencing the file locator. By accessing customization content via the file locator, the amount of content that is included in the provisioning payload, and therefore the size of the provisioning payload, may be reduced. Additionally, the transfer time of the provisioning payload may be reduced. In some cases, a portion of the customization content may be delivered to the mobile device in the provisioning payload, where the portion delivered with the payload may comprise small sized files or data.

[0024] In some cases, at least a portion of the customization content may be preloaded onto the device. The file locator delivered in the provisioning payload may reference or identify the pre-loaded customization content. In some cases, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource identifier (or URI) string, and the provisioning application may access the pre-loaded customization content based on the URI string. In some cases, the URI string may direct to only a portion of the pre-loaded customization content, where the pre-loaded content may include a plurality of sets of customization content, and each set of customization content may be associated with a different wireless service brand.

[0025] In some cases, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource locator (or URL) string, and the provisioning application may access customization content from a remotely hosted location based on the URL string. The customization content may be downloaded from the remotely hosted location to the mobile device, and then used to complete the provisioning process. In some cases, a portion of the customization content may be acquired from pre-loaded content, a portion of the customization content may be downloaded from a remotely hosted location, a portion of the customization content may be delivered in the provisioning payload, or any combination of the above.

[0026] In some cases the mobile device is suitable to be provisioned for use under multiple different brands, each of which may feature different brand-specific and/or customization content. For example, the brand content associated with each brand may comprise sets of content, at least some of which is different brand-to-brand. For example, a first brand may be associated with a first background theme, a first power- on splash screen, a first customer care number provisioned, and a first voice mail number provisioned; while a second brand may be associated with a second background theme, a second power-on splash screen, a second customer care number provisioned, and a second voice mail number provisioned. This is a simple example. In particular cases, the set of brand content may be more extensive.

[0027] Additionally, the device may access multiple sets of customization content based on a URL, wherein the sets of content are associated with different brands. In some cases, a mobile device may be capable of being associated with a second brand after the initial provisioning process has been completed. For example, a user may wish to use the same device, but with a different brand, carrier, or service, or the device may be returned and reset. In this case, the mobile device may complete a second provisioning process, wherein the customization content accessed during the second provisioning process may be different (or associated with a different brand) from the content accessed during the first provisioning process. In other words, the device may comprise multiple branding options (such as access to multiple sets of customization content), and in a first provisioning process, a first branding option may be chosen, and then in a second provisioning process, a second branding option may be chosen, etc.

[0028] The ability to readily and easily change the brand of the mobile communication device may promote a variety of desirable business objectives. For example, a large volume order of a single model of handset may be priced by the original equipment manufacturer with a volume discount, and later the models may be branded to three or more different brands. If the handsets had been branded by the original equipment manufacturer, they would likely have been treated as three different products and priced based on the purchase volume of each different product, possibly losing at least some of the volume discount. Additionally, devices may be rebranded at various stages in the lifecycle of the mobile device. For example, the user may return the phone to have a problem fixed under warranty. The repair center may ship a different physical device to the user and fix the failed phone. After fixing the failed phone, the phone may be rebranded to a different brand - for example a brand that is currently experiencing increased customer demand - and provided to a distribution center for resale. The innovations and methods of the present disclosure contribute to the ease and capability of performing such branding, rebranding, and customization activities.

[0029] The mobile communication device may have memory established as a system memory partition and a user memory partition. An operating system of the mobile communication device may restrict write access to the system memory partition and may prevent the contents of the system memory partition being erased during reset operations, for example resetting to factory defaults. For example, a user may be prevented from writing to the system memory partition and/or from causing writing to the system memory partition. By contrast, the operating system of the mobile communication device may allow unrestricted write access to the user memory partition. For example, a user of the mobile communication device may be permitted by the operating system to write information into the user memory partition, at least indirectly by exercising user interface control selections, for example entering personal contacts, installing third party applications, downloading ring tones, and the like. During a reset, for example during a reset to factory defaults, the information in the user memory partition may be deleted by the operating system. The ANDROID operating system used by some mobile communication devices may establish a system memory partition and a user memory partition.

[0030] The operating system may further provide write access to a carrier memory partition to privileged users or automated processes. For example, an individual providing a carrier memory partition key or password, for example an employee or contractor associated with a wireless communication service provider, may be allowed by the operating system to write to the carrier memory partition. Alternatively, instructions that execute on the mobile communication device may be granted the privilege to write to the carrier memory partition by the operating system based on the instructions providing the key or password. In an embodiment, the key or password is unavailable and unknown to a user of the mobile communication device, for example the key or password may only be known to the wireless service provider and/or carrier. In an embodiment, the instructions may invoke an application programming interface (API) provided by the operating system to write to the carrier memory partition, and the API call may entail providing the key or password associated with the carrier memory partition. In some contexts, this may be referred to as a carrier memory partition key or a carrier memory partition password. An automated procedure or function executed on the mobile communication device that presents a carrier memory partition key or password, for example a script wireless transmitted to the mobile communication device, may be permitted to write to the carrier memory partition. The carrier memory partition may be used to store branding information. The carrier memory partition further may be used to store other information unrelated to branding and/or customization content. For further details about carrier memory partitions, see U.S. Patent Application serial number 13/763,428, filed February 8, 2013, entitled "System and Method of Storing Service Brand Packages On a Mobile Device," by Brandon C. Annan, et al., which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

[0031] Turning now to FIG. 1 , a communication system 100 is described. In an embodiment, the communication system 100 comprises a mobile device 102 comprising a cellular radio transceiver 120, a plurality of communication applications 108, and an optional user interface 1 18. The mobile device 102 may engage in a variety of communication exchanges. The mobile device 102 may comprise a variety of devices such as a mobile phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a media player, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and other electronic devices having a macro cellular radio transceiver.

[0032] In an embodiment, the system 100 comprises a network 131 . The network 131 may be a private network, a public network, or a combination thereof. The network 131 may promote voice communications and data communications. Portions of the network 131 may provide an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network. The mobile device 102 may couple to the network 131 by a variety of communication paths. The mobile device 102 may communicate with a base transceiver station (BTS) 132 via a wireless link according to any of a variety of wireless communications protocols, including but not limited to code division multiple access (CDMA), long-term evolution (LTE), worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX), global system for mobile communications (GSM), or other wireless communication protocol. In some embodiments, the mobile device 102 may communicate with the base transceiver station (BTS) 132 via the cellular radio transceiver 120 of the mobile device 102. The wireless link between the mobile device 102 and the base transceiver station 132 may couple the mobile device 102 to the network 131 . Additionally, the base transceiver station 132 may also be known as a cell tower. In some embodiments, the network 131 may provide communication between the mobile device 102 and a network server 134, wherein the network server 134 may also communicate with a network database 136.

[0033] It is understood that the system 100 may comprise any number of mobile devices 102 and any number of base transceiver stations 132. The collectivity of base transceiver stations 132 may be said to comprise a radio access network, in that these base transceiver stations 132 may provide radio communication links to the mobile devices 102 to provide access to the network 131 . The radio access network may be abstracted in different ways and may comprise, in addition to the base transceiver stations 132, servers and data stores such as home location registers (HLRs) or servers that implement the functionality of home location registers, visitor location registers (VLRs) or servers that implement the functionality of visitor location registers, base station controllers (BSCs), mobile switching centers (MSCs), and other network nodes that are specifically associated with providing wireless access and connectivity to the mobile devices 102. [0034] The communication applications 108 may comprise a voice communication application, a data communication application, a web browser application, an email application, a short message system (SMS) or texting application, a multimedia message system (MMS) application, and other communication applications. The communication applications 108 may be standard communication applications that are delivered by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) who assembles the mobile communication device 102. The communication applications 108 may be stored as firmware or software in a trusted memory area of the mobile communication device 102. The communication applications 108 may expose application programming interfaces (APIs) accessible to other applications to provide wireless communication functionality to the other applications.

[0035] The communication applications 108 may be any of a variety of applications. One of the communication applications 108 may be a telephone application that receives dialed digits and attempts to originate a voice call - for example a voice over IP (VoIP) call - to a called telephone. One of the communication applications 108 may be a web browser application that requests content from the network 131 , for example by sending out a hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) message embedding a universal reference locator (URL). One of the communication applications 108 may be a media player that requests streaming or downloading media from the network 131 . Many of the communication applications 108 may depend upon communication service provided by an IMS network to deliver their functionality to an end user of the mobile device 102. One of the communication applications 108 may comprise a mobile transaction interface, where a user may complete a purchase using the application, and secure information, such as credit card information, may be communicated through the application. In some embodiments, the communication applications 108 may be stored in a system memory partition 104 of the memory of the mobile device 102.

[0036] The user interface 1 18 of the mobile device 102 may, in some embodiments, comprise a display, an input system, a speaker system, and/or a microphone. In some embodiments, the display may comprise a screen, and the input system may comprise a keypad and/or a touch screen, for example. The speaker system may communicate audio (such as media, messages, ring tones or phone call audio) to a user of the mobile device 102. The microphone may receive voice and/or audio from a user and/or communicate audio to a user. In an embodiment, a user may utilize the user interface 1 18 to communicate with the mobile device 102, for example, to initiate the execution of one or more of the communication applications 108. Additionally, a user may receive communication from the mobile device 102 via the user interface 1 18, such as phone calls, text messages, messages, emails, contact information, caller identification, call history, internet access, etc. A user may additionally employ the user interface 1 18 for viewing and/or listening to media such as music, movies, shows, videos, photos, games etc.

[0037] In some embodiments, the mobile device 102 may comprise a memory system divided into one or more partitions. The partitions may include a system memory partition 104, a carrier memory partition 106, and a user memory partition 105. In some embodiments, content may be stored and/or executed in one or more of the partitions. In some embodiments, the content stored in the memory of the mobile device 102 may be associated with the manufacturer of the device, or may be content that is pre-loaded onto the device. In some embodiments, the term "pre-loaded" may describe content that is loaded to the device 102 before the device 102 is activated by a user. In some embodiments, the communication applications 108 may be stored in the system memory partition 104. Additionally, a customization client 1 14 (or provisioning application) may be stored and/or executed in the system memory partition 104, wherein the customization client 1 14 may be operable to complete customization or provisioning processes for the mobile device 102. In some embodiments, one or more of the memory locations may comprise non-volatile or persistent memory.

[0038] In some embodiments, pre-loaded content 1 12 may be downloaded to the mobile device 102, wherein the pre-loaded content 1 12 may comprise provisioning or customization content. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded content 1 12 may be downloaded to (or stored in) the system memory partition 104 of the mobile device 102. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded content 1 12 may be used by the mobile device 102 (or an application on the mobile device 102) to complete a provisioning or customization process. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded content 1 12 may comprise at least three sets of customization content, each set of customization content associated with a different wireless service brand. For example, each set of pre-loaded content 1 12 may comprise branding and customization information and settings for a specific wireless service brand, such as a Sprint service brand, a Boost Mobile service brand, and/or a Virgin Mobile service brand. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded content 1 12 may comprise at least one set of pre-loaded content 1 12 that comprises generic or wholesale branding and customization information. In some embodiments, the generic set of pre-loaded content 1 12 may be used if the mobile device 102 is branded by a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). In some embodiments, the preloaded content 1 12 may comprise one or more of: graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screen, backgrounds, and tones.

[0039] In some embodiments, a provisioning payload 1 13 may be delivered to the device 102 during the initial set-up of the device, or during a subsequent set-up procedure, such as if the device 102 is reset or returned to factory settings. The provisioning payload 1 13 may contain information and/or instructions for completing a provisioning process. In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may be delivered in accordance with OMA DM (open mobile alliance device management) protocol or framework. In other words, the provisioning payload 1 13 may be delivered as an OMA DM payload. In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may be stored in the carrier memory partition 106 of the mobile device 102. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the provisioning payload may be stored in a SIM (subscriber identity module) card or a SD (secure digital) card on the mobile device, wherein the SIM card or SD card may provide removable memory on the mobile device.

[0040] The provisioning payload 1 13 may communicate with the customization client 1 14, wherein the customization client 1 14 may use the data of the provisioning payload 1 13 to complete the provisioning process. In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may comprise one or more file locator that directs to one or more of the pre-loaded content items 1 12. In some embodiments, the customization client 1 14 may access a portion of the pre-loaded content 1 12 based on the file locator. In some embodiments, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource identifier (or URI) string. In some embodiments, the file locator may direct to only one of the wireless service brands, wherein each set of pre-loaded content 1 12 may be associated with a different wireless service brand.

[0041] In some embodiments, it may be desired to store the customization content outside of the system memory partition 104, such as in the carrier memory partition 106 and/or the user memory partition 105. In some embodiments, a copy of the pre-loaded content 1 12 may be downloaded from the system memory partition 104 to the carrier memory partition 106, wherein the content may be stored as customization content 1 10. In some embodiments, the customization content 1 10 stored in the carrier memory partition 106 may persist if the mobile device 102 is returned to factory settings. In some embodiments, the customization content 1 10 may be stored in a SIM card or SD card on the mobile device. In some embodiments, if there is any unused pre-loaded content 1 12 on the device 102 after the provisioning process has been completed, some or all of the unused content may be removed from the device 102. In other embodiments, the pre-loaded content 1 12 may persist in the system memory partition 104 whether or not it is accessed by the customization client 1 14.

[0042] In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may comprise customization content, wherein the customization content is delivered over the air or over the wire with the provisioning payload 1 13. In some embodiments, the content delivered in the provisioning payload 1 13 may be stored in the carrier memory partition 106 as customization content 1 10. In other embodiments, the customization content delivered with the provisioning payload may be stored in a SIM card or SD card on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the customization content 1 10 stored in the carrier memory partition 106 may persist if the mobile device 102 is returned to factory settings. In some embodiments, the customization content delivered in the provisioning payload 1 13 may only comprise a portion of the total content need to complete the provisioning process. For example, the provisioning payload 1 13 may only contain smaller sized files of customization content 1 10 (such as approximately 256 bytes or less), and the provisioning payload 1 13 may also comprise a file locator for the remaining customization content 1 10, which may be pre-loaded content 1 12 on the device 102. In some embodiments, the customization content 1 10 delivered with the provisioning payload 1 13 may comprise one or more of: customer service number, messaging platform, IP address and port number, client identification, and market catalogs.

[0043] In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may comprise one or more file locator, wherein at least one file locator may be a uniform resource locator (or URL) string. In some embodiments, the URL string may direct to a remotely hosted location 140, wherein the mobile device 102 may access the remotely host location 140 over-the-air (or via the network 131 ). During the execution of the provisioning process by the customization client 1 14, the device 102 may access the remotely hosted location 140 based on the file locator (or URL string). In some embodiments, the remotely hosted location 140 may provide customization content 1 10, which may be downloaded to the device 102 via the network 131 . In some embodiments, the download of the customization content 1 10 may be completed incrementally, wherein the content to be downloaded may be prioritized and downloaded in priority order. In other embodiments, the customization content 1 10 may be downloaded all at once, or in one transaction. In some embodiments, the remotely hosted location 140 may be provided or hosted by a third party (separate from the service provider and/or the manufacturer of the device 102), wherein branding or customization content specific to the third party may be provided in the downloaded customization content 1 10.

[0044] In some embodiments, the provisioning payload 1 13 may comprise temporary customization content. In some embodiments, the temporary customization content may comprise one or more placeholder, wherein the placeholder(s) may be replaced during the provisioning process by customization content 1 10 directed to by a file locator (as described above). The file locator may be a URI string directing to preloaded content 1 12, the file locator may be a URL string directing to a remotely hosted location 140, or a combination of URI and URL strings may be used to acquire the customization content 1 10.

[0045] In some embodiments, downloading customization content 1 10 from the remotely hosted location 140 may be completed incrementally. For example, the content to be downloaded to the device 102 may be prioritized by importance for completing the provisioning process, and if the content cannot all be downloaded at the same time, the content may be downloaded in priority order. For example, the device 102 may have a weak or roaming connection to the network 131 when the download is initiated, which may hinder the download of the complete content. In some embodiments, the download of content to the device 102 may be partially completed and then postponed until the device has a better connection with the network 131 before being completed. In other embodiments, the download of the customization content 1 10 may be delayed until a better connection is acquired. In some embodiments, placeholder content may be used on the device 102 before the download is completed, wherein the placeholder content may be already loaded onto the device, may be delivered in the provisioning payload 1 13, or may be downloaded to the device 102. In some embodiments, the user may not be charged or billed for data used to download the provisioning payload 1 13 and/or the customization content 1 10 from the remotely hosted location 140.

[0046] In some embodiments, all of the customization content 1 10 used to complete the provisioning process may be provided by the pre-loaded content 1 12. In other embodiments, all of the customization content 1 10 used to complete the provisioning process may be downloaded from the remotely hosted location 140. In other embodiments, a portion of the customization content 1 10 used to complete the provisioning process may be downloaded from the remotely hosted location 140, and another portion of the customization content may be delivered to the device 102 with the provisioning payload 1 13. In other embodiments, a portion of the customization content 1 10 used to complete the provisioning process may be provided by the preloaded content 1 12, and another portion of the customization content may be delivered to the device 102 with the provisioning payload 1 13. In yet other embodiments, a portion of the customization content used to complete the provisioning process may be downloaded from the remotely hosted location 140, and another portion of the customization content may be provided by pre-loaded content 1 12.

[0047] It may be useful, in some embodiments, to access customization content 1 10 from multiple sources, as described above. For example, a portion of the customization content 1 10 may be delivered and maintained by the remotely hosted site 140, while another portion of the customization content 1 10 may be delivered and maintained by a servicer of the phone, such as through the provisioning payload 1 13 or pre-loading on the device 102. Then, if the customization content 1 10 accessed from the remotely hosted location 140 requires any updates or changes, this would not affect any content that is accessed from the servicer of the device 102, as the changes and updates would occur on the remotely hosted site 140. Similarly, if the content 1 10 maintained on the device 102 or through the provisional payload 1 13 (by the servicer of the device 102) requires any updates or changes, remotely accessed content and maintenance of that content would not be affected.

[0048] Turning now to FIG. 2, a method 200 for provisioning a mobile device is described. The method 200 comprises, at block 202, pre-loading a plurality of customization content items to a system memory partition of the mobile device. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded customization content may comprise one or more of: graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screen, backgrounds, and tones. At block 204, the method 200 comprises wirelessly delivering a provisioning payload to the mobile device, wherein the payload may comprise one or more file locator. In some embodiments, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource identifier (URI) string. At block 206, the method 200 comprises accessing at least a portion of the pre-loaded customization content based on the file locator.

[0049] At block 208, the method 200 comprises storing a copy of the pre-loaded customization content referenced by the file locator in a carrier memory partition of the mobile device. At block 210, the method 200 comprises completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the carrier memory partition. In some embodiments, the steps of following the file locator, storing a copy of the content, and completing the customization process may be completed by a customization client on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded customization content may comprise at least three sets of customization content, wherein each set of customization content is associated with a different wireless service brand, and the file locator directs to only one of the sets of customization content, for example to customization content associated with only one of the wireless service brands. In some embodiments, the method 200 may optionally comprise, at block 212, removing the unused pre-loaded customization content from the system memory partition.

[0050] In some embodiments, a portion of the total customization content may be delivered in the provisioning payload, wherein the portion of the customization content delivered in the provisioning payload may comprise one or more of: customer service number, messaging platform, IP address and port number, client identification, and market catalogs. In other embodiments, the total customization content may be preloaded onto the mobile device and referenced by the file locator. In some embodiments, the size of the provisioning payload may be reduced because at least some of the customization content is pre-loaded on the mobile device.

[0051] Turning now to FIG. 3, a method 300 for customizing a mobile device is described. The method 300 comprises, at block 302, wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator. In some embodiments, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource identifier (URI) string. At block 304, the method 300 may comprise accessing pre-loaded customization content based on the file locator (or URI string), wherein file locator directs to at least a portion of pre-loaded customization content stored in a system memory partition of the mobile device. At block 306, the method 300 may optionally comprise storing a copy of the pre-loaded customization content from the system memory partition of the mobile device to a carrier memory partition of the mobile device.

[0052] At block 308, the method 300 may comprise completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the system memory partition. In some embodiments, the method 300 may optionally comprise, at block 310, returning the mobile device to factory default settings, wherein the customization content persists in the carrier memory partition of the mobile device through the return to factory default settings. In some embodiments, a portion of the total customization content may be delivered in the provisioning payload. In some embodiments, the customization process is completed by a provisioning application on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the file locator may comprise one of a uniform resource identifier (URI) string or a uniform resource locator (URL) string. In some embodiments, the customization content may be brand or enterprise specific.

[0053] Turning now to FIG. 4, a method 400 for provisioning a mobile device is described. The method 400 comprises, at block 402, wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator and optionally customization content. In some embodiments, the file locator may comprise a uniform resource locator (or URL) string. At block 404, the method 400 optionally comprises examining the provisioning payload. At block 406, the method 400 comprises accessing a remotely hosted location based on the file locator. At block 408, the method 400 comprises downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location. In some embodiments, the download may be completed based on a hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) request. In some embodiments, the download may be completed incrementally and the customization content is prioritized and downloaded in priority order. In some embodiments, the download may be only partially completed if the mobile device is connected to the network via a roaming connection (or if the mobile device is under a roaming connection). In some embodiments, the user of the mobile device may not be billed for the data usage incurred for downloading the customization content.

[0054] In some embodiments, the downloaded customization content may comprise: graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screen, backgrounds, and tones. In some embodiments, the total customization content may be downloaded from the remotely hosted location. In other embodiments, a portion of the customization content may be delivered in the provisioning payload, and the portion of the customization content delivered in the provisioning payload may comprise one or more of: customer service number, messaging platform, IP address and port number, client identification, and market catalogs. At block 410, the method 400 comprises completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content. In some embodiments, the method 400 may optionally comprise, at block 412, returning the mobile device to factory default settings, wherein the customization content persists in the carrier memory partition of the mobile device through the return to factory default settings. In some embodiments, one or more of the steps of the method may be completed by a customization client or provisioning application on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the customization content downloaded from the remotely hosted location and/or received in the provisioning payload may be brand and/or enterprise specific content.

[0055] Turning now to FIG. 5, a method 500 for customizing a mobile device is described. The method 500 comprises, at block 502, wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises two or more file locators. At block 504, the method 500 may comprise accessing pre-loaded customization content based on a first file locator, wherein the first file locator directs to one or more pre-loaded customization content items on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the pre-loaded customization content comprises up to four different versions of branding content. At block 506, the method 500 may comprise accessing a remotely hosted location based on a second file locator. At block 508, the method 500 may comprise downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location. In some embodiments, the second file locator may direct to a fifth version of branding content. In some embodiments, the second file locator may direct to enterprise specific content. At block 510, the method 500 may comprise completing a customization process for the mobile device using the pre-loaded customization content and the downloaded customization content.

[0056] FIG. 6 depicts the mobile device 600, which is operable for implementing aspects of the present disclosure, but the present disclosure should not be limited to these implementations. Though illustrated as a mobile phone, the mobile device 600 may take various forms including a wireless handset, a pager, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a gaming device, or a media player. The mobile device 600 includes a display 602 and a touch-sensitive surface and/or keys 604 for input by a user. The mobile device 600 may present options for the user to select, controls for the user to actuate, and/or cursors or other indicators for the user to direct. The mobile device 600 may further accept data entry from the user, including numbers to dial or various parameter values for configuring the operation of the handset. The mobile device 600 may further execute one or more software or firmware applications in response to user commands. These applications may configure the mobile device 600 to perform various customized functions in response to user interaction. Additionally, the mobile device 600 may be programmed and/or configured over-the-air, for example from a wireless base station, a wireless access point, or a peer mobile device 600. The mobile device 600 may execute a web browser application which enables the display 602 to show a web page. The web page may be obtained via wireless communications with a base transceiver station, a wireless network access node, a peer mobile device 600 or any other wireless communication network or system.

[0057] FIG. 7 shows a block diagram of the mobile device 600. While a variety of known components of handsets are depicted, in an embodiment a subset of the listed components and/or additional components not listed may be included in the mobile device 600. The mobile device 600 includes a digital signal processor (DSP) 702 and a memory 704. As shown, the mobile device 600 may further include an antenna and front end unit 706, a radio frequency (RF) transceiver 708, a baseband processing unit 710, a microphone 712, an earpiece speaker 714, a headset port 716, an input/output interface 718, a removable memory card 720, a universal serial bus (USB) port 722, an infrared port 724, a vibrator 726, a keypad 728, a touch screen liquid crystal display (LCD) with a touch sensitive surface 730, a touch screen/LCD controller 732, a camera 534, a camera controller 736, and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver 738. In an embodiment, the mobile device 600 may include another kind of display that does not provide a touch sensitive screen. In an embodiment, the DSP 702 may communicate directly with the memory 704 without passing through the input/output interface 718. Additionally, in an embodiment, the mobile device 600 may comprise other peripheral devices that provide other functionality.

[0058] The DSP 702 or some other form of controller or central processing unit operates to control the various components of the mobile device 600 in accordance with embedded software or firmware stored in memory 704 or stored in memory contained within the DSP 702 itself. In addition to the embedded software or firmware, the DSP 702 may execute other applications stored in the memory 704 or made available via information carrier media such as portable data storage media like the removable memory card 720 or via wired or wireless network communications. The application software may comprise a compiled set of machine-readable instructions that configure the DSP 702 to provide the desired functionality, or the application software may be high-level software instructions to be processed by an interpreter or compiler to indirectly configure the DSP 702. [0059] The DSP 702 may communicate with a wireless network via the analog baseband processing unit 710. In some embodiments, the communication may provide Internet connectivity, enabling a user to gain access to content on the Internet and to send and receive e-mail or text messages. The input/output interface 718 interconnects the DSP 702 and various memories and interfaces. The memory 704 and the removable memory card 720 may provide software and data to configure the operation of the DSP 702. Among the interfaces may be the USB port 722 and the infrared port 724. The USB port 722 may enable the mobile device 600 to function as a peripheral device to exchange information with a personal computer or other computer system. The infrared port 724 and other optional ports such as a Bluetooth® interface or an IEEE 802.1 1 compliant wireless interface may enable the mobile device 600 to communicate wirelessly with other nearby handsets and/or wireless base stations.

[0060] The keypad 728 couples to the DSP 702 via the interface 718 to provide one mechanism for the user to make selections, enter information, and otherwise provide input to the mobile device 600. Another input mechanism may be the touch screen LCD 730, which may also display text and/or graphics to the user. The touch screen LCD controller 732 couples the DSP 702 to the touch screen LCD 730. The GPS receiver 738 is coupled to the DSP 702 to decode global positioning system signals, thereby enabling the mobile device 600 to determine its position.

[0061] FIG. 8A illustrates a software environment 802 that may be implemented by the DSP 702. The DSP 702 executes operating system software 804 that provides a platform from which the rest of the software operates. The operating system software 804 may provide a variety of drivers for the handset hardware with standardized interfaces that are accessible to application software. The operating system software 804 may be coupled to and interact with application management services (AMS) 806 that transfer control between applications running on the mobile device 600. Also shown in FIG. 8A are a web browser application 808, a media player application 810, and JAVA applets 812. The web browser application 808 may be executed by the mobile device 600 to browse content and/or the Internet, for example when the mobile device 600 is coupled to a network via a wireless link. The web browser application 808 may permit a user to enter information into forms and select links to retrieve and view web pages. The media player application 810 may be executed by the mobile device 600 to play audio or audiovisual media. The JAVA applets 812 may be executed by the mobile device 600 to provide a variety of functionality including games, utilities, and other functionality.

[0062] FIG. 8B illustrates an alternative software environment 820 that may be implemented by the DSP 702. The DSP 702 executes operating system software 828 (for example an operating system kernel) and an execution runtime 830. The DSP 702 executes applications 822 that may execute in the execution runtime 830 and may rely upon services provided by the application framework 824. Applications 822 and the application framework 824 may rely upon functionality provided via the libraries 826.

[0063] FIG. 9 illustrates a computer system 900 suitable for implementing one or more embodiments disclosed herein. The computer system 900 includes a processor 902 (which may be referred to as a central processor unit or CPU) that is in communication with memory devices including secondary storage 904, read only memory (ROM) 906, random access memory (RAM) 908, input/output (I/O) devices 910, and network connectivity devices 912. The processor 902 may be implemented as one or more CPU chips.

[0064] It is understood that by programming and/or loading executable instructions onto the computer system 900, at least one of the CPU 902, the RAM 908, and the ROM 906 are changed, transforming the computer system 900 in part into a particular machine or apparatus having the novel functionality taught by the present disclosure. It is fundamental to the electrical engineering and software engineering arts that functionality that can be implemented by loading executable software into a computer can be converted to a hardware implementation by well known design rules. Decisions between implementing a concept in software versus hardware typically hinge on considerations of stability of the design and numbers of units to be produced rather than any issues involved in translating from the software domain to the hardware domain. Generally, a design that is still subject to frequent change may be preferred to be implemented in software, because re-spinning a hardware implementation is more expensive than re-spinning a software design. Generally, a design that is stable that will be produced in large volume may be preferred to be implemented in hardware, for example in an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), because for large production runs the hardware implementation may be less expensive than the software implementation. Often a design may be developed and tested in a software form and later transformed, by well known design rules, to an equivalent hardware implementation in an application specific integrated circuit that hardwires the instructions of the software. In the same manner as a machine controlled by a new ASIC is a particular machine or apparatus, likewise a computer that has been programmed and/or loaded with executable instructions may be viewed as a particular machine or apparatus.

[0065] The secondary storage 904 is typically comprised of one or more disk drives or tape drives and is used for non-volatile storage of data and as an over-flow data storage device if RAM 908 is not large enough to hold all working data. Secondary storage 904 may be used to store programs which are loaded into RAM 908 when such programs are selected for execution. The ROM 906 is used to store instructions and perhaps data which are read during program execution. ROM 906 is a non-volatile memory device which typically has a small memory capacity relative to the larger memory capacity of secondary storage 904. The RAM 908 is used to store volatile data and perhaps to store instructions. Access to both ROM 906 and RAM 908 is typically faster than to secondary storage 904. The secondary storage 904, the RAM 908, and/or the ROM 906 may be referred to in some contexts as computer readable storage media and/or non-transitory computer readable media.

[0066] I/O devices 910 may include printers, video monitors, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), touch screen displays, keyboards, keypads, switches, dials, mice, track balls, voice recognizers, card readers, paper tape readers, or other well-known input devices.

[0067] The network connectivity devices 912 may take the form of modems, modem banks, Ethernet cards, universal serial bus (USB) interface cards, serial interfaces, token ring cards, fiber distributed data interface (FDDI) cards, wireless local area network (WLAN) cards, radio transceiver cards such as code division multiple access (CDMA), global system for mobile communications (GSM), long-term evolution (LTE), worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX), and/or other air interface protocol radio transceiver cards, and other well-known network devices. These network connectivity devices 912 may enable the processor 902 to communicate with the Internet or one or more intranets. With such a network connection, it is contemplated that the processor 902 might receive information from the network, or might output information to the network in the course of performing the above-described method steps. Such information, which is often represented as a sequence of instructions to be executed using processor 902, may be received from and outputted to the network, for example, in the form of a computer data signal embodied in a carrier wave. [0068] Such information, which may include data or instructions to be executed using processor 902 for example, may be received from and outputted to the network, for example, in the form of a computer data baseband signal or signal embodied in a carrier wave. The baseband signal or signal embedded in the carrier wave, or other types of signals currently used or hereafter developed, may be generated according to several methods well known to one skilled in the art. The baseband signal and/or signal embedded in the carrier wave may be referred to in some contexts as a transitory signal.

[0069] The processor 902 executes instructions, codes, computer programs, scripts which it accesses from hard disk, floppy disk, optical disk (these various disk based systems may all be considered secondary storage 904), ROM 906, RAM 908, or the network connectivity devices 912. While only one processor 902 is shown, multiple processors may be present. Thus, while instructions may be discussed as executed by a processor, the instructions may be executed simultaneously, serially, or otherwise executed by one or multiple processors. Instructions, codes, computer programs, scripts, and/or data that may be accessed from the secondary storage 904, for example, hard drives, floppy disks, optical disks, and/or other device, the ROM 906, and/or the RAM 908 may be referred to in some contexts as non-transitory instructions and/or non-transitory information.

[0070] In an embodiment, the computer system 900 may comprise two or more computers in communication with each other that collaborate to perform a task. For example, but not by way of limitation, an application may be partitioned in such a way as to permit concurrent and/or parallel processing of the instructions of the application. Alternatively, the data processed by the application may be partitioned in such a way as to permit concurrent and/or parallel processing of different portions of a data set by the two or more computers. In an embodiment, virtualization software may be employed by the computer system 900 to provide the functionality of a number of servers that is not directly bound to the number of computers in the computer system 900. For example, virtualization software may provide twenty virtual servers on four physical computers. In an embodiment, the functionality disclosed above may be provided by executing the application and/or applications in a cloud computing environment. Cloud computing may comprise providing computing services via a network connection using dynamically scalable computing resources. Cloud computing may be supported, at least in part, by virtualization software. A cloud computing environment may be established by an enterprise and/or may be hired on an as-needed basis from a third party provider. Some cloud computing environments may comprise cloud computing resources owned and operated by the enterprise as well as cloud computing resources hired and/or leased from a third party provider.

[0071] In an embodiment, some or all of the functionality disclosed above may be provided as a computer program product. The computer program product may comprise one or more computer readable storage medium having computer usable program code embodied therein to implement the functionality disclosed above. The computer program product may comprise data structures, executable instructions, and other computer usable program code. The computer program product may be embodied in removable computer storage media and/or non-removable computer storage media. The removable computer readable storage medium may comprise, without limitation, a paper tape, a magnetic tape, magnetic disk, an optical disk, a solid state memory chip, for example analog magnetic tape, compact disk read only memory (CD-ROM) disks, floppy disks, jump drives, digital cards, multimedia cards, and others. The computer program product may be suitable for loading, by the computer system 900, at least portions of the contents of the computer program product to the secondary storage 904, to the ROM 906, to the RAM 908, and/or to other non-volatile memory and volatile memory of the computer system 900. The processor 902 may process the executable instructions and/or data structures in part by directly accessing the computer program product, for example by reading from a CD-ROM disk inserted into a disk drive peripheral of the computer system 900. Alternatively, the processor 902 may process the executable instructions and/or data structures by remotely accessing the computer program product, for example by downloading the executable instructions and/or data structures from a remote server through the network connectivity devices 912. The computer program product may comprise instructions that promote the loading and/or copying of data, data structures, files, and/or executable instructions to the secondary storage 904, to the ROM 906, to the RAM 908, and/or to other non-volatile memory and volatile memory of the computer system 900.

[0072] In some contexts, the secondary storage 904, the ROM 906, and the RAM 908 may be referred to as a non-transitory computer readable medium or a computer readable storage media. A dynamic RAM embodiment of the RAM 908, likewise, may be referred to as a non-transitory computer readable medium in that while the dynamic RAM receives electrical power and is operated in accordance with its design, for example during a period of time during which the computer system 900 is turned on and operational, the dynamic RAM stores information that is written to it. Similarly, the processor 902 may comprise an internal RAM, an internal ROM, a cache memory, and/or other internal non-transitory storage blocks, sections, or components that may be referred to in some contexts as non-transitory computer readable media or computer readable storage media.

[0073] While several embodiments have been provided in the present disclosure, it should be understood that the disclosed systems and methods may be embodied in many other specific forms without departing from the spirit or scope of the present disclosure. The present examples are to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive, and the intention is not to be limited to the details given herein. For example, the various elements or components may be combined or integrated in another system or certain features may be omitted or not implemented.

[0074] Also, techniques, systems, subsystems, and methods described and illustrated in the various embodiments as discrete or separate may be combined or integrated with other systems, modules, techniques, or methods without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Other items shown or discussed as directly coupled or communicating with each other may be indirectly coupled or communicating through some interface, device, or intermediate component, whether electrically, mechanically, or otherwise. Other examples of changes, substitutions, and alterations are ascertainable by one skilled in the art and could be made without departing from the spirit and scope disclosed herein.

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CLAIMS What is claimed is:
1. A method for provisioning a mobile device comprising:
wirelessly delivering a provisioning payload to the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator, and wherein the mobile device has a plurality of customization content items pre-loaded to a system memory partition of the mobile device;
accessing at least a portion of the pre-loaded customization content based on the file locator;
storing a copy of the pre-loaded customization content referenced by the file locator in a carrier memory partition of the mobile device; and completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the carrier memory partition.
2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the file locator comprises a uniform resource identifier string.
3. The method of claim 1 , wherein the steps of following the file locator, storing a copy of the content, and completing the customization process are completed by a customization client on the mobile device.
4. The method of claim 1 , wherein the pre-loaded customization content comprises at least three sets of customization content, wherein each set of customization content is associated with a different wireless service brand, and the file locator directs to only one of the sets of customization content.
5. The method of claim 4, further comprising removing the unused pre-loaded customization content from the system memory partition.
6. The method of claim 1 , wherein a portion of the total customization content is delivered in the provisioning payload.
7. The method of claim 6, wherein the portion of the customization content delivered in the provisioning payload comprises one or more of: customer service number, messaging platform, IP address and port number, client identification, and market catalogs.
8. The method of claim 1 , wherein the total customization content is pre-loaded onto the mobile device and referenced by the file locator.
9. The method of claim 1 , wherein the pre-loaded customization content comprises one or more of: graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screen, backgrounds, and tones.
10. The method of claim 1 , wherein the size of the provisioning payload is reduced because at least some of the customization content is pre-loaded on the mobile device.
1 1 . A method for customizing a mobile device comprising:
wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more uniform resource identifier string;
accessing pre-loaded customization content based on the uniform resource identifier string, wherein the uniform resource identifier string directs to at least a portion of pre-loaded customization content stored in a system memory partition of the mobile device; and
completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content stored in the system memory partition.
12. The method of claim 1 1 , further comprising storing a copy of the pre-loaded customization content referenced by the uniform resource identifier string from the system memory partition of the mobile device to a carrier memory partition of the mobile device.
13. The method of claim 12, further comprising returning the mobile device to factory default settings, wherein the customization content persists in the carrier memory partition of the mobile device through the return to factory default settings.
14. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein a portion of the total customization content is delivered in the provisioning payload.
15. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein the total customization content used in the customization process is pre-loaded onto the mobile device.
16. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein the customization process is completed by a provisioning application on the mobile device.
17. A method for customizing a mobile device comprising:
wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises customization content and one or more file locator; accessing additional customization content based on the file locator;
storing the customization content in a system memory partition on the mobile device; and
completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content.
18. The method of claim 17, further comprising pre-loading the additional customization content to a carrier memory partition of the mobile device.
19. The method of claim 17, wherein the file locator comprises one of a uniform resource identifier string or a uniform resource locator string.
20. The method of claim 17, wherein the customization content is brand or enterprise specific.
21 . A method for provisioning a mobile device comprising:
wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises one or more file locator;
accessing a remotely hosted location based on the file locator;
downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location; and
completing a customization process for the mobile device using the downloaded customization content.
22. The method of claim 21 , wherein the steps of the method are completed by a customization client on the mobile device.
23. The method of claim 21 , wherein the total customization content is downloaded from the remotely hosted location.
24. The method of claim 21 , wherein the file locator comprises a uniform resource locator string.
25. The method of claim 21 , wherein a portion of the customization content is delivered in the provisioning payload, and the portion of the customization content delivered in the provisioning payload comprises one or more of: customer service number, messaging platform, IP address and port number, client identification, and market catalogs.
26. The method of claim 21 , wherein the downloaded customization content comprises: graphics, images, audio files, splash screens, opening screen, backgrounds, and tones.
27. The method of claim 21 , wherein the download is completed based on a hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) request.
28. The method of claim 21 , wherein the download is completed incrementally and the customization content is prioritized and downloaded in priority order.
29. The method of claim 28, wherein the download is only partially completed if the mobile device is connected to the network via a roaming connection (or if the mobile device is under a roaming connection).
30. The method of claim 21 , wherein the user of the mobile device is not billed for the data usage incurred for downloading the customization content.
31 . A method for customizing a mobile device comprising:
wirelessly receiving a provisioning payload on the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises customization content and one or more uniform resource locator string; examining the provisioning payload;
accessing a remotely hosted location based on the uniform resource locator string;
downloading additional customization content to a carrier memory partition of the mobile device from the remotely hosted location, wherein the carrier memory partition comprises a portion of the memory of the mobile device to which an operating system of the mobile device restricts write access based on one of a key or a password and is used to store branding information; and
completing a customization process for the mobile device using the customization content.
32. The method of claim 31 further comprising returning the mobile device to factory default settings, wherein the customization content persists in the carrier memory partition of the mobile device through the return to factory default settings.
33. The method of claim 31 , wherein the customization process is completed by a provisioning application on the mobile device.
34. The method of claim 33, wherein the full method is completed by the provisioning application on the mobile device.
35. The method of claim 31 , wherein the customization content downloaded from the remotely hosted location is brand specific content.
36. The method of claim 31 , wherein the content received in the provisioning payload is brand specific content.
37. A method for customizing a mobile device comprising:
receiving a provisioning payload to the mobile device, wherein the payload comprises a first file locator and a second file locator;
accessing pre-loaded customization content based on the first file locator, wherein the first file locator directs to one or more pre-loaded customization content items on the mobile device; accessing a remotely hosted location based on the second file locator;
downloading customization content to the mobile device from the remotely hosted location; and
completing a customization process for the mobile device using the pre-loaded customization content and the downloaded customization content.
38. The method of claim 37, wherein the pre-loaded customization content comprises up to four different versions of branding content.
39. The method of claim 38, wherein the second file locator directs to a fifth version of branding content.
40. The method of claim 37, wherein the second file locator directs to enterprise specific content.
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