Title of Invention

MOBILE TERMINAL SETTINGS

Abstract A mobile telecommunications apparatus (1) is initialised with settings for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks and code for applications not part of the standard device firmware. The apparatus, such as a mobile telephone handset has a micro-controller (12) with an associated non-volatile memory (13) that is pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs (VP) for controlling and implementing the settings of the apparatus for use with individual networks and applications that are not part of the standard device firmware. Variant packs to be used for the initialisation of the apparatus (1) are identified and selected when a subscriber identity device (SIM 9) is fitted to the apparatus or when items are selected from a menu associated with the apparatus (1). The microcontroller (12) subsequently performs an initialisation procedure of the apparatus (1) in accordance with the data from the selected variant packs.
Full Text Controlling settings for mobile telecommunications apparatus
Field of the invention
This invention relates to mobile telecommunications apparatus, for being initialised with settings for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks and code for applications not part of the standard device firmware.
Background
As well known in the art, particular settings are required for a mobile telecommunications apparatus to allow access to individual services such as messaging and data services. For example, with a telephone handset for a network such as GSM, particular settings need to be made to access wireless application protocol (WAP), general packet radio service (GPRS) multimedia messaging services (MMS) and email, and the settings are different for-each network. Some network providers offer some services and not others. Further examples of services that require individual settings are instant messaging ^IM) and presence enhanced contacts (PEC).
Usually, the seller of the handset enters the particular settings manually at the time that a user of the handset becomes a subscriber for a particular network, or the subscriber may be provided with data to allow manual entry of the settings. Also, the settings can be downloaded to the handset over the air, for example in a short message service (SMS) communication.
A problem with the prior approach is that each network operator may have its own settings, which requires them to be set-up individually on each handset. If the settings were pre-loaded before the handset is sold to a subscriber, then a large number of settings would need to be stored, which would use up large amounts of memory and would require the user to carry out a complicated selection procedure to scroll through and find the settings for a particular network. Furthermore, individual network operators are reluctant to have their competitors' settings pre-loaded into the handset.

Thus, hitherto, when a handset is commissioned by a seller or by the user, a subscriber identity device is inserted into the handset and thereafter, the settings are loaded manually so as to provide access to services provided on the network chosen by the subscriber such as WAP, GPRS, MMS, IM, PEC and email. However, this is laborious and time consuming.
Moreover, enhanced functionality in the form of applications such as games, ting tones, screen savers and animations is often wanted by the user in order to personalise and get more out of the telecommunication apparatus. Usually, the executable code, graphics, and sound data relevant to the applications are downloaded by over-the-air programming. This process is expensive, laborious and time consuming. One solution would be to extend the standard device firmware to include enough implemented applications on the phone before it is sold to meet the desires of most users. However, too much memory would be taken up on the phone and consequently this solution is not practical.
The present invention provides an improved way of initialising a mobile telecommunications apparatus with settings for a particular operator network and code for applications not part of the standard device firmware which overcomes these problems and disadvantages.
Summary of the invention
According to the invention there is provided a mobile data processing device comprising a memory with reserved and unreserved storage areas and being preloaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling and implementing the initialisation, a processor being controllable to store user-selected data in the unreserved storage area wherein at least one of the variant packs is stored in the unreserved area and can be subsequently overwritten with user-selected data, and being operable to perform an initialisation procedure to select at least one of the variant packs and to execute the initialisation in accordance with the content of the selected one of the variant packs.

According to the invention the mobile data processing device may further include a user interface and a display operable to display a number of choices corresponding to a number of items where each item relates to at least one of the variant packs and the user can select one or more of the items.
The processor may be configured to determine the identity data of the selected item and compare the identity data -with the variant pack identity data to determine which of the variant packs correspond to the selected item.
The variant packs may comprise a number of objects including content data and its corresponding meta-data for controlling the installation of the -content data and destination data corresponding to memory locations where the meta-data is to be stored and the processor may be configured to store the meta-data at memory locations specified to store the meta-data at memory locations specified by the destination data. The meta-data may in turn control where the content data is to be stored.
According to a more specific aspect of the invention there is provided a mobile telecommunications apparatus that has a memory pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling the settings of the apparatus for use with individual networks, a receptor to receive a subscriber identity device that carries network identity data corresponding to the network to be used by the subscriber, and a processor operable to perform an initialisation procedure when the subscriber identity device is fitted to the receptor, to select at least one of the variant packs in dependence upon the network identity data from the subscriber identity device, and to set the settings of the apparatus in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs.
The variant packs may be provided in the memory at the time of manufacture or commissioning of the apparatus. Also, the processor may be operable to load variant packs into the unreserved area of the memory for use in the initialisation

procedure- The variant packs may for example be received by over-the-air programming in the field after the apparatus has been commissioned, as a short message communication. The memory may have reserved and unreserved storage areas, subscriber-selected data such as an address book being storable by the user in the unreserved storage area. One or more of the variant packs may be stored in the unreserved area and can be subsequently overwritten with subscriber-selected data. Thus, many variant packs can be included in the memory initially and then overwritten when no longer needed, or updated.
The processor preferably is configured to carry out instructions in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs without revealing data corresponding to non-selected packs to the subscriber. Thus, the conflicting requirements of different network operators can be met whilst storing different operator settings in the memory.
Each of the variant packs may include pack identity data corresponding to the network to which the pack relates, and the processor may be configured to determine the network identity data from the subscriber identity device and compare the network identity data with the pack identity data to determine which of the packs contain settings corresponding to the network for the subscriber.
The processor may be configured to store content data corresponding to the network settings at memory locations specified by destination data corresponding to memory locations where the content data is to be stored. The content data may be stored as a plurality of data objects with corresponding destination data.

For example, the memory may include regions containing system settings, user settings and user contents, and the processor may be operable to implement the instructions in at least one of the system settings, user settings and user contents in accordance with the selected one of the variant packs.
Many different settings may be set according to the invention, such as: applications settings for WAP, GPRS, MMS, IM, PEC, and e-mail, operator-specific commands and service numbers for requesting applications settings over-the-air by SMS, operator menus, bookmarks, operator logos, wallpapers, screensavers, SIM lock, product profiles and executable code. Furthermore, a range of different sound and graphics data may need to be stored according to the invention to be used in enhanced functionality such as games, animations and ring tones.
The subscriber identity device may comprise a smart card such as a SIM, USIM and R-UIM.
The invention also includes a method of initialising the mobile telecommunications apparatus for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks, comprising fitting the subscriber identity device to the receptor, and causing the processor to perform an initialisation procedure to select one of the variant packs in dependence upon the network identity data from the subscriber identity device, and to set the settings of the apparatus in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs.
The initialisation procedure may be performed on a first occurrence when the apparatus is first supplied to a user subscribing to a first network and thereafter on a second occurrence when the user subscribes to a different network using a different subscriber identity device.

Brief description of the drawings
In order that the invention may be more fully understood an embodiment
thereof will now be described by way of example with reference to the
accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a schematic perspective view of a mobile telephone handset;
Figure 2 is a schematic block diagram of the circuits of the handset;
Figure 3 is a schematic illustration of the organisation of the memory of the
handset in a first embodiment of the invention;
Figure 4 is a schematic flow diagram of an initialisation procedure carried out by
the controller of the handset to install settings appropriate for a particular
network operator;
Figure 5 is a schematic illustration of the organisation of the memory of the
handset in a second embodiment of the invention;
Figures 6(a)-(e) are schematic illustrations of the user interface of the handset; ,
Figure 7 is a schematic flow diagram of an initialisation procedure carried out by
the controller of the handset to execute code appropriate for a particular
application.
Detailed description
Referring to Figures 1 and 2, a mobile telephone handset 1 comprises a case 2, a battery 3, a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel 4, a microphone 5, an earpiece 6, a keypad 7, antenna 8, a subscriber identity device in the form of a smart card 9 such as a subscriber identification module (SIM) card and a smart card receptor 10 that provides electrical connections to the smart card 9- The mobile telephone circuitry includes a radio transceiver circuits 11, a micro-controller 12 in the form of a microprocessor and a memory 13 which includes non-volatile or persistent memory as well known in the art, as well as volatile memory (not shown).
In use, the handset can be used for voice communication in a conventional manner using the microphone and earpiece 5, 6 and the keyboard 7. Voice

signals are sent from the microphone 5 by the controller 12 to the transceiver circuits 11 for onward transmission via antenna 8 and receive signals are decoded by the transceiver circuits 11 and fed via micro-controller 12 to the earpiece 6. Calls are controlled by the use of the keyboard and a display of data relating to the call can be provided on display 4 under the control of micro-controller 12.
The handset 1 can also be used for data communication such as SMS, WAP and email. The availability of these services varies from network operator to network operator and in order to access these and other such services, particular settings need to be loaded into the memory 13, such as dial up numbers, web addresses password codes and the like.
The organisation of the memory 13 is shown in Figure 3. The non-volatile memory is arranged in reserved and non-reserved storage areas 14,15. The reserved storage area contains permanently loaded data for the micro-controller 12 including executable code 16 to allow calls to be made and received together with the usual housekeeping functions associated with the handset. The reserved storage 14 also includes user settings 17 and system settings 18. The system settings 18 contain the settings for network services that are currently enabled on the handset. This may be indicated by a variant PLMN flag 19, which is set to a particular value indicating the settings for a particular public land mobile network (PLMN) that have been set in the memory. The system settings may also include a number of product profile flags 20 which indicate whether particular services should be made available to the subscriber on the handset. For example, the network operator of a particular PLMN may not provide SMS Email i.e. SMS and Internet electronic mail interworking according to the ETSI Recommendation GSM 03.40. In this case, the corresponding product profile flag is set so that the micro-controller 12 disables SMS Email menu options from being displayed on the display 4. Conversely if the particular service is available, the product profile flag is set to a value that enables the controller 12 to provide an appropriate service display.

Considering the unreserved storage area 15, it contains an allocated storage area 21A and an unallocated area 21B. The allocated storage area 21A may contain user content 22, for example an address book with telephone numbers and other details such as pictures, ringbones and email addresses that have been loaded manually by the subscriber into the memory or have been downloaded through the network. Since the user content 22 is stored in unreserved storage, it can be modified and updated by the subscriber over time.
According to the invention, a variant loader 23 is held in the memory 13, which comprises code executable by the controller 12 to load one of more variant packs VPlp - VPnp; VPld - VPnd. The variant packs VPlp - VPnp are loaded in the reserved storage 14 on a permanent basis whereas the variant packs VP1 — VPnd are loaded in the unreserved storage 15 and can be overwritten by the subscriber with additional user content, over time. The variant packs VP1 — VPnd can be loaded in the unreserved storage 15 at the time of manufacture or commissioning of the handset and may be loaded by over-the-air programming either at the-time of commissioning or later in the field by the subscriber. Thus, the variant packs VPd in the unreserved storage 15 can be updated over time if required, as will be explained in more detail hereinafter. The variant packs VP contain settings suitable for individual network operators and in accordance with the invention, the variant loader 23 selects one or more of the variant packs VP depending on the network to be used by the subscriber. The subscriber's home network is determined from the smart card 9. The data from the selected variant pack(s) VP are used to set the user settings and/or the system settings 17, 18 for the handset, to be appropriate for the particular network for the subscriber.
The structure of variant pack VPld is illustrated by way of example. The variant pack includes a header 25 and a body 26. The header contains a signature field 27 which is common to all variant packs, together with a field 28 tiiat. comprises a size parameter indicative of the size of the variant pack. Field 29 contains a cyclic redundancy code for error checking purposes. Field 30 contains variant pack identity data corresponding to the PLMN to which the variant pack relates.

The body 26 of the variant pack contains data objects Ol - On that comprise the setting data for the PLMN.
Each object itself comprises a header 31 and body 32. The header 31 contains a destination parameter 33 which indicates where the object is to be stored in the system settings 18, and a size parameter 34 indicative of the data size. The body 32 contains content 35 to be written into the system settings 18 at the destination indicated by destination parameter 33.
The smart card 9 is also shown in Figure 3 which, as well known in the art includes data corresponding to the identity of the subscriber together with details of their home PLMN (HPLMN).
Referring to Figure 4, when the smart card 9 is inserted into the smart card receptor 10 of the handset, the variant loader 23 performs an initialisation process to set the system settings 18 according to data from one or more of the variant packs VP that relate to the HPLMN indicated on smart card 9.
The process starts at step S4.0 and at step S4.1, a check is made to determine if the HPLMN indicated on the smart card 9, the new HPLMN is the same as the variant PLMN flag 19 set in the system settings 18. If they are the same, then the system settings are correctly set for the subscriber's HPLMN and no further action is needed. The initialisation process then ceases at step S4.2.
However, if the variant PLMN flag 19 does not denote the same HPLMN as the new HPLMN, then system settings need to be updated to correspond to the HPLMN for the subscriber. At step S4.3, the HPLMN value from the smart card 9 is stored as the variant PLMN flag 19. Then, at step 54.4, a scan is carried out through the persistent memory 13 for all variant packs both in the reserved and unreserved storage areas 14, 15. Variant packs are located by their common signature 27.

When a new variant pack is found at step S4.5, its integrity is checked by performing a cyclic redundancy check on the basis of the cyclic redundancy code 29, as shown at step S4.6. If the variant pack fails the cyclic redundancy test, it is skipped at step S4.7 and the scanning process for further variant packs continued at step S4.4. However, if the cyclic redundancy check is satisfactory, a test is performed at step S4.7 to determine whether the variant pack is relevant to the HPLMN. This is performed by determining whether the PLMN indicated by the variant pack identity data 30 is the same as the currently set PLMN field 19 in the system settings 18. If it is not the same, the variant pack under consideration is skipped at step S4.7 and the scan for other variant packs continues at step S4.4.
However, if the variant pack under consideration at step S4.7 corresponds to the HPLMN at step S4.7, the data from the variant pack is loaded into the system settings 18, object by object- At step S4.8, the loader 23 in combination with the micro-controller 12 prepares to load the first object of the variant pack VP. The content 35 of the object is copied to a memory location indicated by the destination parameter 33. For example, the memory location could be that of the product profile flag 20 which indicates whether or not the specific application should be hidden from the subscriber on the display 4. The loading of the object is shown at step S4.9 in Figure 4.
A check is made at step S4.10 to determine whether all objects have been loaded and if not, the procedure runs in a loop until all objects of the variant pack have been loaded successfully. Then, the procedure returns to step S4.4 to scan for further variant packs.
When all variant packs have been successfully loaded and no new packs are found at step S4.5, the procedure terminates at step S4.2.

Thus, in accordance with the invention, the memory 13 of the mobile handset can be pre-loaded with variant packs before it is supplied to the subscriber and the act of inserting the subscriber identity device 9 automatically selects the settings from the variant packs appropriate to the subscriber's home network. None of the settings need be displayed to the subscriber and none of the unused variant packs relating to competitor's networks are displayed.
InitiaUy, at the time of commissioning the handset, the unreserved storage area of memory 13 does not contain user content 22 to any significant extent but as the subscriber builds up an address book or other user content data 22, the variant packs VPd in the unreserved storage 15 become overwritten with new user data. However, since these variant packs are either not needed or have been used during the initialisation process, the packs can be safely overwritten.
Furthermore, if the user later decides to subscribe to a different network i.e. a different HPLMN, the initialisation process can be run for a second time when a replacement smart card for the new HPLMN is inserted. This may make use of a variant pack VPp in the reserved storage area 14 and/or variant packs VPd from the unreserved storage area 15 if they have not been overwritten with user content. Also, if needed, additional variant packs VPd appropriate to the new HPLMN may be downloaded by over-the-air programming, to replace any overwritten packs and also to provide any relevant updates for the settings for the new HPLMN as compared with the variant packs that were loaded at the time of commissioning the handset. Such downloads may be manually requested by the subscriber and sent as a SMS and loaded as a new variant pack e.g. VP(n+l)d into the unreserved storage area 15. The variant loader 23 will then load the setting data from the pack VP{n+l)d as previously described.
It will be understood that the invention may be used with any suitable mobile network protocol, for example GSM, CDMA, TDMA, UMTS or a third generation network using wideband CDMA. It will be appreciated that the smart

card 9 may comprise a subscriber identity module (SIM), USIM or R-UIM or any other subscriber identity device from which the HPLMN can be deduced.
The variant packs may contain a wide range of different customisation settings for example, but not limited to the following:
- applications settings for WAP, GPRS, MMS, IM, PEC, and e-mail;
- operator-specific commands and service numbers needed for requesting applications settings over-the-air by SMS;
- operator menus and bookmarks;
- operator logos, wallpapers or screensavers;
- SIM lock;
- product profiles;
- executable code that implements enhanced functionality that is not provided for in the standard device firmware.
Thus, the data from the selected variant packs may be loaded not only into the user settings 17 and the system settings 18, but also into other memory locations such as the executable code 16 and the user content 22.
Changes and updates can be accommodated by over-the-air programming of new or updated variant packs, which may be supplied by a network operator, for example when new services axe introduced, for example into the HLPMN. In this situation, a new variant pack may be downloaded to the handset, for example as a SMS, and loaded as a new variant pack VP(n+l)d into the unreserved storage area 15. The subscriber may be provided with a prompt to run the variant loader 23 so that a product profile flag or other setting is updated in accordance with the data contained in the downloaded variant pack VP{n+l)d.
In one embodiment the handset is provided with a variant pack cache manager. This comprises a process run by the controller 12, to manage data relating to a cache of variant packs available on server resources, i.e. in WEB servers or in databases in the server infrastructure. The variant pack cache manager keeps records of the global addresses of all variant packs and whether they are also

stored locally in the handset. When a new variant pack needs to be loaded, the variant pack cache manager first tries to find the variant pack locally. If the variant pack exists locally the variant pack manager checks whether the variant pack is up to date. The variant pack may for example include a field indicating the version or the expiry date of the variant pack. If the variant pack is up to date, it is retrieved locally but if a more recent version exists it is retrieved over the network.
In accordance with the invention, the crucial, mission critical customisation settings can be separated from the non-crucial ones. Crucial customisation settings such as product profiles and executable code are stored in variant packs VPp in the reserved storage area 14 whereas non-crucial settings can be stored in the variant packs VPd in the unreserved storage area 15.
The persistence of variant packs that ate judged to have a high probability of future use can be increased by the variant pack cache manager keeping a record of previously selected variant packs and logically associated variant packs. For example, if a network corresponding to a particular country is selected, variant packs relating to the selected country have a higher probability of being selected than variant packs relating to another country. Furthermore, if the settings in a variant pack for a particular network have been selected once but were later replaced, the variant pack containing the original settings is quite likely to be selected again in the future. The variant cache manager makes sure that such variant packs are overwritten last. The ranking of variant packs may for example be based on SIM card data, remote administration associated with the current network or a system that logically links the variant packs to each other such that when one of them is selected the ranking of the other variant packs is automatically performed based on the strength of the logical links to the selected variant pack. The variant packs can be further protected from overwriting by the variant pack cache manager copying them to reserved memory. When more free memory is required on the handset the variant pack cache manager is instructed to release memory taken up by variant packs and the variant pack cache manager

acts accordingly in dependence on the ranking of the variant packs. The variant packs copied to reserved memory are overwritten last.
Whilst the invention has been described in relation to a mobile telephone handset, it can be used in any mobile data processing apparatus that may make use of wireless communications network, such as a personal digital assistant (PDA), laptop computer or a wristwatch with data capabilities.
Referring to Figures 5, 6 and 7 a more general example will now be described for use with variant packs that contain code associated with applications, which are not necessarily related to settings for a particular network.
In this example, the unallocated memory is used as described above to offer the end user a range of applications when the phone is started up the first time. Similarly to the settings for individual networks, the code relevant for particular applications are initially stored as locally available objects and will be copied into allocated memory when selected by the user. The unselected objects will be deleted automatically when the user stores additional content in the unreserved storage region 15 that overwrites them. Alternatively, the user may delete the variant packs relating to unselected objects individually.
In order to offer the user applications such as games and animations, the contents and structure of the variant packs VPld can take on other forms than the specific example of Figure 3. In the most general case, the data corresponding to the variant packs are comprised in a document in the unallocated storage 21B. The document may for example be an OMA Provisioning document and may be written in XML. The document is parsed and the settings and code relating to different applications and networks may be stored persistently in an application-specific manner. Additional meta-data can be included for processing different types of data.

This more general structure of the variant packs is illustrated by way of example in Figure 5. The variant pack still includes a header 25 and a body 26. The header contains a signature field 27, which is common to all variant packs, a field 28 that comprises a size parameter indicative of the size of the document comprising the variant pack and a field 29 comprising a cyclic redundancy code for error checking purposes. Field 30 contains variant pack identification data, VPID, which in the general structure does not only indicate the relevant network. If there is no relevant network for the application, the type of application is denoted instead for example. In the more specific example of Figure 3, field 30 only indicated the network related to the variant pack. The body 26 of the variant pack further contains data objects Ol — On which may contain both textual and non-textual data. Consequendy, the objects can be of any MIME type format. The header 31 includes the meta-data 34 relevant to the object and a destination parameter 33 indicating where the meta-data relating to the object is to be stored. For network settings the destination of the meta-data may be equivalent to the destination of the whole object, however for a game the . executable code may need to stored in a different place than the images and sounds. The meta-data specifies where the contents of the MIME object are to be stored. For example, the meta-data for a particular animation comprise instructions to store the images in the user contents 22 whereas the code for retrieving the images to create the animations need to be loaded into the executable code location 16. The meta-data may further include the MIME type, the media type description, the media subtype description, the size of the object etc.
The system settings further comprise data indicating which applications are already implemented. For example if a ring tone is already stored in memory the system settings may have a flag indicating the existence of ring tones in the memory such that user interface required for the control of the ring tones can be made available. The system settings may further have a flag indicating the existence of particular ring tones already in the allocated storage. The applications ID 19 along with a profile flag 20 indicating the -existence of that

application or the status of supporting software may be saved in the system settings. When the application is loaded from the unallocated settings the value of the profile flag is altered.
In this more general embodiment of the invention, the variant packs may not relate to a specific network and need not be automatically chosen by the insertion of a SIM card. An alternative method of selecting variant packs to be copied into allocated storage is by a user interface listing the locally available objects in a menu. Figures 6(a)-(c) illustrate a user interface for selecting settings and applications. Before the phone is initialised it is not connected to a network; The display 4 in Figure 6(a) comprises a field showing the time 36, an indicator 37 showing the status of the battery and labels 38, 39 indicating the functions of soft keys 40 and 41. The set up of the phone is initiated by selecting the Menu option. The Menu option is selected by pressing the soft key 40 and the selection allows the user to scroll through options corresponding to paths to a number of Submenus. The list of submenus includes Network Selections, shown in Figure 6(b), and Load Applications, shown in Figure 6(c). Additional examples of submenus may include Sound Settings and Organiser, which are already known in the prior art.
The Network Selection submenu shown in Figure 6(d) allows the user to select a network by moving menu focus 42 to the preferred option and pressing the soft key 40 corresponding to the Select command. The options on the list may for example refer to the name of the Operator, the "mobile Network Code" or the "Mobile Country Code" such that a user can move in and out of a country or choose the preferred operator. In one embodiment of the invention a password, obtained separately from the network suppliers, may be needed to set up the network configurations. The Network settings will then be loaded in the manner described with reference to Figure 3. The list of available networks may change depending on various independent parameters of the device such as the location of the device.

The Load Application submenu shown in Figure 6(e) allows the user to load applications stored in the unallocated memory. The Load Application submenu comprises a number of options relating to different items such as Games, Ring tones, Screen Savers, UI themes and Animations. The unselected applications will be deleted as the user content memory is filled up and updates need to be downloaded the conventional way by over-the-air programming.
The display of Figure 6 further allows the user to enter data into the allocated memory manually by pressing soft key 42 corresponding to the option Names in Figure 6(a) and enter names and addresses. However, as the user contents are filled up manually by the user the applications available for implementation in the unallocated memory will be gradually overwritten.
In another embodiment of the present invention, the variant packs may be loaded by the device itself when the phone moves between different areas with the help of a remote administrator. The information about which variant packs to select may be available in the network infrastructure.
The mobile device may further be configured such that parts or all of the variant packs relating to unselected options are immediately deleted at the time of internal and external events such as after a selection has been made, at the request of the user, or when the memory size of the user contents has reached a certain value. Also, the variant pack cache manager may be programmed to delete variant packs of a certain importance rank at the occurrence of a specific internal or external event.
Referring to Figure 7, when the selection has been made, the variant loader 23 performs an initialisation process to set the system settings or load and implement the applications according to data from one or more of the variant packs VPs that correspond to the selection made from the menus.

The process for loading an application starts at S7.0 and at step S7.1, a check is made to determine if the application selected in the menu already exists. This is indicated by the application profile flag next to the application ID. If all the relevant flags are set, then the application is already implemented and no further action is needed. The initialisation process then ceases at step S7.2.
However, if the application profile flag next to the application ID corresponding to the selected application does not denote the existence of the application the user contents need to be updated to implement the new application. At step S7.3, the relevant flags 37 are set to indicate that the new application is implemented. Then, at step S7.4, a scan is carried out through the persistent memory 13 for all variant packs both in the reserved and unreserved storage areas 14, 15. Variant packs are located by their common signature 27. The integrity of the variant pack is checked by performing a cyclic redundancy check as in Figure 4. The variant pack ID is then compared to the ID of the selected application at step S7.7 and if the IDs correspond the application is loaded in the same way as the settings for a specific network were loaded in Figure 4.
Many other modifications, variations and equivalents will be evident to those skilled in the art.


Claims
1. A mobile data processing device to be initialised comprising:
a memory having reserved and unreserved storage areas and being preloaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling and implementing the initialisation, and
a processor controllable to store user-selected data in the unreserved storage area wherein at least one of the variant packs is stored in the unreserved area and can be subsequently overwritten with user-selected data, and being operable to perform an initialisation procedure to select at least one of the variant packs and to execute the initialisation in accordance with the content from the selected one of the variant packs.
2. The mobile data processing device of claim 1 wherein each of the variant
packs include variant pack identity data.
3. The mobile data processing device of claim 2 wherein at least one of the variant packs comprise settings for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks for a subscriber thereto and the variant pack identity data indicates which network the variant pack relates to.
4. The mobile data processing device of claim 3 wherein the operator networks comprise UMTS, CDMA, TDMA or GSM networks.
5. The mobile data processing device of any one of claims 2 to 4 wherein the mobile data device has associated standard device firmware,
at least one of the variant packs comprise executable code that loads and implement applications that is not provided for in the standard device firmware,

and the variant pack identity data indicates the application the variant pack relates to.
6. The mobile data processing device of any one of claims 2 to 5 further comprising a user interface and a display operable to display a number of choices corresponding to a number of items where each item relates to at least one of the variant packs, and the user can select one or more of the items.
7. The mobile data processing device of claim 6 wherein the processor is configured to determine the identity data of the selected item and compare the identity data with the variant pack identity data to determine which of the variant packs corresponding to the selected item.

8. The mobile data processing device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the processor is operable to load variant packs into the unreserved area of the memory for use in said initialisation procedure.
9. The mobile data processing device as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the processor is operable to load variant packs into the memory, received by over-the-air programming.
10. The mobile data processing device of claim 9 further comprising a variant pack cache manager operable to keep a record of the locally available variant packs.
11. The mobile data processing device of claim 10 wherein the variant pack cache manager is further operable to keep a record of all the available variant packs that can be downloaded by over-the-air programming.
12. The mobile data processing device of claim 11 wherein the variant pack

cache manager is operable to control whether variant packs should be r-etrieved locally or by over-the-air programming,
13. The mobile data processing device of any one of claims 10 to 12 wherein
the variant pack cache manager is configured to rank the variant packs according
to how valuable they are such that there are most valuable and least valuable
variant packs,
to increase the persistence of the most valuable packs by copying them into reserved memory, and
to overwrite the least valuable variant packs first.
14. The mobile data processing device as claimed in any one of the preceding
claims wherein the variant packs include content data and meta-data for
controlling the installation of the content data and destination data
corresponding to memory locations where the meta-data is to be stored, and the
processor is configured to store the meta-data at the memory locations specified
by the destination data.
15. The mobile data processing device as claimed in claim 14 wherein the
content data is stored as a plurality of data objects with corresponding meta-data
and destination data.
16. The mobile data processing device of any one of the preceding claims
wherein the memory includes regions containing system settings, user settings,
and user contents and the processor is operable to implement the instructions
and data of the variant packs in at least one of the system settings, user settings
and user contents in accordance with the selected one of the variant packs.

17. The mobile data processing device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the processor is configured to carry out instructions in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs without revealing data corresponding to non-selected packs to the user*
18. The mobile data processing device as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the data of the variant packs are from the group comprising: applications settings for WAP, GPRS, MMS, IM, PEC, and e-mail.
19. The mobile data processing device according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the data of the variant groups are from the group comprising: operator-specific commands and service numbers for requesting applications settings over-the-air by SMS, operator menus, bookmarks, operator logos, wallpapers, screensavers, SIM lock, product profiles and executable code.

20. The mobile data processing device according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the data of the variant groups are from the group comprising: graphics for UI themes, screensavers, games and animations.
21. The mobile data processing device according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the data of the variant groups are from the group comprising: sound data for games, ring tones and message alerts.
22. A method of initialising a mobile data processing device that has a memory with reserved and unreserved storage areas that is pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling and implementing the initialisation, with user-selected data being storable in the unreserved storage area, wherein at least one of the variant packs is stored in the unreserved area and can be subsequently overwritten with user-selected data, the method

comprising performing an initialisation procedure to select at least one of the variant packs and to execute the initialisation in accordance with the content from the selected one of the variant packs.
23. The method of claim 22 including subsequently overwriting at least one of the variant packs in the unreserved storage area with user-selected data .
24. A mobile telecommunications apparatus to be initialised with settings for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks for a subscriber thereto, comprising:
a memory pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling the settings of the apparatus for use with individual ones of the networks,
a receptor to receive a subscriber identity device that carries network identity data corresponding to the network to be used by the subscriber, and
a processor operable to perform an initialisation procedure when said subscriber identity device is fitted to the receptor, to select at least one of the variant packs in dependence upon the network identity data from the subscriber identity device, and to set the settings of the apparatus in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs.
25. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in claim 24 wherein
said memory comprises reserved and unreserved storage areas, the processor
being controllable to store subscriber-selected data in the unreserved storage
area wherein at least one of said variant packs are stored in the unreserved area
and can be subsequently overwritten with subscriber-selected data.
26. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in claim 25 wherein
the processor is operable to load variant packs into the unreserved area of the
memory for use in said initialisation procedure.

27. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims24 to 26 wherein the processor is operable to load variant packs into the memory, received by over-the-air programming.
28. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 27 wherein each of the variant packs include pack identity data corresponding to the network to which the pack relates, and the processor is configured to determine the network identity data from the subscriber identity device and compare the network identity data with the pack identity data to determine which of the packs contain settings corresponding to the network for the subscriber.
29. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 28 wherein the variant packs include content data corresponding to network settings and destination data corresponding to memory locations where the content data is to be stored, and the processor is configured to store the content data at the memory locations specified by the destination data.
30. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in claim 29 wherein the content data is stored as a plurality of data objects with corresponding destination data.
31. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 30 wherein the memory includes regions containing system settings and user settings, and the processor is operable to set the settings in at least one of the system settings and the user settings in accordance with the selected one of the variant packs.

32. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 31 wherein the processor is configured to set the settings in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs without revealing data corresponding to non-selected packs to the subscriber.
33. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 32 wherein the settings are from the group comprising: applications settings for WAP, GPRS, MMS, IM, PEC, and e-mail.
34. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 33 wherein the settings are from the group comprising: operator-specific commands and service numbers for requesting applications settings over-the-air by SMS, operator menus, bookmarks, operator logos, wallpapers, screensavers, SIM lock, product profiles and executable code.

35. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 34 wherein the subscriber identity device comprises a smart card.
36. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in anyone of claims 24 to 35 wherein the smart card is selected from the group comprising a SIM, USIM and R-UIM.
37. The mobile telecommunications apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 36 and comprising a mobile cellular mobile telecommunications handset.
38. A method of initialising a mobile telecommunications apparatus for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks, the apparatus comprising a memory pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling the settings of the apparatus for use with individual ones of the

networks, a receptor to receive a subscriber identity device that also includes network identity data corresponding to the network to be used by the subscriber, and a processor, the method comprising:
with the subscriber identity device fitted to the receptor,
causing the processor to perform an initialisation procedure to select one of the variant packs in dependence upon die network identity data from the subscriber identity device, and to set the settings of the apparatus in accordance with the data from die selected one of the variant packs.
39. The method of claim 38 including fitting the subscriber identity device to the receptor and thereby causing the processor to perform the initialisation procedure.
40. The method as claimed in claim 38 or 39 including loading the variant packs into the memory.
41. The method as claimed in any one of claims 38 to 40 including loading the variant packs at a time selected from the group comprising the time of manufacture, commissioning and in the field after commissioning.
42. The method of any one of claims 38 to 41 wherein said memory comprises a reserved storage area that cannot be overwritten with subscriber-selected data, and an unreserved storage area that can be so overwritten, including storing at least one of the variant packs in the unreserved storage region.

43. The method as claimed in claim 42 including storing at least one of the variant packs in the unreserved storage region.
44. The method of any one of claims 38 to 43 including receiving a variant pack over the air and loading it into the memory.
45. The method of any one of claims 38 to 44 wherein each of the variant packs include pack identity data corresponding to the network to which the pack relates, and including determining the network identity data from the subscriber identity device and comparing the network identity data with the pack identity data to determine which of the packs contain settings corresponding to the network for the subscriber.
46. The method of any one of claims 38 to 45 wherein the variant packs include content data corresponding to network settings and destination data corresponding to memory locations where the content data is to be stored, and including storing the content data at the memory locations specified by the destination data.

47. The method as claimed in claim 46 wherein the content data is stored as a plurality of data objects with corresponding destination data, and including loading the objects into the memory successively.
48. The method of any one of claims 38 to 47 wherein the memory includes regions containing system settings and user settings, and including setting the settings in at least one of the system settings and the user settings in accordance with the selected one of the variant packs.

49. The method of any one of claims 38 to 48 including setting the settings in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs without revealing data corresponding to non-selected packs to the subscriber.
50. The method of any one of claims 38 to 49 including performing the initialisation procedure on a first occurrence when the apparatus is first supplied to a user subscribing to a first network and thereafter on a second occurrence when the user subscribes to a different network using a different identity device.
51. A mobile telecommunications apparatus with settings that have been set by a method as claimed in any one of claims 38 to 50.
52. A storage medium that stores a computer program to be run be a processor to initialise a mobile telecommunications apparatus for use with one of a plurality of different operator networks, the apparatus comprising a memory pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for controlling the settings of the apparatus for use with individual ones of the networks, a receptor to receive a subscriber identity device that also includes network identity data corresponding to the network to be used by the subscriber, and a processor, the computer program be operable, on fitting the subscriber identity device to the receptor to:
cause the processor to perform an initialisation procedure to select one of the variant packs in dependence upon the network identity data from the subscriber identity device, and to set the settings of the apparatus in accordance with the data from the selected one of the variant packs.
53. A computer program operable to control a processor in a mobile data
processing device that has a memory with reserved and unreserved storage areas,
that is pre-loaded with data comprising a plurality of variant packs for

controlling and implementing initialisation of the device^ with user-selected data being storable in the unreserved storage area, wherein at least one of the variant packs is stored in the unreserved area and can be subsequently overwritten with user-selected data, the program being configured to perform an initialisation procedure to select at least one of the variant packs and to execute the initialisation in accordance with the content from the selected one of the variant packs.


Documents:

3348-chenp-2005 form-1 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-chenp-2005 form-3 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-chenp-2005 power of attorney 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 AMENDED PAGES OF SPECIFICATION 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 AMENDED CLAIMS 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 EXAMINATION REPORT REPLY RECEIVED 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 OTHER PATENT DOCUMENT 1 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-chenp-2005 other patent document 2 27-05-2011.pdf

3348-chenp-2005 amended claims 29-06-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 ASSIGNMENT 29-06-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS 29-06-2011.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS 30-09-2010.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 FORM 18.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 FORM-6 26-04-2010.pdf

3348-CHENP-2005 POWER OF ATTORNEY 26-04-2010.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-abstract.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-claims.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-correspondnece-others.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-description(complete).pdf

3348-chenp-2005-drawings.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-form 1.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-form 26.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-form 3.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-form 5.pdf

3348-chenp-2005-pct.pdf


Patent Number 248365
Indian Patent Application Number 3348/CHENP/2005
PG Journal Number 28/2011
Publication Date 15-Jul-2011
Grant Date 07-Jul-2011
Date of Filing 12-Dec-2005
Name of Patentee NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS OY
Applicant Address KARAPORTTI 3, FIN-02610, ESPOO FINLAND
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 POLLARI, ESA 66 KIM YAM ROAD #05-02 GAMBIER COURT 239966 SINGAPORE
2 GUSTAFSSON, PATRIK IRISBACKEN 11 FIN-02230 ESBO FINLAND
3 SHIRAOGAWA, AKO 483 RIVER VALLEY ROAD #13-12 VALLEY PARK 248368 SINGAPORE
PCT International Classification Number G06F9/445
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP03/14948
PCT International Filing date 2003-12-29
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 10/461,660 2003-06-12 U.S.A.