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Accordingly, the drawings and detailed description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature and not as restrictive Brief Description of the Drawings [0012] Figure 1 is a block diagram of a computer system with which the present invention may be practiced, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0013] Figure 2 is a block diagram of a wireless network environment in which the invention may be practiced, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0014] Figure 3 is a block diagram providing a detailed view of the platform shown in Figure 2; [0015] Figure 4 is a flowchart for explaining the integration of a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0016] Figure 5 is a block diagram depicting a webpage for developing a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0017] Figure 6 is a block diagram depicting a webpage for explaining the integration of a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0018] Figure 7 is a block diagram depicting a webpage for entering information related to a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0019] Figure 8A is a block diagram depicting a first portion of a webpage for entering information related to a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0020] Figure 8B is a block diagram depicting a second portion of a webpage for entering information related to a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0021] Figure 8C is a block diagram depicting a summary display of information and pricing related to a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0022] Figure 9 is a block diagram depicting an application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0023] Figure 10 is a block diagram depicting a profile webpage, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0024] Figure 11 is a flowchart for explaining the subscription of a user to a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; 25 PCT/US2006/034693 [0025] Figure 12 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of a network-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0026] Figure 13 is a block diagram for explaining the operation of a networlc-enabled application, according to one embodiment of the invention; [0027] Figure 14 is a block diagram for explaining the operation of a network-enabled application, according to another embodiment of the invention; [0028] Figure 15 is a flowchart for explaining the control of a network-enabled application based on user complaints, according to one embodiment of the invention; and [0029] Figure 16 is a flowchart for explaining the control of a network-enabled application based on a predetermined pricing structure, according to one embodiment of the invention.

Detailed Description [0030] At least portions of the invention can be implemented on a networked computing system via a network, such as the Internet.

Accordingly, the retailer/vendor would need to enter into contractual relationships with each of the many different wireless network carriers in order to be able to provide a mobile phone based micro-transaction billing option to the desired global market of mobile phone users.

A retailer or vendor can try to use billing mechaiiisms other than wireless network carriers, such as prepaid card services, web-based payment services, bank account and credit card billing services, and other such external billing mechanisms to support customer transactions.

[0009] Other aspects include providing an automatic cut-off feature which permits a particular application to be disabled from operation through the platform if a threshold number of user complaints have been received about the application.

[0010] Accordingly, it is unnecessary for the application provider to have contractual agreements with any of the wireless network carriers, because the billing is automatically performed by the platform through the wireless network carriers on behalf of the application providers.

60/714,978 entitled "AUTOMATEDMOBILE PHONE BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM FOR APPLICATIONPROVIDERS," filed on September 7, 2005, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety for all purposes.

In addition, the use of a credit card is economically viable only if the transaction amount, or a volume of such transactions, exceeds a particular amount that depends on the underlying efficiency of the billing and collecting system implemented by the merchant and by the credit card provider.

The platform requires the application providers to use a standardized pricing structure in order to provide a consistent experience for users of the applications that are accessed through the platform.

The invention provides application providers with a simple, efficient and automatic way to register and present their applications to a large community of users through the platform.