Redirect Billing Patents (Class 379/114.21)
  • Patent number: 8238534
    Abstract: A system is provided for connecting collect calls. A collect call number for the collect call is received. A blocking status of the collect call number is determined. The collect call number is dialed. A call recipient is prompted to accept the collect call and to select a billing option according to the blocking status. The collect call is connected based on the selected billing option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Link, Kenneth A. Skupien, Pepper Mulherin
  • Patent number: 8233608
    Abstract: A method of redirecting a directory-assistance call includes receiving a directory-assistance request from a caller, determining via a free directory-assistance service whether information corresponding to the directory-assistance request is available, responsive to a determination that the information is available, presenting, to the caller, the information free of charge to the caller and, responsive to a determination that the information is not available, redirecting the directory-assistance call to a chargeable directory-assistance service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Volt Delta Resources LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Oldach, Michael Pellegrino, Dwight E. Scott, Robert C. Detrie
  • Patent number: 8213586
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for allocating communications-related charges are disclosed. In an exemplary method, a communications device receives notification of an uncompleted incoming call attempt, the notification including a calling a party identifier. The communication device retrieves a call attempt descriptor associated with the uncompleted incoming call, the call attempt descriptor comprising charge-back data. In response to the initiation of a return call to the calling party, the communication device sends a charge-back message, comprising all or part of the charge-back data, to a charge allocation server for use in allocating charges relating to the return call. An exemplary system, including a charge allocation server, for implementing the disclosed methods is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Troed Nils Rickard SĂ„ngberg, Patrik Seger
  • Patent number: 8204191
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for ensuring a real-time connection between users and selected service providers using voice mail. The system enables seekers of a wide array of services to select, contact, converse, and pay for a service provider using a communications device such as the telephone. A seeker locates a service provider by providing the name of a profession, which is recognized by the system's software. Once a service provider is selected, the system connects the seeker with the service provider for a live conversation. However, during service provider unavailability, the system enables the seeker to leave a voice mail message for the service provider and reconnects the user and service provider once the message is reviewed by the service provider. The system automatically bills the seeker for the time spent conversing with the service provider and compensates the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lurie, Scott Faber, Sean Van der Linden
  • Patent number: 8160219
    Abstract: An inmate calls a call processing system and provides two phone numbers to it. The first phone number is for a 2nd Party who will accept the inmate's collect call and who will agree to pay any additional charge for adding a third party to the collect call. The second phone number is for a 3rd Party the inmate would like added to the collect call. The call processing system places the inmate on hold while the system dials the 2nd Party. When the 2nd Party accepts the inmate's collect call and agrees to pay for an additional fee for establishing a three-way call during the collect call, the inmate is taken off hold and is connected to the 2nd Party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Jeremiah Bayne
  • Patent number: 8139736
    Abstract: A destination telephony device, responsive to detecting a call between a caller at an origin telephony device and a callee at the destination telephony device within a trusted telephone network, authenticates an identity of the callee with a callee voice authenticated identifier through a voice sample provided by the callee during the call. The destination telephony device receives an order form from the origin device for an order placed with the caller by the callee from the destination telephony device. The destination telephony device controls output of the order form from at least one output interface of the destination telephony device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 8068590
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for processing alternatively billed telephone calls, such as, for example, collect calls and third party calls. In some representative embodiments, a method for completing an alternatively billed call between a calling party and a called party comprises establishing a calling party quality score and completing the alternatively billed call if the calling party quality score meets a threshold. In other representative embodiments, the method further comprises establishing a called party quality score and/or a third party quality score, combining the aforementioned quality scores, and completing the alternatively billed call if the combination of quality scores meets a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith S. Kelson, Michelle L. Polozola
  • Patent number: 8054957
    Abstract: A trusted telephone network, including at least one service provider, receives a request for service from an origin device. The origin device is associated with a line number to be billed for according to a line subscriber billing plan. An identity of a caller requesting the service from the origin device is authenticated. Then, a billing plan associated with the authenticated caller identity is accessed and utilized to replace or supplement the line subscriber billing plan, such that billing for service provided at an origin device is specified according to the caller currently utilizing the origin device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 8036962
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed for determining payers of cost events in a billing environment. A biller may provide billable services or goods for its customers. At least one participant may be involved in rendering the services or goods, or a service or good related thereto. The payer for each invoice may be determined depending on one or more factors, such as the type of service or good provided and/or the relationships between the involved participant. Additional features may be provided, such as issuing an invoice to the identified payer to request payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Manfred Crumbach, Martin von der Emde
  • Patent number: 8036354
    Abstract: An enhanced Calling Party Pays (CPP) or Paging Party Pays (PPP) system that enables 1) billing of calls originating from traditionally non-billable sources, 2) routing of incoming calls to voicemail if the caller does not wish to incur the additional charges, 3) allowing the caller to complete the call and charge the cellular (or paging) subscriber for additional air-time usage when the caller enters a PIN or security code, also referred to as a billing override code, and 4) allowing the caller to block CPP/PPP charges from being billed to the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Gordon Lynn Blumenschein, Douglas Marshall, Roger Albert Sosa, Carlos Donoso
  • Patent number: 8019062
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for altering an administrator of a multi-way call during the multi-way call connection and transferring the associated charges from one administrator to another. After a multi-way call connection is established from the originating party to many participating parties, the originating party may be given an opportunity to shift an administrator role to one of the participating parties. The participating party designated to be a new administrator may accept or refuse the request from the originating party. Once the participating party accepts the new administrator role, the subsequent charges may be transferred to the participating party and the originating party may be able to continue in or to drop out from the multi-way call without further responsibility of charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Herman Rodriguez, Newton James Smith, Jr., Clifford Jay Spinac
  • Patent number: 7983655
    Abstract: A method and system for processing a prepaid call in a mobile telecommunications network is provided. A default call processing parameter for processing a call can control the processing of the call when communications between the Mobile Switching Center and the Service Control Point fails. The value of the default call processing parameter can be set to permit the call to continue or to be terminated in accordance with a characteristic associated with the call, such as a characteristic of the dialed telephone number or a nature of address in the case of an outgoing call or a location of the terminating mobile subscriber in the case of an incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Mustafa Anwar Kazmi
  • Patent number: 7961858
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods which provide techniques providing account setup, management and transaction authorization determinations in real-time using transaction interrupt messaging. Embodiments preferably take into consideration the quality of one or more parties to the transaction and the means by which charges may be rendered to them when making account setup, management, and/or transaction authorization determinations. Accordingly, transactions, such as collect calls, meeting at least some minimal risk threshold may be completed on a first call attempt, even where a pre-arranged billing agreement or other business relationship is not previously in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle L. Polozola, Anthony Hershberger, Robert L. Rae, Marc Hite, Luke Keiser
  • Patent number: 7953213
    Abstract: A method of transmitting value via a telephone system, includes receiving a request from a Grantor to designate a predetermined number of minutes that are to be reserved to fund a telephone call between a telephone number associated with a Beneficiary and a telephone number belonging to the Grantor, receiving a request to establish the telephone call between the telephone number associated with the Beneficiary and the telephone number belonging to the Grantor, establishing the telephone call between the telephone number associated with the Beneficiary and the telephone number belonging to the Grantor, and deducting from the predetermined number of minutes a number of minutes corresponding to a length of time of the call between the telephone number associated with the Beneficiary and the telephone number belonging to the Grantor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Aurora Financial Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rene Pierre Babi, Mark Mathias Silbernagel
  • Patent number: 7953388
    Abstract: Calls to a wireless telephone number that are to be redirected by a gateway switch to another number can be properly billed, even if the wireless telephone number is ported to another service provider by billing the wireless telephone number subscriber for the charge that would have been incurred by placing a call to the forwarded number from the mobile telephone located in its home service area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie L. Millen, Martin H. Van Leeuwen
  • Patent number: 7945242
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a telephony service are disclosed. A telephone network is provided, which may be a physical network or a virtual network hosted by an existing network. Network identifies defined by SIM cards, or telephones with built-in SIM cards, are issued to network users. The SIM cards defines a network identity including a unique network telephone number. The network, which is preferably an intelligent network (IN) is configured to permit telephones of the users to receive calls and/or messages, irrespective of the status of a user's account with the network. In addition, the network is configured to permit users without credit or airtime to make an outgoing call to an intended call recipient, the call being disconnected after a predetermined number of rings. This is sufficient to create a missed call notification on a mobile telephone of the intended call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Ari Kahn
    Inventor: Ari Kahn
  • Publication number: 20110110506
    Abstract: Prior to establishing a collect call, the called party agrees to pay an additional fee for any three-way call that may be established during the proposed collect call. If during the collect call, the called party attempts to add a third party to the collect call, a call processing system determines whether the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call. If the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call, the number will be dialed in an attempt to establish a three-way call. If the third person's phone number is not blocked from accepting a collect call, the called party to the original collect call will be advised that the phone number entered is not eligible for three-ways calling during the collect call, and the parties to the original collect call will be reconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Jeremiah Bayne
  • Patent number: 7881446
    Abstract: Inmate communications systems provide a feature-rich platform with a high degree of flexibility and security employing call control facilities located off institutional premises. Authentication processes for calling and called party verification include biometric techniques in some embodiments. Distributed processing of call control and billing provide flexible interactive call payment processes. Preferred embodiments feature voice over IP transmission and control featuring controlled access to avoid addition of unauthorized third-party call participants. Monitoring, recording and selective forwarding of calls is provided under control of system administrators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Confinement Telephony Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Larry Apple, Timothy Edwin Pabon, John Vincent Townsend, III
  • Patent number: 7876887
    Abstract: Prior to establishing a collect call, the called party agrees to pay an additional fee for any three-way call that may be established during the proposed collect call. If during the collect call, the called party attempts to add a third party to the collect call, a call processing system determines whether the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call. If the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call, the number will be dialed in an attempt to establish a three-way call. If the third person's phone number is not blocked from accepting a collect call, the called party to the original collect call will be advised that the phone number entered is not eligible for three-ways calling during the collect call, and the parties to the original collect call will be reconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Jeremiah Bayne
  • Patent number: 7860227
    Abstract: If a call is originated from a DKT, a first node being a calling party prepares a call identifying information item using a call number and a Node ID, and transmits the information item to a second node being a called party. If the first node and the second node receive a disconnect request of the call from the DKT, each of the nodes transmits an accounting information item and the call identification item to an accounting apparatus. The accounting apparatus sums up accounting information items having the same call identification item, and performs accounting processing for the summed accounting information as total accounting information of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takashi Aoki
  • Patent number: 7860226
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods which provide techniques providing account setup, management and transaction authorization determinations in real-time using transaction interrupt messaging. Embodiments preferably take into consideration the quality of one or more parties to the transaction and the means by which charges may be rendered to them when making account setup, management, and/or transaction authorization determinations. Accordingly, transactions, such as collect calls, meeting at least some minimal risk threshold may be completed on a first call attempt, even where a pre-arranged billing agreement or other business relationship is not previously in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Falcone, Robert Mudd, Timothy J. Murphy, Jimmie Jones, Jr., Marc Hite, Luke Keiser, Bruce Cooper, Michelle L. Polozola, Randy Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20100322400
    Abstract: Device, system, and method of routing telephone calls. For example, a method of routing a telephone call includes: receiving from a first party a rejection profile, indicating that the first party wishes to reject an incoming telephone call which meet at least one criterion unless the first party is not charged for any charges associated with said incoming telephone call; receiving a request of a second party to place a telephone call to said first party, wherein the telephone call is expected to incur one or more charges to the first party; if the telephone call meets said at least one criterion of the rejection profile of the first party, notifying the second party that the telephone call is not routed to the first party unless the second party agrees to pay for all charges associated with said telephone call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Arik Katzenstein
  • Patent number: 7809120
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operator type calling and billing is accomplished by either automated operator instruction prompts, live operator instruction prompts or a combination of both automated and live operator prompts and live or automated billing verification and authorization processes. The operator call type and billing method can be used for operator calls such as calling card, credit card, collect, third party or person-to-person operator calls. In an embodiment the called party is given the option of paying for the incoming collect telephone call with a credit or debit card or with a calling card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Alfred T. Forrest, II
  • Patent number: 7809121
    Abstract: A dialed universal telephone number is translated into a toll free telephone number corresponding to a telecommunications relay service center in a telecommunications system. When the call is connected to the telecommunications relay service center, information that identifies the caller is reliably forwarded to the telecommunications relay service center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., SBC Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Harold C. Fleischer, III, Judy Mandolini
  • Patent number: 7792267
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for automatic call completion in a directory assistance system in concert with the public switched telephone network (PSTN). In accordance with the present invention, a method for automatic call completion in a directory assistance system can include receiving and processing a directory assistance request from a calling party over the PSTN. An address for the calling party can be retrieved from the PSTN and an address for a telephone number produced by the directory assistance request can be second retrieved from within the directory assistance system. Prospective telephone charges can be computed based upon the retrieved addresses and the calling party can be prompted with the computed prospective charges. Finally, a call can be automatically completed between the calling party and the telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Creamer, Peeyush Jaiswal, Victor S. Moore
  • Patent number: 7738642
    Abstract: A call agent (CA) connects a IP telephone and a public switching telephone on the basis of a called-destination telephone number which corresponds to received reverse-charging service number from the IP telephone; a reverse-charging service control apparatus causes an exchange to stop charging; the CA and the reverse-charging service control apparatus calculate a charging information items, respectively; and generate a fee information by setting a charged party information so that a sum of fees in an IP network and a public switching telephone network may be charged to the called-destination telephone number, and transmit the fee information to an IP/PSTN charging management apparatus on a called destination side; and generate other fee information so that a fee in the network on a call origination side may be charged to a business company of called destination, and transmit the fee information to the apparatus on a call origination side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Honda, Satoshi Matsuhashi, Kouichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7734289
    Abstract: A network element includes at least one input to receive communications from a plurality of terminal devices and a plurality of network elements, a processing unit and logic to classify the communications as a type of user information, and a router to route the communications according to the type of user information. The communication may be routed to at least one of a plurality of subnetworks according to the type of user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Venson M Shaw, David W. Holmes, Steven I Carlson
  • Publication number: 20100111274
    Abstract: An inmate calls a call processing system and provides two phone numbers to it. The first phone number is for a 2nd Party who will accept the inmate's collect call and who will agree to pay any additional charge for adding a third party to the collect call. The second phone number is for a 3rd Party the inmate would like added to the collect call. The call processing system places the inmate on hold while the system dials the 2nd Party. When the 2nd Party accepts the inmate's collect call and agrees to pay for an additional fee for establishing a three-way call during the collect call, the inmate is taken off hold and is connected to the 2nd Party. During the collect call, the 2nd Party may signal the system to add the 3rd Party to the collect call in progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony Jeremiah Bayne
  • Patent number: 7711098
    Abstract: A call is forwarded by connecting the call between an originating location and a forwarding location without connecting the call through a terminating location. The originating location is associated with a calling party. The terminating location is associated with a dialed number. The terminating location and the forwarding location is associated with the called party. A bill for the call is apportioned between the calling party and the called party. The bill portion for the calling party is a function of the originating location and the terminating location. The bill portion for the called party is a function of the terminating location and the forwarding location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., William Todd Marshall, Partho Pratim Mishra, Douglas M Nortz, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 7680481
    Abstract: A method of processing multi-leg calls in a communication network is provided. The method comprises: receiving a call for a user at a first entity in the network; establishing a first call leg to a second entity; generating a first charging data record with at least one field, wherein the field contains a charging identifier for the first call leg; receiving a response from the second entity; establishing a second call leg to a third entity; generating a second charging data record with at least two fields, wherein the first field contains a charging identifier for the second call leg and the second field contains a copy of the charging identifier for the first call leg; and sending the charging data records to a third entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Ejzak, Nick J. Mazzarella, Bharat H. Patel, Thomas Trayer Towle
  • Patent number: 7657013
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for ensuring a real-time connection between users and selected service providers using voice mail. The system enables seekers of a wide array of services to select, contact, converse, and pay for a service provider using a communications device such as the telephone. A seeker locates a service provider by providing the name of a profession, which is recognized by the system's software. Once a service provider is selected, the system connects the seeker with the service provider for a live conversation. However, during service provider unavailability, the system enables the seeker to leave a voice mail message for the service provider and reconnects the user and service provider once the message is reviewed by the service provider. The system automatically bills the seeker for the time spent conversing with the service provider and compensates the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lurie, Scott Faber, Sean Van der Linden
  • Patent number: 7643816
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a messaging system for managing communications resources and are particularly suitable for providing a means for subscribers of a telecommunications network to continue participating in a communications service that would otherwise be ended due to the calling party having a low or zero balance. Embodiments of the invention are generally applicable to users of a mobile network. Embodiments of the invention provide a messaging system for use by the telecommunications network to transmit a message to a remote party, where the remote party is identified by means of a telephone calling identifier associated with a call setup request for a telecommunications session received from a user of the telecommunications network. The messaging system comprises a storage system for storing data providing a predetermined definition of message content to be sent to the remote party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: CVON Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Timo Romppanen, Ismo Antikainen
  • Patent number: 7613449
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a messaging system for managing communications resources and are particularly suitable for providing a means for subscribers of a telecommunications network to continue participating in a communications service that would otherwise be ended due to the calling party having a low or zero balance. Embodiments of the invention are generally applicable to users of a mobile network. Embodiments of the invention provide a messaging system for use by the telecommunications network to transmit a message to a remote party, where the remote party is identified by means of a telephone calling identifier associated with a call setup request for a telecommunications session received from a user of the telecommunications network. The messaging system comprises a storage system for storing data providing a predetermined definition of message content to be sent to the remote party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: CVON Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Timo Romppanen, Ismo Antikainen
  • Patent number: 7599478
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing online charging in an IMS network. An IMS gateway system receives a first message from a CSCF through a first interface for a call session, and processes the first message to determine whether to contact an OCS for online charging for the call session. If the determination is to contact the OCS, then the IMS gateway system generates a second message that comprises a charging request to transmit to the OCS. The IMS gateway system then maps fields of the first message in the first protocol to fields in the second message in a second protocol used by the OCS, and transmits the second message to the OCS through a second interface. The second message provides the OCS the proper information to perform online charging functions for the call session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Yigang Cai, Xiang Yang Li, Peng Wang, Jay Z. Zhao
  • Publication number: 20090097624
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for allocating communications-related charges are disclosed. In an exemplary method, a communications device receives notification of an uncompleted incoming call attempt, the notification including a calling a party identifier. The communication device retrieves a call attempt descriptor associated with the uncompleted incoming call, the call attempt descriptor comprising charge-back data. In response to the initiation of a return call to the calling party, the communication device sends a charge-back message, comprising all or part of the charge-back data, to a charge allocation server for use in allocating charges relating to the return call. An exemplary system, including a charge allocation server, for implementing the disclosed methods is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Troed Nils Rickard Sangberg, Patrik Seger
  • Patent number: 7519169
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the dissemination of information from a controlled environment facility employ facility information management functionality managing resident information and facility information, and call manager functionality selectively providing at least a portion of the resident information and/or the facility information to an outside party in an automated manner. The invention may employ outgoing IVR functionality to provide select portions of the resident information in response to the call manager recognizing that a call is a first call by a resident, or a first call to a particular telephone number by a resident. The invention may manage information related to providers of services or goods for residents of a facility, provide an outside party this information, and notify a selected provider of selection of that provider by the outside party to provide goods or services for a resident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Evercom Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh R. Hingoranee, Richard Falcone, Randy Hoffman, Luke Keiser, Marc Hite, Lee R. Johnson, Michelle L. Davis
  • Publication number: 20090067599
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to connect telephone calls and track information about the telephone calls resulting from advertisements on mobile/wireless media channels. In one embodiment, a method includes: assigning a telephone number to an advertiser, one of the telephone number and a reference to the telephone number to be included in an advertisement provided to an end user via a wireless media; and, monitoring telephone connections to the telephone number to bill the advertiser for the advertisement in response to each telephone connection to the telephone number. In one embodiment, a method includes: a first party providing an advertisement to a mobile device on behalf of an advertiser, the advertisement to include at least a reference to a telephonic connection with the advertiser; and, the first party collecting a fee from the advertiser in response to a telephonic connection being established between the advertiser and customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: UTBK, INC.
    Inventors: Anuj AGARWAL, Nitin AHUJA, Ebbe ALTBERG, Scott FABER, Mark Arthur Buchler HALSTEAD, Sean VAN DER LINDEN
  • Patent number: 7492880
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for altering an administrator of a multi-way call during the multi-way call connection and transferring the associated charges from one administrator to another. After a multi-way call connection is established from the originating party to many participating parties, the originating party may be given an opportunity to shift an administrator role to one of the participating parties. The participating party designated to be a new administrator may accept or refuse the request from the originating party. Once the participating party accepts the new administrator role, the subsequent charges may be transferred to the participating party and the originating party may be able to continue in or to drop out from the multi-way call without further responsibility of charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Herman Rodriguez, Newton J. Smith, Jr., Clifford J. Spinac
  • Patent number: 7436942
    Abstract: The present invention relates in general to communication networks and more specifically to a system and a method for charging in a communication network, especially in an IP Multimedia network. The new charging system allows charging principles used in traditional telecom networks to be applied also in IP Multimedia networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Harri Hakala, Johan Lundström, Patrik Teppo
  • Patent number: 7426263
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for billing for orders placed from a destination device according to the calling plan of the individual receiving the call. An authenticated identity for a callee answering a call placed to a destination device is received at an intermediary device. The intermediary device then accesses a billing plan for the authenticated identity of the callee and loads the billing plan for specifying charges for the call. When an order is placed by the callee with a caller, billing specifications for the order are automatically filled in from the billing plan. Responsive to a single entry by the callee at the destination telephony device, an authorization for billing the order according to the billing specifications is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Publication number: 20080219421
    Abstract: A system for transferring credit between subscribers (12) of differing telecommunications carriers (14). The system involves a first subscriber (12a) sending a communication message (26), via a first communication device (16a), to a destination address (24) associated with a payment facilitator (22a) possessed by a first telecommunication carrier (14a). The communication message (26) includes the unique identifier of a second communication device (16b) possessed by a second subscriber (12b) of a second telecommunication carrier (14b) and the amount to be transferred. The payment facilitator (22a) of the first telecommunication carrier (14a) determines the identity of the first subscriber (12a) by ascertaining the unique identifier of the first communication device (16a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Paysetter Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Eugenio Donato Renato Limlengco Enriquez
  • Patent number: 7424102
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for charging for services in a communication system supporting a Diameter IP protocol, comprising defining at least one attribute value pair to define sponsorship information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Juha-Pekka Koskinen, Juha R. Vallinen
  • Patent number: 7424101
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and systems for making a call. Such methods and systems may request the call using a network, initiate a first leg to a caller device based on the request, initiate a second leg to a receiver device based on the request, connect the first leg and the second leg to make the call, and bill the call to a account associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Robbins, James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, Arthur Doskow
  • Publication number: 20080175363
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for altering an administrator of a multi-way call during the multi-way call connection and transferring the associated charges from one administrator to another. After a multi-way call connection is established from the originating party to many participating parties, the originating party may be given an opportunity to shift an administrator role to one of the participating parties. The participating party designated to be a new administrator may accept or refuse the request from the originating party. Once the participating party accepts the new administrator role, the subsequent charges may be transferred to the participating party and the originating party may be able to continue in or to drop out from the multi-way call without further responsibility of charges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Herman Rodriguez, Newton James Smith, Clifford J. Spinac
  • Patent number: 7403603
    Abstract: A telecommunications service translates an abbreviated dialing code into a toll free number, routes the call to an interexchange carrier, and manages the billing associated with the call. A billing system processes the billing such that a subscriber of the abbreviated dialing code service is billed for the call rather than a calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignees: AT&T Services, Inc., AT&T Teleholdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dianna Inara Tiliks, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Susanne Marie Crockett, Nancy Ann Book, John Wesley Moss, Thomas Joseph McBlain, Gordon Lynn Blumenschein, William M. Moy, Kenneth Robert Stroud
  • Patent number: 7394893
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for billing for order places from an origin device according to the current caller billing plan are provided. A billing plan associated with an authenticated caller identity of a caller using an origin device is accessed by a vendor order center during a call placed to the vendor order center. At least one account provider is specified in the billing plan. A selection of one from among multiple account providers is specified for the order. The caller then authorizes the order and a bill for the order is transferred according to the authenticated caller identifier and the authorization for the account provider selection, such that the vendor order center is enabled to bill for the order with limited authenticated account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 7391855
    Abstract: A method and associated system are provided for processing data to complete a collect telephone call to a called-party that has prepaid an account to pay for the collect call. Data is received regarding a collect call from a caller to the called-party. Next it is determining whether the called party is associated with a prepaid account and the rate to be applied to the collect call. The rate to be applied to the call is increased by a tax rate and the data is sent regarding the call rate to be applied to the collect call so that the call can be completed between the called party and caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Verizon Business Global LLC
    Inventors: Regina L. Winstead, Daniel Tor
  • Publication number: 20080063163
    Abstract: Prior to establishing a collect call, the called party agrees to pay an additional fee for any three-way call that may be established during the proposed collect call. If during the collect call, the called party attempts to add a third party to the collect call, a call processing system determines whether the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call. If the third party's phone number is blocked from accepting a collect call, the number will be dialed in an attempt to establish a three-way call. If the third person's phone number is not blocked from accepting a collect call, the called party to the original collect call will be advised that the phone number entered is not eligible for three-ways calling during the collect call, and the parties to the original collect call will be reconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Anthony Jeremiah Bayne
  • Publication number: 20070286368
    Abstract: A routing device and method for connecting a free-of-charge call from a customer to a company using the company's own preexisting telecom infrastructure such that the company avoids the added cost of a third party free-of-charge service provider. The device and method provide one or more triggers allowing a customer to initiate a free-of-charge call to the company, e.g., an icon or other link appearing in the company's website or email which a customer may click to initiate the trigger, or an advertised SMS target number to which a customer may send an SMS message. Upon receiving a trigger, the routing device immediately calls the customer back and connects the customer to the appropriate company department or representative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Reuven Gamliel
  • Patent number: 7289613
    Abstract: A telephone call may have more than one identifier, e.g., a billing telephone number and a caller's telephone number, within its signaling stream. Each identifier may have an associated call servicing profile. The invention determines which of several call profiles associated with identifiers within the call signaling stream should be used to service the call. The invention involves reading the identifiers, retrieving the profiles associated with the identifiers, if they exist, and selecting one of the profiles to use based on data in the profiles and a profile priority scheme. The invention may be realized in relation to an information assistance service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Metro One Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Bryant Baker