Redirect Billing Patents (Class 379/114.21)
  • Patent number: 7289612
    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: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lurie, Scott Faber, Sean Van der Linden
  • Patent number: 7257209
    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: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Gordon Lynn Blumenschein, Douglas Marshall, Roger Albert Sosa, Carlos Donoso
  • Patent number: 7251317
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for making a call. In one embodiment, 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 a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Robbins, James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, Arthur Doskow
  • Patent number: 7228155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for providing a RF module configured to convert a nontraditional transaction device for traditional transaction completion. The RF module is placed in physical and logical communication with a microprocessor of a nontraditional transaction device for receiving a personalization file to enable the RF module to complete RF transactions. In an exemplary embodiment, the microprocessor is configured to receive the personalization file from a mobile device account provider subsequent to an end user establishing communication with the device account provider and notifying the provider that a RF module is to be personalized. The mobile device account provider may receive the personalization file from a RF module account issuer and provide the personalization file to the RF module via the mobile device microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter D. Saunders
  • Patent number: 7164757
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage collect phone calling limits are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises: determining if collect calls from one or more predetermined locations to a terminating phone number have exceeded a collect calls limit; and determining a future date when collect calls will be permitted from the one or more predetermined locations to the terminating phone number if the collect calls limit has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael P. Link
  • Patent number: 7158621
    Abstract: Inmates place free incoming calls to a call processing system and are prompted to choose between accessing a voice mail system and calling an outside party. If an outside party is to be called, an inmate provides a phone number and an outgoing call is placed to the outside party. If the outside party provides payment for the call, the inmate is connected to the outgoing call and the incoming call is terminated. If the outgoing call is not accepted, the inmate may record a voice message for the outside party in a voice mailbox assigned to the inmate. For an access fee, the outside party may access the voice mailbox assigned to the inmate. Advertising messages may be presented to inmates during incoming calls and/or to outside parties during outgoing calls. Advertising revenue may cover incoming call charges. Inmates and/or outside parties may record voice messages for advertisers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Anthony J. Bayne
  • Patent number: 7136679
    Abstract: An apparatus in one example comprises a call control component that sets a call category for a call to indicate that the call terminates at an announcement server component prior to connection with a called communication device. Upon receipt of an answer message from the announcement server component, the call control component drops the answer message based on the call category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin D. Beauford
  • Patent number: 7120237
    Abstract: A method of processing a collect call. The method includes receiving a request for a collect call from a calling party and transmitting information required pursuant to a detariffing order to a called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corp.
    Inventors: John P. Ruckart, Rimas J. Rauba
  • Patent number: 7116768
    Abstract: In an implementation of collect callback, a call-in service establishes a communication link with a caller and initiates a collect callback option for the caller. A switch receives callback data from the call-in service and utilizes the callback data to establish a collect call via a second communication link between the caller and the call-in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: dX/dY Voice Processing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Smith, Michael L. Eberle
  • Patent number: 7110792
    Abstract: A mobile communication device with security mechanisms is provided for enabling wireless personal information transfer with increased security. In another embodiment of the invention, a mobile communication device is used to confirm a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Einar Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 7099652
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and program for originating a billed transaction at an origin telephony device are provided. A request to originate a billed transaction is received from an origin device. The identity of a callee answering a call originated by the origin device is authenticated. Responsive to receiving an acceptance of the call by the callee, an account accessed by the authenticated identity of said callee is billed to complete said billed transaction, such that the origin device is enabled to initiate the billed transaction charged to the callee. In particular, a service associated with the billed transaction may only available for a particular callee or selection of callees. In addition, the callee may elect which account to charge for the billed transaction. Further, the identity of the caller originating the call at the origin device is forwarded to the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 7095832
    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: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignees: Ameritech Corporation, SBC Services, 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: 7092385
    Abstract: A session initiation protocol (SIP) server adds billing and authentication information to conventional SIP messages used in establishing call transfers. This additional information is later verified by a SIP server and used to enable advanced billing and fraud protection features for call transfers in a SIP telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: MCI, LLC
    Inventors: John Kenneth Gallant, Kathleen A. McMurry, Mariafranca Gregorat
  • Patent number: 7076038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of and apparatus employing the method for automatically enabling long-distance calls on the land-line public telephone switched network and debiting the wireless subscriber's account an amount for the long-distance call. The method includes the steps of providing a predetermined telephone number having means for answering the call; answering the call, receiving a password entered by a user; comparing the entered password to a stored password to enable access to the landline public telephone switched system. The method also includes accepting a long-distance telephone number to be called, initiating a call on the land-line network at the entered long-distance telephone number. If the receiving instrument answers, the call is timed. Upon termination of the call, data is stored corresponding to the elapsed time of the call and the subscriber's account is debited an amount for the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventor: Kien Pham
  • Patent number: 7046776
    Abstract: A method for converting a three-party telecommunications connection which is switched via the public communications network into a two-party telecommunications connection wherein, after the telecommunications switching office (VST B), via which a three-party telecommunications connection between two subscriber lines and a further subscriber line or between two subscriber lines and an operator's position is routed, has received a request from the further subscriber line or the operator's position, a new direct telecommunications connection is set up between the two subscriber lines and the existing sections of the three-party telecommunications connection between these two subscriber lines and the further subscriber line or the operator's position are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Henz, Bernhard Krembs
  • Patent number: 7042992
    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: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Evercom Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Falcone, Robert Mudd, Timothy J. Murphy, Jimmie Jones, Jr., Marc Hite, Luke Keiser
  • Patent number: 7013002
    Abstract: A method of providing collect call service includes receiving a request for a collect call from a calling party (18). A selected number to call is received. A call is placed to a receiving party (20). Agreeability of the receiving party (20) to accept the credit card billing for the collect call is determined. The calling party (18) is connected to the receiving party (20) in response to the acceptance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Link, Kenneth A. Skupien, Pepper Mulherin
  • Patent number: 6996216
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for compensating recipients of calls are provided. A request to bill a caller a tariff for a call is initiated, wherein the caller originates the call. The caller is prompted to accept payment of the tariff to receive access to a destination line during the call. Responsive to negotiating for the payment of the tariff from the caller, the caller is connected with the destination line, such that the caller pays for access to the destination line. In particular, the caller may pay for access to a particular callee at the destination line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 6977998
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for billing for service provided to 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, such that telephone service billed to the callee is accessible at multiple destination devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 6977999
    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: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi Communication Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Honda, Satoshi Matsuhashi, Kouichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6957059
    Abstract: An effective possibility for making collect calls available is provided by a method for registering and connecting a collect call characterized in that a calling mobile station sends a USSD message concerning a desired collect call with another mobile station to an intelligent network service in a communication network. The service in the communication network sends a text message with an inquiry concerning the transfer of costs for the collect call to the other mobile station. It is then determined by the other mobile station whether there is a willingness there to accept transfer of the costs of the collect call, and the other mobile station will call back the calling mobile station if cost transfer is has been accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Géza Oláh
  • Patent number: 6956935
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for billing for service provided to an origin device according to the current caller billing plan. 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: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 6928150
    Abstract: An approach for providing charging information of a call established over a data network is disclosed. A communications system includes a user agent that initiates a call to another user agent according to an application layer protocol. The system also includes a network element that assists in establishing the call and forwards information indicating that the call is chargeable to the user agent. The present invention has particular applicability to SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) IP (Internet Protocol) telephony services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: MCI, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Bernard Johnston
  • Patent number: 6925159
    Abstract: A billing system and method automatically charges a call to a predetermined telephone line wherein the call is placed by a calling part through a service. This service is any one or combination of a voice mail system, a call forwarding system, and the like. Preferably, this billing system and method also automatically charges the call to a predetermined telephone line even when the calling party places the call from a remote location. The billing system and method preferably includes a signal control point coupled to the calling party, the predetermined telephone line, and the service. Preferably, the signal control point is configured to implement the billing system and method such that the call placed by the calling party through the service is billed to the predetermined telephone line. A terminating attempt trigger within a switch associated with predetermined telephone line preferably directs this switch to record a duration of the call and a particular feature utilized for the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Connie Blackburn, Joel Brand, Douglas William Varney
  • Patent number: 6885856
    Abstract: A method of reducing telephone usage charges billed by a telephone service provider for connecting a source telephone to a target telephone by communicating to a computer system the telephone number of the source telephone, and communicating to the computer system the telephone number of the target telephone, with the computer system originating a connection to the source telephone and originating a connection to the target telephone. The computer system then connects the source telephone to the target telephone. This connection is made such that a telephone service provider for the source telephone interprets the source telephone as a receiving telephone and bills the source telephone number at the discount rate for incoming calls for the telephone call. The computer system for this system may include a PBX system and computers capable of managing phone calls to and from the PBX system to accommodate both two party and multiple party calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Chang-Sheng, Inc.
    Inventor: Hadi Nurcahya
  • Patent number: 6850605
    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: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignees: Ameritech Corporation, SBC Services, 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: 6850756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for charging for telecommunications links in a communications network. When a setup request for a communications link which is directed to a communications terminal and incurs a charge for a charge account associated with the communications terminal is deleted, a network node in the communications network performs sequences for setting up the communications link and forwarding sequences for setting up a forwarding communications link. To bill telecommunication charges securely and reliably at all times, even in the course of roaming, forwarding information is stored in a memory network node in the communications network during the forwarding sequences. Debiting of communication charges for the communications link from the charge account associated with the communications terminal is prevented if the memory network node stores the forwarding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Berg, Ronald Heine
  • Publication number: 20040218746
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to a process for switching telephone conversations that are to be paid for by the recipient. In order to provide a process that is less cost intensive and thus economical while simultaneously largely avoiding errors at the time of switching the conversation, the invention proposes a process in which the telephone number of the call recipient is transmitted to a switching system by the caller, and the telephone number is checked in terms of its validity in a databank adjustment unit, and then, following prior authorization by the call recipient, a telecommunications connection is automatically established between the caller and the call recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventor: Omer Kaan Varol
  • Patent number: 6807258
    Abstract: A method and system for billing remote calls includes the provisioning of an active terminating attempt trigger on a subscriber's primary line. To make a long-distance call from a remote location, the subscriber calls a service control node and provides a destination calling line number and the subscriber's primary line number (e.g., home telephone number). The SCN assembles the data into a string and includes a feature access code. This string is transmitted to a switch that recognizes the feature access code and transmits a message to a service control point. The service control point also recognizes the feature access code and reassembles the message into a call structure containing the primary line number, the destination line number, and a code indicating that the message should be reassembled. This message is transmitted back to the switch which then routes the call to the primary line switch where the trigger is encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 6788927
    Abstract: A telecommunication call service is provided that directs incoming and/or outgoing cellular call charges to be billed to another payment party when placed to a telephone number specified by the payment party. The payment party has pre-established a list of telephone numbers with call direction authorized to be placed with the wireless number and identifies payment means in a payment account to be directly debited by the financed payment manager application for the authorized wireless calls. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, an originating telephone switch detecting a specific prepaid wireless subscriber/other party telephone number pair directs the call to an Integrated Service Control Point (ISCP) for call handling under the financed payment service feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Pohutsky, Alan Perunovich, Scott R. Trichon, Timothy J. Lorello
  • Patent number: 6788771
    Abstract: A method of operating a telecommunications device wherein the telecommunications device is used to detect an outgoing call from a calling party to a called number. The calling number is used to determine whether or not the calling party is a universal service user. If it is determined that the called number is among a class of numbers exempt from charges, the call is connected. A determination on the sufficiency of funds in a pre-paid account is made. If it is determined that there are insufficient funds in a pre-paid account to cover charges associated with the outgoing call, a message is generated and sent to the calling party or a third party requesting authorization to charge an additional fee for connecting the calling party with the called party and providing related information or application services. User input is received from the calling party, indicating the calling party's authorization of such charge. The connection between the calling party and the called party is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: FreeTech, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Charles L. Manto
  • Patent number: 6788674
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for establishing a collect call originated through a packet based network is provided. In accordance with various embodiments of the invention, a system is described that facilitates voice communication between a calling party and a party to be called while the costs of the communication session are charged to the called party. In one embodiment, the called party is queried as to whether they wish to accept the costs associated with the pending voice communication session, prior to the two parties being placed in voice communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: ITXC, Inc.
    Inventors: Murali Karamchedu, Jeffrey B. Sponaugle
  • Publication number: 20040058670
    Abstract: A telecommunication call service is provided that directs incoming and/or outgoing cellular call charges to be billed to another payment party when placed to a telephone number specified by the payment party. The payment party has pre-established a list of telephone numbers with call direction authorized to be placed with the wireless number and identifies payment means in a payment account to be directly debited by the financed payment manager application for the authorized wireless calls. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, an originating telephone switch detecting a specific prepaid wireless subscriber/other party telephone number pair directs the call to an Integrated Service Control Point (ISCP) for call handling under the financed payment service feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Joseph Pohutsky, Alan Perunovich, Scott R. Trichon, Timothy J. Lorello
  • Patent number: 6704403
    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: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Ingenio, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lurie, Scott Faber, Sean Van der Linden
  • Publication number: 20040042597
    Abstract: The present system for automatically billing direct dialed calls to a subscriber designated third party number enables a subscriber to generate a list of called numbers, each of which has associated with it a third party billing number. Whenever the subscriber dials a called number from their home location, the Local Exchange Carrier automatically compares the direct dialed number with the numbers stored on this list. If the Local Exchange Carrier identifies a match, the charges for the direct dialed call are automatically and directly billed to the third party number on the list. The list is typically stored and managed by an Alternate Billing Server maintained by the third party but can also be stored and managed by the Local Exchange Carrier or the Inter-Exchange Carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: William Stanley Atkins, William Jackson Bushnell
  • Patent number: 6697469
    Abstract: A calling-party-pays gateway operative for billing a surcharge for a telecommunication service to an account associated with a calling line number. The calling-party-pays gateway is configured for connection between a telephone system and a switch servicing a group of terminating stations such that all communications directed to terminating stations serviced by the switch are routed through the gateway. When the gateway receives a connection request defining a communication directed to a terminating station serviced by the switch, the gateway determines whether the terminating station is associated with an account that requires the surcharge to be billed to the account associated with the calling line number. If the terminating station is associated with an account that requires the surcharge to be billed to the account associated with the calling line number, the gateway determines whether the account associated with the calling line number is pre-approved to receive the surcharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Karl Koster
  • Patent number: 6639978
    Abstract: A method for determining an identity of an entity responsible for billing a called party of an alternatively billed telephone call is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a telephone number, the telephone number being associated with the called party. An initial entity identifier is acquired, the initial entity identifier being an OCN associated with the telephone number. Additional steps may be made in response to the telephone number wherein more accurate information is gathered and utilized to ensure the reliable determination of the identity of the entity responsible for ultimately billing the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Evercom Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadia Draizin, Aytxa Ramirez, David J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6639977
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method that allows a calling party to call a destination number and, upon approval of the called party, reverse the billing of the telephone call so that it is deducted from an account owned and maintained by the called party other than the account associated with the destination number. The method of the present invention includes the steps of receiving a predetermined access number from a calling party; prompting for a destination number; notifying a called party of the call they are receiving; allowing the called party to accept the call and enter a number associated with an account other than the telephone service account of the destination telephone number; verifying the account number and whether the account has sufficient value available; completing the telephone call to the destination number; and processing the charges associated with the call to be charged against the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Evercom Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobb Swope, Donald B. Vaello
  • Publication number: 20030198325
    Abstract: Inmates place free incoming calls to a call processing system and are prompted to choose between accessing a voice mail system and calling an outside party. If an outside party is to be called, an inmate provides a phone number and an outgoing call is placed to the outside party. If the outside party provides payment for the call, the inmate is connected to the outgoing call and the incoming call is terminated. If the outgoing call is not accepted, the inmate may record a voice message for the outside party in a voice mailbox assigned to the inmate. For an access fee, the outside party may access the voice mailbox assigned to the inmate. Advertising messages may be presented to inmates during incoming calls and/or to outside parties during outgoing calls. Advertising revenue may cover incoming call charges. Inmates and/or outside parties may record voice messages for advertisers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: Anthony J. Bayne
  • Patent number: 6603843
    Abstract: A virtual private network and method of allocating one of plural communication terminals to a user in the virtual private network includes offering plural different types of communication terminals for selection by the user, defining plural different user profiles for the user, selecting one of the different types of communication terminals for use by the user, and allocating a one of the plural different user profiles to the selected one of the plural different types of terminals as a function of the type of communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joachim Hagemann
  • Patent number: 6584183
    Abstract: A method of operating a telecommunications device wherein the telecommunications device is used to detect an outgoing call from a calling party to a called number. The calling number is used to determine whether or not the calling party is a universal service user. If it is determined that the called number is among a class of numbers exempt from charges, the call is connected. A determination on the sufficiency of funds in a pre-paid account is made. If it is determined that there are insufficient funds in a pre-paid account to cover charges associated with the outgoing call, a message is generated and sent to the calling party or a third party requesting authorization to charge an additional fee for connecting the calling party with the called party. User input is received from the calling party, indicating the calling party's authorization of such charge. The connection between the calling party and the called party is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Charles L. Manto
  • Publication number: 20030112934
    Abstract: A method for determining an identity of an entity responsible for billing a called party of an alternatively billed telephone call is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a telephone number, the telephone number being associated with the called party. An initial entity identifier is acquired, the initial entity identifier being an OCN associated with the telephone number. Additional steps may be made in response to the telephone number wherein more accurate information is gathered and utilized to ensure the reliable determination of the identity of the entity responsible for ultimately billing the called party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Nadia Draizin, Aytxa Ramirez, David J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20030112935
    Abstract: A method, system, and program for billing for service provided to 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, such that telephone service billed to the callee is accessible at multiple destination devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Joseph Herbert McIntyre, Michael A. Paolini, James Mark Weaver, Scott Lee Winters
  • Patent number: 6577718
    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: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., William Todd Marshall, Partho Pratim Mishra, Douglas M Nortz, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 6570970
    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: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Gordon Lynn Blumenschein, Douglas Marshall, Roger Albert Sosa, Carlos Donoso
  • Publication number: 20030086546
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to a method of offering a service to a user. The method comprises receiving a dialed number from a request to initiate a collect telephone call from an origination source; processing the dialed number to determine whether payment may be received for the collect telephone call, wherein the processing blocks the collect call and stores the dialed number when the processing determines that payment may not be received for the collect telephone call; and establishing a telephone connection with the dialed number to communicate an offer for the service to a user associated with the dialed number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Richard Falcone, Keith S. Kelson, Jeremy W. Duke, Lee R. Johnson, Robert E. Sullivan, Randy Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6556818
    Abstract: A service is provided in which a landline telephone user can subscribe, for a fixed set fee, to billing coverage for any and all calls placed to a mobile CPP destination from the subscriber line, regardless of call duration. The fee, preferably, may be added to the subscriber's monthly bill. In response to placement of a telephone call to a CPP subscriber station, a land line network data base is accessed to obtain a call processing record for the called station to determine whether that the called station subscribes to CPP service. If so, a call processing record for the calling station is accessed to determine whether the calling station subscribes to the fixed fee billing for CPP calls. If so, call processing proceeds through a system tandem that formulates an IAM signaling message to be transmitted to a mobile system MSC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Mobile, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Meehan
  • Publication number: 20030076940
    Abstract: A method of operating a telecommunications device wherein the telecommunications device is used to detect an outgoing call from a calling party to a called number. The calling number is used to determine whether or not the calling party is a universal service user. If it is determined that the called number is among a class of numbers exempt from charges, the call is connected. A determination on the sufficiency of funds in a pre-paid account is made. If it is determined that there are insufficient funds in a pre-paid account to cover charges associated with the outgoing call, a message is generated and sent to the calling party or a third party requesting authorization to charge an additional fee for connecting the calling party with the called party and providing related information or application services. User input is received from the calling party, indicating the calling party's authorization of such charge. The connection between the calling party and the called party is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Charles L. Manto
  • Patent number: 6546238
    Abstract: Landline facilities are linked to a wireless mobile network for calling party pays (CPP) calls to mobile stations. In response to placement of a telephone call to a CPP subscriber station, a land line network data base is accessed to obtain a call processing record for the called station that is indicative that the called station subscribes to CPP service. Based on the call processing record, a determination is made as to whether the call is be accorded exception status from CPP service. If the call is to receive such exception status, a signaling message is transmitted to the mobile switching center (MSC) for the called subscriber station. The signaling message includes the calling station telephone number in altered form. The MSC, upon detection of the altered telephone number, effectively recognizes the call as a normal call. The MSC will complete the call to the called party and establish in the called party subscriber's billing record assessment of air time charges for the call to the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Mobile, Inc.
    Inventors: John Nightingale, Thomas Theohary
  • Patent number: 6535585
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for delivering a message from a calling party at a calling station to a called party at a called station, the method including: in response to an unsuccessful attempt to communicate from the calling station to the called station, storing a message from the calling station, using a messaging system, for later delivery to the called station; obtaining address information, using the messaging system, for the calling party and for the called station, from the calling station; attempting to deliver the message, using the messaging system, to the called station by initiating a communication from the messaging system to the called station using the address information for the called station that was obtained from the calling station; determining, using the messaging system, whether the message delivery attempt was successful; and, in response to successful delivery of the message, attempting to notify the calling party that the message to the called station was successfully delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Hanson, Douglas J. Murray