For Calling Station (e.g., Status Or Progress Tones) Patents (Class 379/257)
  • Patent number: 10733596
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for managing contactless transactions. A tap notification including at least a first identifier is received. A first counter in a first data set associated with the first identifier is incremented. It is determined if the first counter matches one of a plurality of thresholds. If it is determined that the first counter matches one of a plurality of thresholds, a first status level in the first data set is updated. A first set of benefits from a plurality of benefits stored in a memory based on the first status level is identified. The first set of benefits is associated with the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Emma K. Hopkinson
  • Patent number: 10498478
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for implementing optical interface and multiplexing devices. An input optical signal is received over an input fiber by an optical interface device. A modulated optical signal and an unmodulated optical signal are demultiplexed from the input optical signal, the unmodulated optical signal is modulated based on a data signal to generate an output optical signal; and the output optical signal is transmitted over an output fiber. A modulated optical signal is received over a network connection from an optical network by an optical multiplexing device. An unmodulated optical signal is generated using a generator device; the unmodulated optical signal and a signal that includes the modulated optical signal are multiplexed using an optical multiplexer to generate an output signal; and the output signal is transmitted over an output fiber to the optical interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Rahn
  • Patent number: 10097907
    Abstract: Example embodiments of a time division duplex (TDD) Wavelength Division Multiplex Passive Optical Network (WDM PON) architecture using passive optical splitters are disclosed herein. The disclosed TDD WDM PON includes fixed wavelength optical transmitters in an Optical Line Termination system with tunable receiver colorless Optical Network Units (ONUs) that reuse the downstream CW light to carry upstream data. The same wavelength may be used for downstream and upstream transmissions on a single fiber in the ODN. In this architecture, the number of ONUs may be greater than the number of transmitters at the OLT, allowing for a highly scalable system with capacity for growth. An example embodiment of the disclosed system uses Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) or WDM filters at the OLT and a passive optical splitter in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuxin Dai
  • Patent number: 9811825
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for managing contactless transactions. A tap notification including at least a first identifier is received. A first counter in a first data set associated with the first identifier is incremented. It is determined if the first counter matches one of a plurality of thresholds. If it is determined that the first counter matches one of a plurality of thresholds, a first status level in the first data set is updated. A first set of benefits from a plurality of benefits stored in a memory based on the first status level is identified. The first set of benefits is associated with the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Emma K. Hopkinson
  • Patent number: 9800723
    Abstract: A method, system, and relevant apparatuses for selecting a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) are disclosed. The method for selecting an MRBT includes: receiving a call request sent by a calling party, where the call request carries an MRBT type required by the calling party; sending the MRBT type required by the calling party to the MRBT server; obtaining MRBT information sent by an MRBT server, according to the MRBT type required by the calling party; and sending the MRBT information to the calling party. With the present invention, the calling party sends the required MRBT type, and the MRBT server provides the corresponding MRBT information for the calling party. Therefore, the calling party has an opportunity of selecting the MRBT type required by the calling party, and thus user experience is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenmei Gao, Guoqiao Chen, Jian Yang
  • Patent number: 9497520
    Abstract: Example embodiments of a time division duplex (TDD) Wavelength Division Multiplex Passive Optical Network (WDM PON) architecture using passive optical splitters are disclosed herein. The disclosed TDD WDM PON includes fixed wavelength optical transmitters in an Optical Line Termination system with tunable receiver colorless Optical Network Units (ONUs) that reuse the downstream CW light to carry upstream data. The same wavelength may be used for downstream and upstream transmissions on a single fiber in the ODN. In this architecture, the number of ONUs may be greater than the number of transmitters at the OLT, allowing for a highly scalable system with capacity for growth. An example embodiment of the disclosed system uses Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) or WDM filters at the OLT and a passive optical splitter in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuxin Dai
  • Patent number: 8996376
    Abstract: Techniques for improved text-to-speech processing are disclosed. The improved text-to-speech processing can convert text from an electronic document into an audio output that includes speech associated with the text as well as audio contextual cues. One aspect provides audio contextual cues to the listener when outputting speech (spoken text) pertaining to a document. The audio contextual cues can be based on an analysis of a document prior to a text-to-speech conversion. Another aspect can produce an audio summary for a file. The audio summary for a document can thereafter be presented to a user so that the user can hear a summary of the document without having to process the document to produce its spoken text via text-to-speech conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Reginald Dean Hudson
  • Patent number: 8971515
    Abstract: A system and a method for streaming audio data to a plurality of callers in a telecommunication system have been disclosed. The system facilitates streaming of audio data to a plurality of callers by establishing a single connection with an audio data publisher. The system receives the audio data from the audio data publisher over the internet or a similar network and streams the audio data to a plurality of callers over a telecommunication network. The audio data can be streamed to a caller as a ring-back tone of a callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Onmobile Global Limited
    Inventors: Harish Babu, Mouli Raman
  • Patent number: 8923487
    Abstract: Derivations of new PHY layer diagnostics primitives are based on the normalized error samples collected through G.993.5. The processing uses the ERB and L2 Ethernet packet encapsulation of these ERB data in order to abstract the processing from the PHY layer device dependency, as well as to allow a local and remote processing of the primitives for diagnostics purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ikanos Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent F. Alloin, Ming Gu, Laurent Pierrugues
  • Patent number: 8908853
    Abstract: A method and device for displaying information operate during a call service based on an IPTV system. When a first user terminal calls a second user terminal, a person-to-person communication enabler in the IPTV system obtains identity information of media streams of a ring tone service corresponding to the first user terminal and/or the second user terminal. The obtained identity information of the media streams of the ring tone service is sent to an Internet Protocol Television service terminal corresponding to a first user and/or a second user, for playing corresponding media streams of the ring tone service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenmei Gao, Lei Wang, Huiping Zhang, Shunan Fan
  • Patent number: 8855282
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8824657
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for providing ring back tones in a communication network. At first, a ring back tone device for storing and playing the ring back tone customized by a subscriber is established in the communication network. Whether a subscriber is a ring back tone service register subscriber is judged with a certain triggering mode, such as intelligent network triggering, signaling interception triggering, call forwarding triggering or switching device triggering. If it is judged the subscriber is a ring back tone service registered subscriber, a connection between the originating switching device and the terminating switching device and a connection between a switching device and the ring back tone device are established. When the called terminal is idle, the ring back tone device provides a piece of customized ring back tone to the calling subscriber for replacing traditional ring back tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuanming Lu, Xiaodong Zhao, Yongfeng Cai
  • Publication number: 20140226806
    Abstract: A system for enhancing tonal quality for ringback signals in a telecommunications network by adjusting audio processing during an alerting interval of a telecommunications session (e.g. during a telephone call). The system may be embodied in a telecommunications switching device and include a ringback manager process that provides the ability to adjust audio processing (e.g., by signaling to in-path equipment) which enhances the tonal quality of the ringback signal. As an example, a telephone system (e.g. equipment associated with establishment and operation of telephone communications sessions) can disable or attenuate operation of voice quality enhancement processing such as echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive level control, and the like, during the ringback or alerting interval or period of a telephone call so that the ringback tone provided to the calling party is not distorted by such processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: R. Brough Turner
  • Patent number: 8804937
    Abstract: A ring-back tone generator system receives an inbound call connection request forwarded from a phone switch (such as an MSC) that receives the inbound call connection request from a caller phone attempting to connect to a target phone (e.g., a subscriber). The ring-back tone generator system initiates generation of a first call connection on which to provide the customized ring-back tone (and/or custom video image data) to the caller phone. The ring-back tone generator system also transmits, based on receiving the inbound call connection request, an outbound call connection request to the phone switch (such as the MSC) to establish a second call connection through the phone switch to the target phone. Consequently, an MSC that normally handles such call processing now relies on the ring-back tone generator system to handle call processing and provide a custom ring-back tone service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: OnMobile Live, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. DeMent, Christophe Gerard
  • Patent number: 8798247
    Abstract: A system is provided to manage distribution of ring back multimedia content. The system includes a data store component to store the multimedia content and to associate the multimedia content with a called system. The system includes a distribution component operable when a caller system calls the called system to provide the multimedia content as ring back to the caller system. The content may be non-ring tone content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Raju, Youngky Kim
  • Patent number: 8731169
    Abstract: Examples include a system, method and program for notifying presence of a phone call participant. In an example, a computer receives a request from a first calling device to connect with one or more second calling devices through a network. The computer provides a presence notification on the first calling devices wherein the presence notification provides a repeating indicator which represents that the one or more second calling devices are connected. The computer determines that the one or more second calling devices has disconnected and in response the computer ceases the presence notification on the first calling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Dana L. Price
  • Patent number: 8724787
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8724786
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8705721
    Abstract: A system for providing ringback content. In the system, a user places a call on a communication device to a callee via a network. The network may store content information about the user and uses this content information to deduce the intent of the user's call. The callee provides ringback content to the user's communication device based on the deduced user call intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Raju, Steven Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8705727
    Abstract: A system for enhancing tonal quality for ringback signals in a telecommunications network by adjusting audio processing during an alerting interval of a telecommunications session (e.g. during a telephone call). The system may be embodied in a telecommunications switching device and include a ringback manager process that provides the ability to adjust audio processing (e.g., by signaling to in-path equipment) which enhances the tonal quality of the ringback signal. As an example, a telephone system (e.g. equipment associated with establishment and operation of telephone communications sessions) can disable or attenuate operation of voice quality enhancement processing such as echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive level control, and the like, during the ringback or alerting interval or period of a telephone call so that the ringback tone provided to the calling party is not distorted by such processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Livewire Mobile, Inc.
    Inventor: R. Brough Turner
  • Patent number: 8693656
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8693657
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8682397
    Abstract: The caller's device which displays a list of multiple sound data and the sound data selected from the list is output from the caller's device as ringback tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 8654962
    Abstract: A system and method of delivering ringback audio content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a connection request at an originating serving call session control function (S-CSCF) network element. The connection request indicates that a caller device has placed a call to a destination device associated with a ringback audio content service subscriber. The method also includes receiving a plurality of naming authority pointer (NAPTR) records at the originating S-CSCF network element from a telephone number mapping (ENUM) server. The NAPTR records include a plurality of ringback audio uniform resource indicators (URIs) associated with the destination device. The method also includes modifying the connection request to include the plurality of ringback audio URIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Mehrad Yasrebi, Douglas Lin
  • Patent number: 8634536
    Abstract: A system and method of providing ringback video are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a connection request at an originating serving call session control function (S-CSCF) network element. The connection request indicates that a caller device has placed a call to a destination device associated with a ringback video service subscriber. The method also includes receiving a plurality of naming authority pointer (NAPTR) records at the originating S-CSCF network element from a telephone number mapping (ENUM) server. The NAPTR records include a plurality of ringback video uniform resource indicators (URIs) associated with the destination device. The method also includes modifying the connection request to include the plurality of ringback video URIs and sending the modified connection request to a terminating S-CSCF that communicates with the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Mehrad Yasrebi, Armstrong Soo
  • Publication number: 20130308770
    Abstract: Ringback tone management devices, systems, and methods for supporting contacts across communication access systems are provided herein. Embodiments in the detailed description include ringback tone management devices, systems, and methods for contacts across a communication access system. As an example, the communication access system may be an enterprise access system. The embodiments provided herein allow a plurality of different client devices in the communication access system, each associated with a particular set of incoming caller identifiers, to receive a desired ringback tone. In this manner, as an example, a consistent ringback tone can be provided to the incoming caller for calls received from any of the incoming caller's communication devices based upon an incoming caller identifier. The communication access system may further include devices, systems, and methods for managing ringback tones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Vijay Karani, Jatin Patel
  • Patent number: 8577020
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus is connected to a single telephone line and is configured to be selectively connected either to a telephone set or to a facsimile machine. A pseudo ring back tone generator generates a repetitive pseudo ring back tone transmitted to a calling party in response to an incoming call. A pseudo ring signal generator generates a pseudo ring signal for driving a ringer of the telephone set to ring in response to the incoming call. A tone detector detects a CNG signal indicative that the incoming call is a facsimile. A controller controls at least the pseudo ring back tone generator and the pseudo ring signal generator. A table correlates a plurality of ring back tones with corresponding countries. If a ring back tone for a country meets a predetermined condition, the controller sets a predetermined pseudo ring back tone to the pseudo ring back tone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Hosoi
  • Publication number: 20130279684
    Abstract: An answering enhancement system originating on a called-party's communication device and working in conjunction with other resident software and hardware that becomes operational once the called-party's communication device is connected to an incoming call through a communication link. The answering enhancement system is not a part of or a function of the communications network. Once activated by a communications transmission, the answering enhancement system may instruct the called-party's communication device to play media files to calling-party or to the called-party by acting on associations pre-selected by the called-party. The media files may be played or displayed to the calling-party in replace of a conventional audible call progress signal or ringback tone and to the called-party as a ringtone and/or visual alert. The system allows the called-party to access the call and converse with calling-party as it normally would.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Mark R. Gregorek
  • Patent number: 8553869
    Abstract: A method for implementing Ring Back Tone (RBT) interworking, a Media Gateway Control Function (MGCF) device, and an Application Server (AS) are provided. A Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service is triggered when a Circuit Switched (CS) user originates a call to an MRBT subscriber in an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). The method includes: receiving a message sent by an MRBT AS, where the message carries video RBT information; and notifying a Mobile Switching Center (MSC) to put through a calling terminal if determining that a video RBT needs to be played to the calling terminal according to the message. Therefore, a video RBT can be played when a CS user originates a call to an IMS user in the case of network interworking. An IMS video RBT may be played to the calling party when the CS user originates a call to the IMS user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haopeng Zhu, Jianmin Liu, Yichu Zheng, Yu Sun, Haoyu Wang, Lingyan Wu
  • Publication number: 20130259220
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Publication number: 20130259219
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8548154
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ringtone uploading service method and system used in color ring back tone (CRBT) service. The present invention is that when a ringtone system successfully uploads a ringtone to at least one but not all ringtone servers, it records ringtone uploading information, sends a message about the successful uploading of the ringtone to an uploading terminal, and re-uploads the ringtone to the ringtone servers to which the ringtone has not been successfully uploaded. The ringtone uploading solution proposed in the present invention will greatly improve the success rate of ringtone uploading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Meixia Liu, Xiaopeng Wei
  • Publication number: 20130235997
    Abstract: A method for network maintenance and supervision of an on-board controlled audio agent, the method constituted of: providing a plurality of audio portions, each of the provided audio portions being selected responsive to user descriptive data associated with a call initiator; providing a reimbursement rule associated with each of the audio portions; selecting, for each call instance, a particular one of the plurality of audio portions responsive to the determined reimbursement rules; and outputting the particular one of the plurality of audio portions at each call instance initiation such that at least a portion of the particular audio portion is heard by the call initiator prior to call connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SELLARING, LTD.
    Inventor: Zohar Halachmi
  • Patent number: 8515396
    Abstract: A method for providing ringback tone presence information includes: obtaining a subscription record of a ringback tone presence service corresponding to a user terminal of a call and a routing address of a ringback tone device; connecting the call to the ringback tone device according to the routing address; obtaining the presence information of the called user according to a user terminal number of the call; and sending the presence information of the called user to the calling user terminal. The present invention further provides a system and a ringback tone device for providing presence information. According to the present invention, the calling user may obtain the presence information of the called user via a ringback tone to acquire the state and mood of the called user; therefore, the communication experience is improved; the telecom service types are enriched; and the presence service is popularized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Quan Qi, Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 8467517
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing commercial information (CI) messages as a ring-back tone (RBT) to a caller in an inter-operator telecommunication system are provided. In the inter-operator telecommunication system, the caller and the callee are registered to different telecommunication service providers. The second telecommunication service provider sends a request to the first telecommunication service provider to provide a CI id associated with a caller profile of the caller. The request is routed through a global broker. An RBT player of the second telecommunication service provider plays the CI message corresponding to the CI id as ring-back tone to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Onmobile Global Limited
    Inventors: Amit Murthy, Devdutt Marathe
  • Patent number: 8411668
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling providers of PSTN toll free services to stagger simultaneous transmission of call setup signaling messages into an IP based teleconference bridge, supported by a VoIP network, by suspending a subset of calls and placing them on hold while placing other calls to be connected to the conference bridge are disclosed. The PSTN network can stagger calls by limiting the number of call setup signaling messages to be sent to the VoIP network within a predefined period of time interval and spread all the calls over multiple of such predefined periods. Prerecorded announcements or music can be played while the calls that have been placed on hold are in queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8401169
    Abstract: A system and method of delivering ringback audio content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a connection request at an originating serving call session control function (S-CSCF) network element. The connection request indicates that a caller device has placed a call to a destination device associated with a ringback audio content service subscriber. The method also includes receiving a plurality of naming authority pointer (NAPTR) records at the originating S-CSCF network element from a telephone number mapping (ENUM) server. The NAPTR records include a plurality of ringback audio uniform resource indicators (URIs) associated with the destination device. The method also includes modifying the connection request to include the plurality of ringback audio URIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Mehrad Yasrebi, Douglas Lin
  • Patent number: 8375119
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for providing an alert to a called party's communications device. One method processes a communication initiated by a calling party and terminating at the called party's communications device. An alert accompanying the communication is also processed. The alert is selected by the calling party for playing on the called party's communications device, and the alert announces the incoming communication request. This method thus allows the calling party to specify the alert to be played on the called party's communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventor: Geoff Sutcliffe
  • Patent number: 8369507
    Abstract: A ringback replacement update system for creating or modifying ringback associations is disclosed. Communications devices activate and interact with the ringback update system to allow for modifications of the network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: eClips, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Radziewicz, Mark R. Gregorek, Jeffrey C. Dillow
  • Patent number: 8351585
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke, Sichen Wang, Ruinan Sun
  • Patent number: 8300796
    Abstract: An application server that provides RBT treatment to a caller and simultaneously notifies the called party, as subscriber of the service facilitated by the present invention, of an incoming call, whereby the called party is able to select a treatment for the call to be presented to the caller based on input collected from the called party on a real-time basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Babu Mani
  • Patent number: 8270590
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a call setup message for a call from a calling party device to a called party device is received. At least one calling party parameter for the calling party device is determined. A user message is selected based on the at least one calling party parameter. Delivery of the user message to the calling party device is initiated in parallel with a call setup for the call from the calling party device to the called party device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Ramachendra P. Batni, Sanjoy Paul
  • Patent number: 8265246
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a device and method for implementing a Coloring Ring Back Tone (CRBT) service and a device for acquiring a CRBT file. The device for implementing a CRBT service includes a first receiving module adapted to receive CRBT access information, a channel management module adapted to acquire a real-time CRBT file according to the CRBT access information, and a playing module adapted to play the real-time CRBT file. The method for implementing a CRBT service includes acquiring a real-time CRBT file customized by a subscriber according to CRBT access information and playing the real-time CRBT file to a calling subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sifang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8254871
    Abstract: A ring back tone playing method and system, a home location register and a mobile switching center, the method comprises the calling side mobile switching center transmitting a route request message to the called side home location register when the calling side mobile switching center has received the call request transmitted from the calling terminal to the called terminal; the calling side mobile switching center receiving the ring back tone service identifier returned from the called side home location register which instructs that the called side home location register has got the called terminal's absence response message and the called terminal has customized a ring back tone service; the calling side mobile switching center instructing the playing device to play the ring back tone to the calling terminal according to the ring back tone service identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping Wang, Jitang Sun
  • Patent number: 8229512
    Abstract: The method to output from the caller's device the ringback tone selected by the caller's device after the dialing process is implemented and prior to the call being answered by the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 8180024
    Abstract: In the present invention, a caller is presented with the state of the call as detected by the network, along with a number of potential options, such as: request sequential or parallel call notification to one or more other stations; end the call but leave a voicemail for the caller even if the called party does not subscribe to voicemail; end the call but leave a text message for the caller if the station is capable of receiving the text message; send a text or voice message as e-mail to the called party, if the called party permits such a service; request the network to leave a missed call notification along with a number to dial back; request to notify the caller when the original called party is idle or willing to accept a call; or any number of other options the service provider is capable of supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Babu Mani
  • Patent number: 8175252
    Abstract: A ringback tone is played to a calling party on a call to a called party. Identification information of the ringback tone is stored, upon receipt of a bookmark request from the calling party, for later access by the calling party to the ringback tone and/or information related to the ringback tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Ramachendra P. Batni, Ranjan Sharma
  • Patent number: 8073120
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method, in a telecommunication system, of establishing a connection between a calling terminal and a called terminal, the called terminal having an associated presence status, the connection establishment being initiated by a connection establishment request sent by the calling terminal, comprising: obtaining, in response to the connection establishment request, the presence status associated with the called terminal; and supplying the obtained presence status to the calling terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xavier Peuziat, Philippe Wieczorek, Marc Brandt, Galina Guyot, Senthil-Kumar Ananda Ganesan
  • Patent number: 8073128
    Abstract: An opt-out request in one example is received from a calling party to avoid employment of a specialized ringback tone on one or more subsequent calls from the calling party to a called party. A ringback tone call controller determines, based on the opt-out request, to provide a substitute tone to the calling party in place of the specialized ringback tone on the one or more subsequent calls from the calling party to the called party. After receiving the opt-out request on a call, the specialized ringback tone in a further example is stopped for a remainder of a ringing phase of the call. If a ringback tone service state associated with the calling party is an opt-out state, then in one example the calling party makes an opt-in request to allow use of the specialized ringback tone on one or more subsequent calls to the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Ramachendra P. Batni, Ranjan Sharma
  • Patent number: 8054960
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for setting up a ringback media session between a calling party and a ringback server. A signaling proxy may receive a call setup message seeking to set up a call from the calling party to a called party and responsively forward the call setup message from the signaling proxy to the called party. Thereafter, the signaling proxy may receive from the called party a reply to the call setup message indicating that the call is not yet answered by the called party. In response, the signaling proxy may send a call-forwarding initiation message to the ringback server to initiate forwarding of the call to the ringback server and setup of a ringback media session between the ringback server and the calling party. That message may include a designation of particular media that the ringback server should provide to the calling party, based on subscriber profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventor: Don Gunasekara