Telephone network system and method

  • US 10,334,094 B1
  • Filed: 07/10/2018
  • Issued: 06/25/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/17/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of providing telephone service, comprising:

  • automatically storing electronic information that indicates an association of a secondary telephone number and a primary telephone number with a telephone handset in a computer memory associated with a server;

    automatically associating a bridge or access telephone number with each of a plurality of contact telephone numbers in the computer memory;

    automatically transmitting information that indicates the association of the bridge or access telephone number with each of a plurality of contact telephone numbers to the handset via a data channel;

    automatically associating each primary telephone number and bridge or access telephone number pairing with a corresponding secondary telephone number and contact telephone number pairing in the computer memory;

    receiving, at a switch associated with the server, an outgoing call from the handset to the bridge or access telephone number via a second channel;

    receiving, at the server, information from the switch indicating the outgoing call is being made to the bridge or access telephone number from the primary telephone number; and

    receiving, at the switch, information from the server directing the switch to;

    (a) connect the outgoing call to a contact telephone number associated with the primary telephone number and bridge or access telephone number pairing, and (b) identify a telephone number from which the outgoing call is being made as the secondary telephone number.

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