Secured pre-payment for portable communication unit

CAFC
  • US 10,594,873 B1
  • Filed: 02/26/2019
  • Issued: 03/17/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/27/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of prepayment for service on a telecommunications system using a portable communication unit (PCU), the method comprising:

  • receiving a prepayment from a customer at a dealer or at a provider'"'"'s web site, the prepayment for service on a telecommunications system, the prepayment made using a credit instrument or a debit instrument;

    receiving information relating to the prepayment at a prepaid management center (PMC) from the dealer or the provider'"'"'s web site, the PMC receiving the information using a first telecommunication channel;

    verifying whether the customer has sufficient credit line on the credit instrument or debit instrument for the prepayment and, if the credit line is sufficient, charging the customer'"'"'s credit line;

    after charging the customer'"'"'s credit line, generating one or more codes using the PMC to enable the PCU to access the service on the telecommunication system;

    transferring the one or more codes to the customer using a second telecommunication channel for entry into the PCU by the customer;

    processing the one or more codes using the PCU; and

    providing access to the service on the telecommunication system to the customer using the result of processing the one or more codes by the PCU.

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