SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTHORIZING AND MONETIZING COLLECT CELLULAR TELEPHONE CALLS

  • US 20120202454A1
  • Filed: 04/17/2012
  • Published: 08/09/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/23/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of authorizing and monetizing a cellular telephone communication as a collect call, billed to an identifiable cellular telephone, over a telecommunications system, initiated by a calling party over said telecommunications system with an input of a cellular telephone number associated with said identifiable cellular telephone, said cellular telephone associated with a cellular telephone carrier, the method comprising:

  • identifying said cellular telephone carrier associated with said cellular telephone number after a call is initiated by said calling party;

    determining whether said cellular telephone carrier and said cellular telephone is enabled to accept a billing charge for a message service communications protocol directed towards said cellular telephone;

    in the event said carrier and cellular telephone is enabled to accept said billing charge, seeking a positive response to an inquiry directed to a called party possessing said cellular telephone, approving the collect cellular telephone call initiated by said calling party;

    in the event of said positive response, (a) facilitating a connection between said calling party and said called party via said cellular telephone and said telecommunications system and (b) initiating a predetermined billing charge for said message service communications protocol and associating said predetermined billing charge with said cellular telephone number; and

    in the event of (a) a failure by said carrier to be enabled to accept said billing charge for the message service communications protocol;

    (b) a failure of said cellular telephone to be enabled to accept said billing charge for the message service communications protocol;

    or (c) an absence of said positive response to said inquiry directed to said called party possessing said cellular telephone, then facilitating a denial of completion of said collect cellular telephone call by said calling party to said called party.

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