Pricing method for telecommunication system

  • US 5,790,643 A
  • Filed: 01/29/1996
  • Issued: 08/04/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of pricing a call originating in a telecommunications network comprising the steps of:

  • retrieving a record of the call from a point located in the telecommunications network;

    providing a first database containing details of customers of the network;

    providing a second database containing details of the network and a set of call tariffs;

    processing data from the call record, the first database and the second database to price the call;

    said data processing step comprising the steps of;

    finding a service factor relating to the type of service used in the call by processing data contained in the call record;

    finding a customer factor relating to the type of customer making the call;

    finding a network factor relating to the location of the calling number and the called number;

    finding a calendar factor relating to the day of the call;

    selecting a call tariff from a set of call tariffs in accordance with the combination of the service factor, the customer factor, the network factor and the calendar factor; and

    pricing the call in accordance with the selected call tariff.

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