System and method for establishing long distance call connections using a desktop application

  • US 7,116,657 B1
  • Filed: 08/22/2000
  • Issued: 10/03/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/22/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of completing a call connection over the public switched telephone network (PSTN) from a desktop application residing on a computer workstation, said method comprising:

  • a) accepting call request information input by a user using an interface provided by the desktop application;

    b) formulating a call connection request message based on said information accepted from said user; and

    c) forwarding the call connection request message over a connection established between the desktop application and a long distance service provider server to effect call completion between at least two call stations by determining whether a packet network connection is available to the workstation and, if the packet network connection is not available, establishing the packet network connection prior to sending the request, and said connection established between said workstation and said long distance service provider server includes the packet network connection and a server-specific communication connection.

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