Real-time replenishment with electronic confirmation for sale of prepaid long distance

  • US 8,295,805 B2
  • Filed: 02/09/2010
  • Issued: 10/23/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/2009
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of real-time replenishment with electronic confirmation in the sale of prepaid long distance, comprising:

  • receiving a phone number to a computer-based server;

    receiving a monetary amount to the server;

    receiving to the server an indication of whether an increase or decrease to a balance amount is requested;

    comparing the phone number to a stored list of registered phone numbers, each registered phone number having a unique pin and a balance amount;

    wherein said pin is said phone number;

    creating a new pin, responsive to the comparison not resulting in a match and receiving the indication that an increase to the balance amount has been requested;

    increasing the balance amount by the monetary amount, responsive to receiving the indication that an increase to the balance amount has been requested;

    decreasing the balance amount by the monetary amount, responsive to receiving the indication that a decrease to the balance has been requested;

    indicating an error responsive to receiving the indication that a decrease to the balance has been requested and the comparison not resulting in a match andsending a request through the server, the request containing the phone number and a SMS message to be sent to the phone number;

    said SMS message containing an access phone number;

    wherein said access phone number is for use in the prepaid long distance.

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