Method and apparatus to validate a subscriber line

  • US 8,379,815 B2
  • Filed: 11/01/2010
  • Issued: 02/19/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/23/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented method, the method comprising:

  • receiving a first request via the Internet for a first transaction for goods or services between a user and a vendor;

    obtaining a billing telephone number of the user;

    automatically, utilizing an application programming interface, charging the first transaction to a subscriber account associated with the billing telephone number;

    receiving a second request via the Internet for a second transaction for goods or services between the user and a vendor;

    automatically, using one or more processors, detecting that charging to the account associated with the billing telephone number has not occurred;

    automatically, in response to an event indicative of an option to charge the second transaction to the user, using an alternative payment method, the event being subsequent to the charging of the first transaction to the subscriber account associated with the billing telephone number; and

    completing the second transaction using the alternative payment method and not billing the subscriber account.

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