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1. WO1998015108 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALTERNATE BILLING ARRANGEMENT DURING A TELEPHONE CALL

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What Is Claimed Is:

1. A system for processing alternate billing requests for a connection between a calling party and a called party, comprising:
means for identifying signaling information from the called party;
means for receiving said signaling information from said identifying means, said signaling information defining an alternate billing request from the called party;
means for determining whether said alternate billing request is permitted; and
means for effecting a change in the billing for the connection in accordance with said alternate billing request.

2 The system of claim 1 , wherein said identifying means is a dual tone multi-frequency detector situated on a part of a unidirectional voice path dedicated to a voice transmission from the called party to the calling party, said unidirectional voice path defined between a first end office connected to the calling party and a second end office connected to the called party.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector identifies one or more dialed digits from the called party.

4. The system of claim 2, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of said unidirectional voice path controlled by an inter-exchange carrier.

5 The system of claim 2, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of said unidirectional voice path controlled by a local exchange carrier.

6 The system of claim 2, wherein said unidirectional voice path is defined between a first hybrid in said first end office and a second hybrid in said second end office, said first hybrid connected to the calling party via a first twisted pair and said second hybrid connected to the called party via a second twisted pair.

7. The system of claim 1, further comprising means for modifying a call detail record to indicate a billing arrangement identified by said alternate billing request.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein said means for determining determines whether the called party is at a pay phone.

9 The system of claim 1 , wherein said means for determining checks an account history for the called party.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein said connection is a standard telephone call.

11. The system of claim 1 , wherein said connection is an integrated service digital network call and said identifying means monitors signaling information contained in a D channel.

12. The system of claim 1, wherein said connection is a data communication channel.

13. The system of claim 1 , wherein said connection is a video connection.

14. A method for processing alternate billing requests for a connection between a calling party and a called party, comprising the steps of: (1) identifying signaling information from the called party, said signaling information defining an alternate billing request from the called party;

(2) determining whether said alternate billing request is permitted; and
(3) effecting a change in the billing for the connection in accordance with said alternate billing request.

15 The method of claim 14, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of identifying dialed digits from the called party by a dual tone multi-frequency detector situated on a part of a unidirectional voice path dedicated to a voice transmission from the called party to the calling party, said unidirectional voice path defined between a first end office connected to the calling party and a second end office connected to the called party.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of identifying dialed digits from the called party by a dual tone multi-frequency detector, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of said unidirectional voice path controlled by an inter-exchange carrier.

17 The method of claim 15, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of identifying dialed digits from the called party by a dual tone multi-frequency detector, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of said unidirectional voice path controlled by a local exchange carrier.

18. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of modifying a call detail record to indicate a billing arrangement identified by said alternate billing request.

19. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (2) comprises the step of determining whether the called party is at a pay phone.

20. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (2) comprises the step of checking an account history for the called party.

21. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information contained in a standard telephone call.

22. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information contained in a D channel of an integrated services digital network call.

23. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information contained in a data communication channel.

24. The method of claim 14, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information contained in a video connection.

25. In a public switched telecommunications network environment that provides a connection between a calling party to a called party, the connection comprising two unidirectional channels, a first unidirectional channel dedicated to transmission from the calling party to the called party and a second unidirectional channel dedicated to transmission from the called party to the calling party, a method for controlling the processing of the connection, comprising the steps of:
(1) monitoring, by a dual tone multi-frequency detector, signaling information from the called party; and
(2) using said signaling information to control an element of processing associated with the connection,
wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of the second unidirectional voice channel, the second unidirectional voice channel defined between a first end office connected to the calling party and a second end office connected to the called party.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information from the called party to control an apportionment of the billing of the connection between the calling party and the called party.

27. The method of claim 25, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information from the called party, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of the second unidirectional voice channel that is controlled by an inter-exchange carrier.

28. The method of claim 25, wherein said step (1) comprises the step of monitoring signaling information from the called party, wherein said dual tone multi-frequency detector is situated on a part of the second unidirectional voice channel that is controlled by a local exchange carrier.