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1. (WO1998053602) BILLING CENTER FOR PREPAID TELEPHONE CALLS

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/053602    International Application No.:    PCT/GB1998/000851
Publication Date: Fri Nov 27 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Thu Mar 26 00:59:59 CET 1998
IPC: H04M 15/00
H04M 17/00
H04W 4/24
Applicants: ORANGE PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES LIMITED
PLUSH, Christopher
GREEN, Shelaine
ROAT, David
FERGUSON, Michael
CARR, Brian
Inventors: PLUSH, Christopher
GREEN, Shelaine
ROAT, David
FERGUSON, Michael
CARR, Brian
Title: BILLING CENTER FOR PREPAID TELEPHONE CALLS
Abstract:
A billing centre for a mobile communications system is provided which allows groups of subscribers sharing a single account to be identified both during the call rating procedure, during which call detail records are related to add a charge to the call detail record, and/or to add a usage of a pre-paid usage allocation to be added to the call detail records, and during the production of billing details at the end of a billing period. A relational database holds usage allocation records which pertain either to a single subscriber, or to a group of subscribers. The group of subscribers may consist of any of 2 to 50, or more, subscribers, depending on the subscription type held by the group.