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1. (WO2001035605) METHODS FOR PROVIDING PREPAID TELEPHONY SERVICE VIA AN INTERNET PROTOCOL NETWORK SYSTEM
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Pub. No.: WO/2001/035605 International Application No.: PCT/US2000/041990
Publication Date: 17.05.2001 International Filing Date: 08.11.2000
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 30.05.2001
IPC:
H04L 29/06 (2006.01) ,H04M 17/00 (2006.01)
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
L
TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
29
Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04L1/-H04L27/136
02
Communication control; Communication processing
06
characterised by a protocol
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
M
TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
17
Prepayment telephone systems
Applicants: MCI WORLDCOM, INC.[US/US]; 515 East Amite Street Jackson, MI 39201, US
Inventors: DONOVAN, Steven, R.; US
Agent: GROLZ, Edward, W.; Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser 400 Garden City Plaza Garden City, NY 11530, US
Priority Data:
09/436,29408.11.1999US
Title (EN) METHODS FOR PROVIDING PREPAID TELEPHONY SERVICE VIA AN INTERNET PROTOCOL NETWORK SYSTEM
(FR) PROCEDES UTILISES DANS LE BUT D'OFFRIR UN SERVICE DE TELEPHONIE PREPAYE VIA UN SYSTEME DE RESEAU A PROTOCOLE INTERNET
Abstract:
(EN) Methods are disclosed for providing prepaid telephony service via an Internet protocol (IP) network system (300, 500). A first method provides controlling at least one media agent (304) or call routing station/switch (310, 312) of an IP network system (300) for allowing and/or blocking call media streams from traversing through the media agent. A second method provides directing all signaling messages transmitted by a signaling agent (502) or station (510, 512) and all media packets transmitting voice and data communications through at least one common device within the IP network system (500). The methods further provide for continuously monitoring a subscriber's account balance and terminating the prepaid telephony service if the account balance is less than a predetermined amount.
(FR) L'invention concerne des procédés permettant de fournir un service de téléphonie prépayé via un système de réseau à protocole Internet (IP). Un premier procédé permet de contrôler au moins un agent de support ou une station/commutateur de routage d'appels d'un système de réseau IP afin de donner accès et/ou de bloquer des flux d'appels passant par l'agent de support. Un second procédé permet de diriger tous les messages de signalisation émis par un agent ou une station de signalisation et tous les paquets de support transmettant des communications à base de données et de voix, via au moins un dispositif commun inclus dans le système de réseau IP. Ces procédés permettent également de réaliser une surveillance permanente du solde du compte d'un abonné et de couper le service de téléphonie prépayé, si le solde du compte est inférieur à un montant prédéterminé.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)