A telecommunications system and method are disclosed for providing information relating to a telephone call associated with an access point within a telecommunications system, such as a telephone line or telephone number, to a software application in substantial real time. The system and method include assigning a destination address to the telecommunications system access point about which telephone call information is desired, and sending an electronic message to the destination address in response to a telephone call being established utilizing the access point. The electronic message includes, among other things, information relating to the telephone call and the access point. Within the context of a telecommunications switch for controlling traffic associated with a plurality of telephone lines, when the switch receives a telephone message, such as a setup message or backward message, having a destination address therein, the switch sends an electronic message to the destination address upon receipt of the telephone message. The electronic message includes information identifying the telephone message, and the switch. In this way, information relating to the usage of a telecommunications access point may be provided in real time for billing or tracing purposes.