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PHONE CHARGE PRE-VIEW

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009448D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Hans-Peter Herzig: AUTHOR

Abstract

This paper describes how a user of a telephone can find out the rates of a planned phone call before initializing the call.

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Developments Technical 0 M MOTOROLA

PHONE CHARGE PRE-VIEW

by Hans-Peter Herzig

INTRODUCTION

  This paper describes how a user of a telephone can find out the rates of a planned phone call before initializing the call.

PROBLEM(S) TO BE SOLVED

  When making a phone call, the subscriber does not know in advance what the charge will be. It is often very difficult to find the rates of a planned phone call, especially in the following situations:

during travels, roaming changes may be billed

  foreign providers have different rates, price lists are not easily available

  toll numbers have different rates that are not known to the users

The charge may also vary depending of

the time of day

day of the year

day of the week

  the distance of the caller's and the called per- son's location

the region the call is placed

the region where the called person is located

the called person's provider

PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM(S)

  Before actually placing a phone call, the sub- scriber types in the complete phone number. Instead of pressing the dial button, another special button is pressed. The cost per minute that this call will be charged is indicated.

  Pressing the dial button will make the connec- tion

  In order to be able to indicate the price, the ser- vice provider has to send the appropriate informa- tion to the user's terminal when requested (Cellular Phone, ISDN Phone, Trunked Radio etc.)

ABSTRACT

  The ability to pre-view the phone charges enables the subscriber of a phone-servic...