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Telephone with Automatic Dialing for Long Distance Calls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023855D
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-01
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Abstract

There are many long-distance carriers that offer lower rates but require the user to pre-dial "10-10-XXX" access number before dialing the actual telephone number. Sometimes, one forgets to dial this number resulting in potentially higher rate charged by the "assigned" long-distance carrier like AT&T or MCI. Moreover, since there are many "10-10-XXX" access numbers, one can easily forget which one to use.

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Telephone with Automatic Dialing for Long Distance Calls

A programmable telephone allows the user to pre-program the "10-10-XXX" access number. This number is automatically dialed by the telephone whenever the user enters a long-distance telephone number or an international number. This obviates one from having to remember and dial the access number each time the user makes a long-distance call. The telephone can also be designed so that the user can enter multiple "10-10-XXX" access codes. The telephone is programmed so that depending on the time of the day and a country or region being called, the telephone automatically dials the proper access code. The purpose here is so that the user can assign particular access codes so the rate is minimized.

For example, let's say that "10-10-AAA" charges $0.20/min to call Japan and $0.05/min for domestic long distances. Also, let's say that "10-10-MMM" charges $0.15/min to call Japan and $0.08/min for domestic long distances. When the operator calls Japan, the phone recognizes the country code and automatically dials "10-10-MMM" access code. However, when a domestic long distance call is made, the phone dials the "10-10-AAA" access code. If only one access code is entered into the telephone, then the phone would dial that number only.

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