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Subscriber Deposit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126688D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Siemens

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Abstract

In case a subscriber in a telephone network has not paid his charge, his account is deactivated so that it is impossible for him to make an outgoing call unless he has balanced the bill. Now it is proposed to create a feature which offers to the subscriber the opportunity to request a deposit (in general a credit or an allowed overdrawing of a financial account, usually granted with a certain personal limit) for his account. Utilizing this deposit, a subscriber is able to keep his telephone account activated or to reactivate it though the valid counting period has been expired. In other words, the subscriber has the chance to expand his available resources period despite the fact that his telephone bill is out of date. As an example, at the start of each counting period the subscriber can request the registration of a deposit under his account, which corresponds to a sum of money according to an upper or lower limit explicitly decided by the operator. The procedure of requesting this deposit can be made online. Furthermore, the subscriber can be able to recharge his deposit whenever he wants by an authorization, authentication or lock/unlock mechanism as a security measure.

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Subscriber Deposit

Idea: Vasiliki Sofologi, GR-Athens

In case a subscriber in a telephone network has not paid his charge, his account is deactivated so that it is impossible for him to make an outgoing call unless he has balanced the bill.

Now it is proposed to create a feature which offers to the subscriber the opportunity to request a deposit (in general a credit or an allowed overdrawing of a financial account, usually granted with a certain personal limit) for his account. Utilizing this deposit, a subscriber is able to keep his telephone account activated or to reactivate it though the valid counting period has been expired. In other words, the subscriber has the chance to expand his available resources period despite the fact that his telephone bill is out of date.

As an example, at the start of each counting period the subscriber can request the registration of a deposit under his account, which corresponds to a sum of money according to an upper or lower limit explicitly decided by the operator. The procedure of requesting this deposit can be made online. Furthermore, the subscriber can be able to recharge his deposit whenever he wants by an authorization, authentication or lock/unlock mechanism as a security measure.

For each subscriber who wants to launch the service, there are two methods to establish the security mechanism. The first one is based on a unique subscriber identity (ID) combined with his credit card serial number. As a simpler alternative, there is not needed any identification number, but a lock/unlock mechanism. The service does not depend on the subscriber type (e.g. analog, ISDN, etc.) or network type (e.g. TDM, IP, Next Generation Networks, etc.).

1. First method - subscriber unique ID combined with credit card serial number:

For any subscriber launching this service, a unique ID (identifying the subscriber uniquely) will be created for his account. The 'subscriber unique ID information' is sent back from the operator to the subscriber, but this ID is useless without the user's credit card serial number since the operator has checked if the whole combination <subscriber unique ID and credit card serial number> relies under a valid entry. For example, the service can be realized by:

a) When launching the service the first time, the subscriber dials firstly the SCI (Subscriber Controlled Input) combination for selecting the relevant service. An announcement is being played asking for his identification. When the data is collected, a database query starts to check if the user is already registered. In case he is a new user, he is asked for his credit card serial number. Otherwise the transaction fails. When the transaction is successful and all data is collected, a further announcement informs the subscriber about his subscriber unique ID enabling him to launch the service. If the subscriber has got...