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SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR RATING BASED ON A RECEIVER OFFER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132582D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-22

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Abstract

A rating system, method, and computer program product are provided. In use, a phone call is identified between a caller and a receiver. An offer associated with the receiver is then determined. Thus, the phone call is rated based, at least in part, on the offer associated with the receiver.

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SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR RATING BASED ON A RECEIVER OFFER

Field of the Invention

            The present invention relates to billing systems, and more particularly to billing for phone calls.

Background

Currently, a calling party's (i.e. caller’s) offer governs the rating of an outgoing call.  In other words, a telecommunication service provider provides the caller with an offer that dictates the terms of the service.  Thereafter, when the caller places a call to a receiving party (i.e. receiver), such offer dictates the rating terms associated with the call.  Unfortunately, this type of rating results in an inflexible system. 

Some prior art system do, however, incorporate, to some degree, information associated with a receiver, when rating a call.  For example, some prepaid systems provide a rating based on a brand associated with a receiver’s service provider.  This is accomplished by providing separate Mobile Station International ISDN Number (MSISDN) ranges for each brand of subscribers and handling one brand of subscribers with a specific rating engine.  

To this end, rating alterations (e.g. discounts, etc.) may be afforded based on whether the service provider brand of the caller and receiver are the same.  For example, if a caller using service provider brand "X" calls a receiver with using service provider brand "Y," the caller will pay a higher tariff compared to calling a receiver using service provider brand "X."  Again, this type of rating is still quite limited, in that it is limited to merely the service provider brand of the caller and receiver. 

There is thus a need for overcoming these and/or other problems associated with the prior art.

Summary

            A rating system, method, and computer program product are provided.  In use, a phone call is identified between a caller and a receiver.  An offer associated with the receiver is then determined.  Thus, the phone call is rated based, at least in part, on the offer associated with the receiver.

Brief Description of the Drawings

Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one embodiment. 

Figure 2 shows a representative hardware environment that may be associated with the devices of Figure 1, in accordance with one embodiment. 

            Figure 3 shows a method for rating a phone call based on a receiver offer, in accordance with one embodiment.

            Figure 4 shows a system for rating a phone call based on a receiver offer, in accordance with one embodiment.

           

 

Detailed Description

Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture 100, in accordance with one embodiment.  As shown, a network 102 is provided.  In the context of the present network architecture 100, the network 102 may take any form including, but not limited to a telecommunications network, a local area network (LAN), a wireless network, a wide area network (WAN) such as the...