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Determining a Recommended Device From a Plurality of Devices for Initiating a Phone Call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191549D
Publication Date: 2010-Jan-07
Document File: 20 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

A system, method, and computer program product are provided for determining at least one recommended device from a plurality of devices for initiating a phone call based on a determined call rate. In operation, information associated with an attempted phone call is received. Additionally, a call rate for a plurality of devices capable of initiating the attempted phone call and/or at least one recommended long distance and/or international carriers are determined. Furthermore, at least one recommended device of the plurality of devices for initiating the phone call and/or at least one recommended long distance and/or international carrier is determined based, at least in part, on the determined call rate. The phone call is initiated utilizing one of the at least one recommend device and/or utilizing one of the at least one recommended long distance and/or international carrier.

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DETERMINING A RECOMMENDED DEVICE FROM A PLURALITY OF DEVICES FOR INITIATING A PHONE CALL

Field of the Invention

[0001]           The present invention relates to communication systems, and more particularly to selecting a communication device for initiating a phone call from multiple devices based on a rate.

Background

[0002]           Currently, there are a large number of households and businesses that have multiple phone subscriptions with a landline phone and one or more mobile phones.  These subscriptions may be with one or more service providers.  Additionally, each subscription may be associated with one or more phones. 

[0003]           The households and businesses may have multiple subscriptions and multiple providers for many different reasons.  For example, these subscriptions may be present because a certain service plan associated with a phone has a better rate for a set of services.  Additionally, one subscription may be for business use and another subscription may be for personal use.  Still yet, households and businesses may have call plans with one or more long distance and/or international carriers that give better rates for specific countries or for a specific time of day. 

[0004]           Each of the available phones and/or service providers associated with a subscription may have certain situations where their use is most efficient, relative to the other available phones or providers.  Currently, a user must manually select the phone to be used for each call in order to get the best rates.  There is thus a need for addressing these and/or other issues associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY

[0005]           A system, method, and computer program product are provided for determining at least one recommended device from a plurality of devices for initiating a phone call based on a determined call rate.  In operation, information associated with an attempted phone call is received.  Additionally, a call rate for a plurality of devices capable of initiating the attempted phone call and/or at least one recommended long distance and/or international carriers are determined.  Furthermore, at least one recommended device of the plurality of devices for initiating the phone call and/or at least one recommended long distance and/or international carrier is determined based, at least in part, on the determined call rate.  The phone call is initiated utilizing one of the at least one recommend device and/or utilizing one of the at least one recommended long distance and/or international carrier.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0006]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one possible embodiment. 

[0007]           Figure 2 illustrates an exemplary system, in accordance with one embodiment.

[0008]           Figure 3 shows a method for determining at least one recommended device fr...