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Method and System for Optimizing Telephone Costs using Location Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199712D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

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Abstract

A method and system is provided to optimize telephone costs based on location information of a caller. When a caller initiates a call to a contact, the caller's location information is determined and an optimized calling option is selected based on the location information.

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Method and System for Optimizing Telephone Costs using Location Information

Disclosed is a method and system for optimizing telephone costs based on location information of a caller. When a caller initiates a call to a contact, the caller's location information is determined. The call may be initiated using the caller's wireless device, with an individual contact, a conference, remote dial-ins, etc. The location information may be determined using a Global Positioning System (GPS) embedded in the wireless device. Alternatively, the location information may be determined using other means such as, but not limited to, triangulation.

Based on the caller's location information, the method and system then generates a prioritized list of calling options available to the caller. The calling options in the prioritized list are arranged based on factors, such as destination of the selected contact, per minute cost of the call, overall cost, clarity of the calling network, estimated duration of the call, etc. The first number on the prioritized list is selected as an optimized calling option. Thereafter, the first number is reformatted for calling and the call is initiated. If the first number is not available, then a subsequent number on the prioritized list is selected as the optimized calling option. A flow diagram depicting the method of optimizing telephone costs based on location information is shown in the figure.

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Consider an example where a cal...