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System to enable sharing of cell phone minutes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000226627D
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

Most cell phone call plans have the concept of free evening and weekend calls. This idea describes a system that would allow cell phone users to share these "free" minutes with other users. In return they would be able to use the system to make calls during time frames where their cell phone minutes are limited. This idea describes an architecture and design that will allow users to share cell phone minutes

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System to enable sharing of cell phone minutes

Most cell phone call plans have the concept of free evening and weekend calls. This idea describes a system that would allow cell phone users to share these "free" minutes with other users. In return users would be able to use the system to make calls during time frames where their cell phone minutes are limited.

    This idea describes an architecture and design that will allow users to share cell phone minutes. For example:

John has a plan with free evening and weekend calls.

John lives in the US in the EST time zone.

John will allow the system to use his phone whenever his free minutes are in

effect.

    John's free minutes start at 7PM EST on weekdays and stop at 7AM on weekdays.

Jane also has a plan with free nights and weekends.

Jane lives in the US in the PST time zone.

Jane will also allow the system to use her phone whenever his free minutes

are in effect.

    Jane's free minutes start at 7PM PST on weekdays and stop at 7AM on weekdays.

    Both users run a special client on their devices. This client communicates with the server.

    At 5pm PST, Jane wants to make a call but she knows that she has used up her anytime minutes. She runs the client on her device to request to make a call using the shared system. The shared system sees that John's phone is available for use because it is 8PM EST and he is in his free minutes windows.

    The server then makes the outbound call from John's device and ensures the audio input and output are routed to and from Jane's device.

John gets credit in the system for the amount of minutes that Jane uses.

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