(54) COLLECT CREDIT CARD SERVICE
(76) Inventor: Alfred T. Forrest, II, 540 N. Spoonhill Dr., Sarasota, FL (US) 34236
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 842 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/452,174
(22) Filed: Jun. 13, 2006
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2007/0041535 Al Feb. 22, 2007
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/694,960, filed on Jun. 29, 2005.
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 379/114.19; 379/114.21;
(58) Field of Classification Search 379/114.01,
379/114.19, 114.2, 114.21-114.25, 127.04, 379/127.05, 143, 144.02 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
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Systems and methods for operator type calling and billing is accomplished by either automated operator instruction prompts, live operator instruction prompts or a combination of both automated and live operator prompts and live or automated billing verification and authorization processes. The operator call type and billing method can be used for operator calls such as calling card, credit card, collect, third party or person-to-person operator calls. In an embodiment the called party is given the option of paying for the incoming collect telephone call with a credit or debit card or with a calling card.
7 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets