|US 7,764,777 請求項17
|US 8,155,298 請求項20
|17. A controller connected to a switching facility allowing access to local and other geographic areas within the public switched telephone network (PSTN) comprising:
|20. A method of providing a user interaction system to enable users to control routing of one or more communications between a calling party and a called party through user input, the user interaction system comprising a web server coupled to a controller with access to at least two communication networks, wherein at least one of the networks is a packet network configured to support voice over IP ("VOIP"), and the second network is coupled to a switching facility of a network comprising edge switches for routing calls from and to users within a local geographic area and switching facilities for routing calls to other edge switches or other switching facilities local or in other geographic areas, comprising the steps of.
|a processing system linked to the internet for allowing a subscriber to select at least one calling feature via the internet, the processing system configured to perform the process comprising the steps of:
|receiving a call under the control of said controller from a calling party, using a communications device, intended for a subscriber, the processing system processing the call pursuant to at least one calling feature designated by said subscriber, where the at least one calling feature had previously been communicated to the processing system by said subscriber via the internet;
|providing a website for the users to view features associated with the routing of the one or more communications;
|facilitating certain of the users to sign up to become subscribers of the communication networks through the entry of user personal data through the website;
|invoking the at least one calling feature prior to said received call reaching a terminating central office, said at least one calling feature placing at least two calls simultaneously to at least two different communications devices previously designated by said subscriber;
|granting access to authorized ones of the users;
|providing a menu of available features, via the website, for the users to make feature selections;
|processing of feature selections into control criteria;
|detecting that one of at least two calls has been answered at one of the communications devices; and
|receiving and storing the control criteria in a database associated with the server, the controller, or both;
|in response to the detecting, abandoning other calls to the remaining one or more communications devices and establishing a connection between the calling party's communications device and the answered communications device.
|receiving a communication request at the controller, from the calling party to an intended called party;
|upon receiving the communication request, utilizing the controller to retrieve at least a portion of the control criteria relating to the user to determine a possible route for the one or more communications from the calling party; and
|executing the control criteria to facilitate the routing of the one or more communications across at least one of the at least two networks.
|US 8,457,113 請求項1
|1. A method performed by a web enabled processing system including one or more web servers coupled to a call processing system serving as an intelligent interconnection between at least one packet network and a second network coupled to a switching facility of a telecommunications network, the telecommunications network comprising edge switches for routing calls from and to subscribers within a local geographic area and switching facilities for routing calls to other edge switches or other switching facilities local or in other geographic areas, the method for enabling voice communication from a calling party to a called party across both the packet network and the second network, the method comprising the steps of:
|receiving call data which is associated with a call originated by the calling party via either the packet network or the second network, at the call processing system, the calling party using a communications device to originate the call for the purpose of initiating voice communication, the call processing system coupled to at least one switching facility of the telecommunications network via the second network, the call processing system processing the call across both the packet network and the second network to complete the call to the called party; and
|establishing the voice communication between the calling party and the called party after the call is completed, across both the packet network and the second network.