Patent Title: "Selectively adding a third party to a collect call"
Independent Claim 1 of US Patent 7,876,887
A system for processing a collect call, comprising:
means for prompting a person making a collect call, to input a phone
means for placing the collect call to a called party using the
phone number input;
if the call is answered, means for presenting terms for accepting the
collect call, which include the called party agreeing to pay an additional
fee for any three-way call established during the collect call;
means for prompting the called party to accept or reject the terms
means for connecting the call, if the called party accepts the terms; and
means for terminating the call, if the call is not answered, or if the terms
presented are not accepted.
Patent Title: "CONTROLLED THREE WAY CALLING"
Independent Claim 1 of US Patent 8,160,219
A method for establishing a three-way call, comprising:
receiving two phone numbers by a call processing system that are
submitted by an inmate,
dialing the first phone number received by the call processing system,
connecting the inmate to a second party who answers the phone for the
first number dialed when the second party agrees to pay for a collect call
and an additional charge for adding a third party to the collect call;
dialing the second phone number received by the call processing system,
establishing a three-way call by adding a third party to the collect call
when a phone is answered for the second phone number dialed.