|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||379/114 ; 379/115 ; 379/100.04 ; 379/100.03|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 56 인용 특허 : 8|
The invention provides methods and apparatuses for the automatic selection of a telecommunications service provider, for example, an inter-exchange or intra-exchange service provider, from a number of available telecommunications service providers, for a call from a calling station to a called station so that the toll charge for the call is minimized. Specifically, the selection of the least-cost telecommunications service provider is based on an analysis of (a) the estimated duration of the call which is determined in a variety of ways, including using ...
[ What is claimed is:] [1.]1. A method for automatically selecting a telecommunications service provider among a plurality of telecommunications service providers for a facsimile call from a calling station to a selected called station so that the toll charge for the call is minimized, the method comprising the steps of:(a) determining an estimated call duration of the call;(b) accessing information indicative of the toll rates of the plurality of telecommunications service providers;(c) selecting a telecommunications service provider having the lowest t...