Patent Number: 6,480,588

Title: Methods for providing prepaid telephony service via an internet protocol network system

Abstract: Methods are disclosed for providing prepaid telephony service via an Internet protocol (IP) network system. A first method provides controlling at least one media agent or call routing station/switch of an IP network system for allowing and/or blocking call media streams from traversing through the media agent. A second method provides directing all signaling messages transmitted by a signaling agent or station and all media packets transmitting voice and data communications through at least one common device within the IP network system. The methods further provide for continuously monitoring a subscriber's account balance and terminating the prepaid telephony service if the account balance is less than a predetermined amount.

Inventors: Donovan; Steven R. (Plano, TX)

Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04M 17/00 (20060101); H04M 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 11/12/2019