06977996 is referenced by 4 patents and cites 5 patents.

Methods and systems for administering calls on a voice network allow a user to selectively determine which calls will be accepted. The methods and systems may provide unwanted callers with an option to speak with the user for a fee. The methods and systems may provide an initiator of the communication to accept the fee, to confirm acceptance of the fee and to provide payment information for the fee prior to completing the communication. If the initiator does not accept the fee, the communication can be terminated. The methods and systems may verify the payment information and display a verification notice to the user prior to completing the call. The fee to be paid and the method of payment, or payment information may be prescribed by the user.

Title
Fee collection system and method for call completion
Application Number
10/253755
Publication Number
6977996 (B1)
Application Date
September 24, 2002
Publication Date
December 20, 2005
Inventor
Bernadette Anita Nelson
Lexington
MA, US
James Edward Haley
Aston
PA, US
David Anthony Philbin
Arlington
MA, US
Allison Dana Jaynes
New City
NY, US
Robert Anthony Virzi
Wayland
MA, US
Yohan Rajan
Irving
TX, US
Vittorio Giuseppe Bucchieri
Wakefield
MA, US
Laurence Raphael Brothers
Waltham
MA, US
Agent
Rader Fishman & Grauer
Joel Wall Esq
Leonard C Suchyta Esq
Assignee
Verizon Laboratories
MA, US
IPC
H04M 001/56
H04M 015/00
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