US 9,813,463 B2
Phoning into virtual communication environments
Josh Moyers, Sunnyvale, CA (US); and David Van Wie, Eugene, OR (US)
Assigned to Sococo, Inc., Eugene, OR (US)
Filed by Social Communications Company, Eugene, OR (US)
Filed on Apr. 10, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/684,115.
Application 14/684,115 is a continuation of application No. 12/694,126, filed on Jan. 26, 2010, granted, now 9,009,603.
Prior Publication US 2015/0215355 A1, Jul. 30, 2015
Int. Cl. H04M 3/42 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01); G06Q 10/10 (2012.01); H04L 12/18 (2006.01); G06F 3/0481 (2013.01); H04M 3/56 (2006.01); H04L 12/58 (2006.01)
CPC H04L 65/403 (2013.01) [G06F 3/04815 (2013.01); G06Q 10/10 (2013.01); H04L 12/1827 (2013.01); H04M 3/563 (2013.01); H04L 51/20 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:
maintaining a persistent virtual area that supports establishment of respective presences of communicants operating respective network nodes connected to the virtual area, wherein the virtual area comprises multiple zones each of which supports establishment of a respective presence for one or more communicants and is associated with a respective call-in telephone number;
establishing a presence in the virtual area for a user of a Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) terminal device, wherein the establishing comprises receiving a particular one of the call-in telephone numbers in connection with a call from the PSTN terminal device and establishing the presence for the user in the respective one of the zones associated with the particular call-in telephone number; and
administering transmission of data associated with the virtual area to the PSTN terminal device.