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Old 03-03-2019, 08:53 AM
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Hi Guys, I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the right place or not, but this post is for a good friend of mine who had been writing (from the UK) to her friend in South Carolina. He is wanting to call her from Edgefield Prison in SC. Obviously this would be ridiculously expensive. So I advised her about ‘Localphone’ a app which I used when my boyfriend was incarcerated. We managed to get the number for the exact location when I’m Boyf was incarcerated but she is having no luck, Localphone only gives options to 5 SC numbers & Colombia being the most local.
My question is, does any of you lovely UK ladies in waiting or MWI have any advice on any more apps she could try to get a exact number for Edgefield?
She has tried lots of USA companies but they don’t work for the UK.
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You can get a Skype number for anywhere in the States. As long as the prison allows Skype numbers but I'm not sure about SC.
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Its important to check that whatever service is used is allowed in the prison. Call forwarding is not allowed in most states.
Skype apps dont call forward but you do need to make sure its allowed so the inmate does not lose calls or get into trouble.
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Ok Iíll tell her.
Iíd it definitely the best to have a Skype number if itís alliwed?
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There are a few services available ,but its definitely best to check what is allowed.
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Is it possible you can give me the names of any services? We are clueless here, then I can get her to call the prison & ask. Thank you ��
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The prison in Edgefield is a FEDERAL prison and they do not allow call forwarding.

Also, federal prisons often don’t answer they phone and if they do they sometimes decline to answer questions.
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My boyfriends prison was Federal in Colorado & we call forwarded the whole of our relationship so that canít be totally true. He was at Oxford & we never had a problem.
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I said the BoP doesn’t allow it, I didn’t say it isn’t done. Scores of inmates do it, but my friend got caught and lost all phone calls for 6 month and calls to me forever.
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I said the BoP doesnít allow it, I didnít say it isnít done. Scores of inmates do it, but my friend got caught and lost all phone calls for 6 month and calls to me forever.
I legit had NO IDEA it wasnít allowed 😳
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The problem with the bop's inmate phone system is "call forwarding" is prohibited, but it can be difficult, or impossible to find out if a particular phone system is considered CF, or not. Google Voice definitely is call forwarding, but I have no idea if Skype is, or is not.

The only option I know for sure is allowed by the bop is if you get a cell phone that is issued number that is a local call to that prison. That is not call forwarding regardless of where the phone is physically located. I have no idea if you could get one from the UK with a local phone number (area code and prefix) to a US Prison.

The bop allows prisoners to make international phone calls to approved numbers on their call lists (maybe even using Skype, LOL) so if you and he are allowed to use it, the cost will be reduced from whatever he is now paying to 6 cents/minute.
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I legit had NO IDEA it wasnít allowed 😳

It is all but impossible to ever know all the rules and restrictions the BoP has. Plus, how strictly they are enforced varies; one warden will turn a blind eye to it and the next one might view it as the 8th deadly sin.
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Thanks so much ladies. I’ll tell her.
I have learnt several new things today! Thank you ����
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I had Vonage UK. Never had a problem. I have Sent you the info.
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Hello!
I use Sonetel. I basically have a us number that forwards to mine. It's worked for 5 months now. MY lo is in max security in New Jersey State prison. Hope this helps
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The best way is to register with pigeonly.com this site is dedicated to inmates
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