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Old 07-10-2019, 02:05 PM
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I'm in the UK and my penpal told me his friend in there and his friends Aussie fiance, speak all the time via Skype. SO, I checked the Michigan website - NO mention of Skype or banning forwarded calls (as I think they are called) so all excited when the phone rang via Skype, to be told ' This is a complimentary one minute call but your number will be blocked from any future calls.
It then went on to tell me about signing up for a GTL (?) debit card or something.
Happy to hear my penpal for the first time - but what a letdown!!
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Most agencies view Skype/Google as a call forwarding service and they prohibit that. I think what some overseas folks have done is to get a prepaid phone with a prefix local to the facility. Hopefully they come along and chime in on that.
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I don't think we can do that from here (UK) but I am also terrified now that he won't be allowed to even JPay me? Is that likely to happen?
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Most agencies view Skype/Google as a call forwarding service and they prohibit that. I think what some overseas folks have done is to get a prepaid phone with a prefix local to the facility. Hopefully they come along and chime in on that.
I don't know what a pre=paid phone is - is that like a phone that you top up?
Sorry for being stupid - not dealt with this crap before and thanks! xXX
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If you are able to do the GTL it is pretty easy to use. Once my guy got transferred from the jail to the prison the calls went down to 6 cents per minute. Not sure what they would be for Michigan to the UK though as I am in Ohio as is my boyfriend.
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