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Old 04-14-2019, 02:46 PM
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I recently changed my number to a local one to the location where my LO is currently incarcerated @ and I just received an email from my LO saying there had been no change in cost He mentioned something about a google number though ... Anyone know what he might be referring to or how I may be able to reduce phone costs ? I would appreciate any information anyone could provide.
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:03 PM
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Yes go to play store and download google voice..Make sure you put in the right area code so you get a local #.
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Um no, don't. Google voice is a third party service which is not allowed. They will find out and calls will be suspended. It's not worth the risk.
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The area code alone doesn't guarantee that it will be within the prison's local call area, you need the 3 correct prefix numbers too. Try contacting your provider and request a number that is a local call. It will reduce the cost from 21 to 6 cents/min.

Being caught using call forwarding has cost some folks the loss of all phone use for up to 3 years.
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TYSM StephBoudreau, sass4221 & fbopnomore !

Yesterday the young lady @ the store was very helpful and tried to do so after I explained my situation but was only able to come up with the area code. I will try to do it again tomorrow over the phone ... fbopnomore you really know your stuff & I appreciate you
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Oh sorry I didnt know...Ill have to tell my LO not to use that #.Now Im scared cause hes only called me 2xs with it and I hear grom him 2xs a day but have not heard fron him since yesterday morning.
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I recently changed my number to a local one to the location where my LO is currently incarcerated @ and I just received an email from my LO saying there had been no change in cost He mentioned something about a google number though ... Anyone know what he might be referring to or how I may be able to reduce phone costs ? I would appreciate any information anyone could provide.
If he is fed go through phone donkey that's what I use now its 11 dollars a month for 300 minutes
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Yes he's in the Feds. Thank you, Ill look into that.
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Depending on the prison, some are ok and encourage google voice. Mine was in Duluth Prison Camp and they were ok with it. It saved us a fortune. The other option is that you can get a cell phone with that area code and prefix, or a prepaid cell phone and hook it up with that area code and prefix. It's easy enough to do and it will save a ton of money. Local calls for fed are only $.06/min.
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Like every other restriction in the bop, it depends on how they are enforced, or ignored at that prison, and often on that day. The problem with call forwarding is that it carries a specific conduct violation that can be enforced at any time, regardless if it wasn't previously. Violation 297.
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Its fine I use this for my husband have had no problem
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I recently changed my number to a local one to the location where my LO is currently incarcerated @ and I just received an email from my LO saying there had been no change in cost He mentioned something about a google number though ... Anyone know what he might be referring to or how I may be able to reduce phone costs ? I would appreciate any information anyone could provide.
I recently experienced the same thing. Two days ago she asked me to get a local number, which i did, and she told me there had been no reduction in the cost. It is possible that i didn't get a number with the correct prefix so I've contacted the company to make sure that it is in fact a "local" number... But as of now, the cost has remained the long distance cost. Inmate is located at SFF Hazelton.
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I recently experienced the same thing. Two days ago she asked me to get a local number, which i did, and she told me there had been no reduction in the cost. It is possible that i didn't get a number with the correct prefix so I've contacted the company to make sure that it is in fact a "local" number... But as of now, the cost has remained the long distance cost. Inmate is located at SFF Hazelton.
Sorry to hear, hopefully you’ll have better luck than I as I had none obtaining a number with the same 3 digit prefix with my wireless carrier
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The prison's computer decides which calls are local, and which are long distance. As long as your new number isn't "call forwarding", he can file an inmate grievance.
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The prison's computer decides which calls are local, and which are long distance. As long as your new number isn't "call forwarding", he can file an inmate grievance.
& that, it is not ... thank you fbopnomore, I will let him know.
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