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Old 03-14-2017, 01:59 PM
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I setup an account through GTL, and added $20 so I could receive calls from my boyfriend who is at NCCF. After they immediately charge their fees and I was left with $16.35. I just received a call from him, and after a 40 minute call I'm now left with $4.98.... 11.37 seems excessive to me for 40 minutes. Or is that the average. To top it off the call came from a Texas area code, I have a Los Angeles area.. What can I do to receive calls cheaper? I have a cell phone through Metro PCS.
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That is like 28 cent a min so that is reasonable. I don't know about cheaper calls honestly.
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That is average price. I pay around $30 a day to talk to my fiancé daily for 25 mins in the afternoon and 1 hour at night. It's costly but we keep each other sane. Mine is at pitchess east for fire camp training.
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That sounds......well, I don't know if it's 100% right, but typical.

Consider there's a $3 charge for depositing money on the account, they charge some sort of fee every time you connect, then a per-minute fee.

It's better to have one or two long phone calls a day than one short one if you can.

Jail/prison phone calls are a rip-off, unfortunately.
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For reference, these are the current GTL rates for Los Angeles County.

http://www.gtl.net/wp-content/upload...Rate-Sheet.pdf
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I setup an account through GTL, and added $20 so I could receive calls from my boyfriend who is at NCCF. After they immediately charge their fees and I was left with $16.35. I just received a call from him, and after a 40 minute call I'm now left with $4.98.... 11.37 seems excessive to me for 40 minutes. Or is that the average. To top it off the call came from a Texas area code, I have a Los Angeles area.. What can I do to receive calls cheaper? I have a cell phone through Metro PCS.


I tried changing my number to the same area code and it was no use basically it was a few cents less
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That sounds......well, I don't know if it's 100% right, but typical.

Consider there's a $3 charge for depositing money on the account, they charge some sort of fee every time you connect, then a per-minute fee.

It's better to have one or two long phone calls a day than one short one if you can.

Jail/prison phone calls are a rip-off, unfortunately.


I agree
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Good to know. Never used GTL, thought it was expensive. Do you guys know of any other services that charge a monthly fee? Boyfriend told me someone said for $30 Metro Pcs gives unlimited calls... Sounded farfetched
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Good to know. Never used GTL, thought it was expensive. Do you guys know of any other services that charge a monthly fee? Boyfriend told me someone said for $30 Metro Pcs gives unlimited calls... Sounded farfetched
Unfortunately with the County Jails you're stuck with whoever they contract with. Metro PCS as far as I know doesn't have any special deal going with GTL or the jails/prisons (unless they've got a contraband phone, highly illegal of course, but I used to joke with Dee "sometimes I think we'd save money if you just had a flip phone in your cell and hid it whenever the guards come around...." by the way, not worth the risk, can result in lost "good behavior/work" credits and potentially a new charge,) but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to go into an authorized retailer and ask (hey, if there's something we don't know, share, because I would totally get a flip phone and pay $30 a month to get unlimited calls from prison if Dee were still there. LOL!)

I'd say your best bet is to either prepare to spend a fortune on these jailhouse calls or to set some limits on it and mix in some in-person visits if you have the time and ability to actually get to the jail (I think you have to have an appointment now...when I used to go, back in the technological stone age of 2011, it was first-come first-serve and you filled out a slip, but I think at least some of the L.A. County jails now require appointments.) Once Dee and I got used to it, we were able to set a sort of calling schedule that maximized talk time when we did talk, minimized cost, and ensured there was always money on the phone in case of an emergency situation (for us once a week for 15-30 minutes was enough.)

This is definitely a different world. Don't know exactly what your boyfriend's facing sentence-wise or if he's already taken a deal, but I hope that whatever the situation is, he's home soon.

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I setup an account through GTL, and added $20 so I could receive calls from my boyfriend who is at NCCF. After they immediately charge their fees and I was left with $16.35. I just received a call from him, and after a 40 minute call I'm now left with $4.98.... 11.37 seems excessive to me for 40 minutes. Or is that the average. To top it off the call came from a Texas area code, I have a Los Angeles area.. What can I do to receive calls cheaper? I have a cell phone through Metro PCS.
GET A TEXAS NUMBER AND PAY $29.99 a MONTH FOR UNLIMITED CALLS, THAT'S WHAT I WILL DO IF I BEGIN TALKING MORE ON THE PHONE. MY DUDES AT NCCF AS WELL & WE DON'T TALK LONG ON THE PHONE AT ALL I TALK WITH HIM MAYBE 4 TIMES A DAY BUT FOR ONLY 5 to 10 MINS EACH TIME. I PUT $85 ON MY PHONE THIS WED IT WILL BE 2 WEEKS AND RIGHT NOW MY BALANCE IS $54 and some change. THEY SAY IT'S FREE NOW JUST TO CONNECT AND .25$ PER MIN. CUT THE PHONE CALLS SHORT THEN U CAN GET MORE CALLS IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GETTING YOUR MONEY WORTH PLUS GTL THEY COST TO MUCH TRY CONNECT NETWORK.
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GET A TEXAS NUMBER AND PAY $29.99 a MONTH FOR UNLIMITED CALLS, THAT'S WHAT I WILL DO IF I BEGIN TALKING MORE ON THE PHONE. MY DUDES AT NCCF AS WELL & WE DON'T TALK LONG ON THE PHONE AT ALL I TALK WITH HIM MAYBE 4 TIMES A DAY BUT FOR ONLY 5 to 10 MINS EACH TIME. I PUT $85 ON MY PHONE THIS WED IT WILL BE 2 WEEKS AND RIGHT NOW MY BALANCE IS $54 and some change. THEY SAY IT'S FREE NOW JUST TO CONNECT AND .25$ PER MIN. CUT THE PHONE CALLS SHORT THEN U CAN GET MORE CALLS IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GETTING YOUR MONEY WORTH PLUS GTL THEY COST TO MUCH TRY CONNECT NETWORK.


That's cool how do you sign up for connect network?
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That's cool how do you sign up for connect network?
Connect Network and GTL are the exact same thing.
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Connect Network and GTL are the exact same thing.


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Where do you guys live to be paying that much? 35-40 is 2 weeks of calls. 2 calls a day for us. Sometimes 3. 30 minutes each
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