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Old 12-05-2012, 06:46 PM
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My fiancé/baby daddy was sent to CRC in Orient Monday. I'm trying to get information on the phone systems. I have a KY number because I work in KY. When he was in county I had a local cell prepaid that cut my call costs. I've been told that using global tel link that you can't have a cell. I've also been told that if I would get a local prepay cell that they would want utility bills, etc. I had planned on getting a local prepay cell to whatever his parent institution ends up being.

Can someone clear this up for me?
Is global tel link the only option for Ohio prisons?
I signed up on offender connect. Is their phone accounts the same as global tel link or are they different? And do I add to my phone account or his?
Can I add money if I'm not an approved visitor yet to his commissary and phone through offender connect?

I'm afraid he will call and not be able to talk because I'm not approved visitor yet.

This whole process is so confusing.

Anything you can say helps. Any tips on how to save on calls etc. any info on anything really would help.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:49 PM
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Ok you can use a local cell number you just have to put money on his offender phone account. Your number just has to be approved which you already know how that goes you get the phone call and approve it. I don't mess with gtl at all. IF you put it on his acct you don't have to verify your phone number and billing and such with them. Yes they are they only phone company but just bypass them
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I do the same. I have a local cell to the prison. I put money on his phone account with Offender connect. I detest GTL. GTL is still in the mix somehow with offender connect. I change the number when he changes prisons.
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Ok awesome. Thank you guys. That's what I was wanting to know is if I just set up on offender connect an when he calls if that would go around global tel link because I've had so much trouble with securus while he was in county and I heard global tel link was way worse.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:31 PM
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you can go either thru GTL (hate them refuse to go thru them)
you can go thru google voice # (that's what i got and the calls are only .96cents) and find a local # where his prison is at or a town/city closer to it.
you can go and get a cheap cell and have it a local # where his prison is at.

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you can go either thru GTL (hate them refuse to go thru them)
you can go thru google voice # (that's what i got and the calls are only .96cents) and find a local # where his prison is at or a town/city closer to it.
you can go and get a cheap cell and have it a local # where his prison is at.
With google voice, did you use the offender connect phone account to add money and him just call the google voice number?

Can you do this on an iPhone on the google voice app?
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...and when it is discovered that you are using GV or forwarding your calls, your phone will be blocked. Period. Its a risk. If you're willing to risk losing phone calls for the rest of his stay......
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...and when it is discovered that you are using GV or forwarding your calls, your phone will be blocked. Period. Its a risk. If you're willing to risk losing phone calls for the rest of his stay......
Ok. I didn't know that. Ill probably just get a cell phone then. I found out the company I work for is going under anyways in a month so I may choose to move somewhere close to where he is placed and look for work there so that there is less travel. So this probably won't even be an issue by the time he's finally able to call. Lol
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