Jump to navigation. Pay-per-call services provide users with a wide range of telecommunications services, including audio information, entertainment or conversation. Providers of these services often use phone numbers with area codes in the s, and callers either pay an additional charge per-call or are billed at a per-minute rate higher than normal phone calls.
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You always have the right to dispute unauthorized charges that appear on your telephone bill. Be especially alert to charges for calls to numbers, which may or may not be legitimate. These calls are NOT toll-free; on the contrary, sometimes the charges can be quite high.
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Many customer services lines for computers and software now utilize numbers. A number business is a pay-per-call model with customers dialing in, paying for the number of minutes you are speaking to a representative who provides a service. Many number businesses are adult-driven services such as escort and dating services.
Telephone numbers preceded by a are considered premium-rate numbers since callers are charged a fee. The numbers are used by businesses to create revenue. Typical businesses that use numbers include weather stations, technical support, adult entertainment, psychics, business consulting, and many others.
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A service enables customers to connect to phone numbers that start with for pay-per-call services. Pay-per-call services include live and pre-recorded services such as adult chat lines, vote casting, psychic consultations, horoscopes, soap opera updates, games, donations processing, sports scores, weather forecasts, translation, and medical, legal or government services. These services are offered by third parties called content providers. Rules for and services are not exactly the same.
Skip navigation. Businesses that operate — or provide billing for — pay-per-call services must follow the provisions of the Number Rule. Find out more about the legal requirements for advertising, billing, and collections.
Calls to telephone numbers, or pay-per-call services, are paid for by the caller. T charge is greater than, or added to, the carrier's charge for the transmission of the call. Under the Number Rule adopted by the Federal Trade Commissionthe prefix became the only one through which interstate pay-per-call services could be offered, effective November 1, Pay-per-call services for local or intrastate calls often use other prefixes, such as or