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Old 05-12-2019, 02:24 PM
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I am being sentenced in shortly and not certain if I will get a date to report. I am trying to get my non-tech savvy husband set up for the worst. Is it correct that I have to get him a cell phone in his name with the bill coming to our address nd he cannot use any services like cricket? The home phone has to be in his name as well? Previously I had all of this in my name, but I think I need to change everything before I leave. I am presuming the email available is fairly easy to use as long as he accepts my request ?

I know these topics have been discussed, but I am concerned that anyone who has prepaid mobile will be unable to be called? Also, are we permitted to have business numbers on our number list? One of my friends is much easier to call at her employment as her cell phone service is very sparse at her residence.
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For you to include a number on your "approved to call" phone list doesn't require anything special on his end. It can be Cricket, prepaid, whatever. All of the additional requirements you mentioned are for your personal phones when you are in a half way house, home confinement, and/or on post prison supervised release. One recipient can be listed under more than one phone number too, home & cell for sure, but I'm not sure about a business phone number. All the ITS phone system knows is if a number is approved to call, or not, so if the counselor adds a number to your list, the calls will go through.

Once you know where you are going, you can reduce your phone costs from 21 cents/min to 6 cents/min by having his cell phone provider assign it a number that is a local call from that prison (area code and prefix), but "call forwarding applications" are a violation of the bop phone policy that carry significant punishments if discovered. Some folks, at certain prisons, have gotten away with using google voice, a forwarding program, but others have posted that they lost complete phone access for 3 years for using the same thing.

Once you send him an invitation email message, and he replies to that specific message, you will be able to send and receive messages to/from that email address, so make sure he also checks for messages that have been moved to spam or trash folders too. You will be charged 5 cents/min whenever you are logged into the email computer to either read or write messages.
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