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Old 02-04-2013, 04:15 PM
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My husband was in county jail for 3 weeks. I spent $300 on phone calls so far. Is that alot of money? if yes, then I must have ALOT of love for this man... lol, but it was all worth it because it really helped me by not worrying so much and it helped him feeling more secure about our relationship. He would say he would have a big smile after he gets off the phone and can proudly walk back to his bed feeling content.

Today, he was sent to Wasco State Prison and is in reception. I will not be able to make any phone calls or get any visits til they send him to mainline. So i say, those calls were definitely worth it! This is going to be a LOOOOOOOONG wait!. UGH, I must now have to go through the hardest part and it's waiting "months" for him to get transferred. What Im afraid of, is it can takes MONTHS for him to get transferred. I am not looking forward to waiting... Oh, did I mention, I'm 2 &half months pregnant and this would be our first child, which makes it even more stressful
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:40 PM
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Aww I know that must be hard for you being pregnant and he is not there with you. Phone calls are expensive period, so 300 is just another ptice that phone calls can be. I have a prepaid account so I limit what I spend on phone calls because we could talk enough to make everyone working for the prison system rich and that is not my plans.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:25 PM
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I don't spend anything on phone calls. His mom and friend send money for the calls. I am not sure how much they send or the details as it isn't my place to ask. I just appreciate what they do.
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Hi Sonya
Just wanted to say hello and wish you well. Congrats on your pregnancy. I am sure this is not an easy road not but stay strong. As far as the calls yes they are expensive but you only do what you and your family can afford. I had once posted a post about "not calling GTL or whichever phone service you use to see the total amount spent" It is insane! I know it all too well.

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I don't spend any money on phone calls, my girlfriends parents take care of that and when I try to give them money they won't except it. But I do know that they only cost $1.50 for 30 minutes in our situation.
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I really don't even wanna do the math in MY case....goodness lol. It's that bad. I wish our calls were $1.50 for 30 minutes..I'd never get off the phone!! lol

Anywho, I'm sorry sonya! I hope in your sake, it won't take that long!! If it helps, I'm sure you can send letters. I'm not familiar with the reception center he's in, but I know for my man he couldn't write back since they couldn't get commissary to buy envelopes. But at least, it'll be VERY therapeutic for you to write to him because it'll feel like you're talking to him right then and there...it might help make time go by faster for you!

Just remember, you're almost done with the hardest part. Once he gets to his prison, it'll feel like a breath of fresh air. Because now you're done with court dates and not knowing when he'll get out, you'll be in the countdown phase soon enough! Good luck with your pregnancy! Remember to take care of yourself and treat yourself right.
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I spend around $50 every 2 months or so....my husband calls once a day and twice on weekends for 30mins. The calls are around $1.50 now for the 30 mins! But I remember at one point around 10 yrs ago when the calls were $11.80 a call so I am grateful that the companies switched and are much better! County jail phone calls are always expensive as most still use GTL who does nothing but rip you off! So glad that I don't deal with them anymore!
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I spend probably around 80$ each month. Our calls are 4$ for each 15 minute call and he calls me once a day on the days when I don't go visit. It adds up so quick!
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We spend more than $50 per week on calls. He calls me 3-4 times per day for anywhere from 10-30 minutes per call...just depends. He's always worried about how much it's costing me. But it will be a BARGAIN compared to when he gets to Moldova and we have to deal with international calls. Ugh.

Transfer is not fun! In the end we were lucky because my man was in Federal so he was able to make calls at the stops along the way. Try to find something to occupy the quiet times and congrats on your pregnancy!
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our calls are like $6 (during the day) && $2 (at night) so yeaaa spend a whole lot of change on our calls good thing i love him!!
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The first few weeks I think it is normal to want to talk to him a whole bunch. I mean, you have both been through something traumatic and you need reassurances. After you settle in to the "new normal" you can slow down on the calls. I probably spent $500 the first month he was in jail, but after that we worked out a budget and we stick to it. I put enough in the account each month for one call every day and two on the weekend and holidays. It varies a bit, because there are more weekend days in some months, but it ranges from about $120 to $150 a month. Expensive but worth it.
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Mike would kill me if I spent that much money on phone calls. He calls only because I want him to. He says "what is calling going to do but have you spend money that could be saved for other things? Don't give all of our money to someone else." He knows that I can do it, but he just don't see why we need to use that much money, especially if it's not going to change the situation. But we have been there when we were younger. I was spending hundreds each month on calls. I understand though. He calls enough to hear my and the kids voices. We write often. Now he calls twice a week, unless there is a need to call to inform me of something or if he needs me to do something. He has been in since September of 2013 and I have saved enough money for us to go on vacation when he gets out no later than December 2013.
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As of right now I don't spend anything on calls. It's like $4 or so whether we talk 2 or 30 minutes which I don't think it's worth it. When he was in prison last year it was like $5 for 30 minutes but they just changed companies to the company the jail uses. If he does go back to prison I'll put money on the phone then, but not now since I see him every Saturday and Sunday and he chirps me at night.
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it's kinda bad but I think I'm spending at least 40 to 50 dollars every 3 days!!! smh we have got to do something different... at this camp hes out ALL day new to us! so we just talk n talk
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@mrsTred I agree with u I think I spent about 600-700 since October already probably even more I use about 20-25 a day! But it is worth it i love hearing his voice!
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I spend like 1.45 per 15 mins call. He calls at most once a week. So like 5.80 per month. Mostly we don't get the entire 15 mins.
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It's $2.10 a call for me and he calls...once every week or so but sometimes twice a week.
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we go through a lot of $$, thankfully our calls are only $1. We go through $200-$250 every month. Today alone we are at 9 calls and I 'expect' he'll call another 2-3x before the nights up.
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@mrsTred I agree with u I think I spent about 600-700 since October already probably even more I use about 20-25 a day! But it is worth it i love hearing his voice!

lol me too! hearing his voice brightens my day! i love it lol but yeah its worth it!! sometimes we talk for a hour and 45 mins before it cuts us off
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we go through a lot of $$, thankfully our calls are only $1. We go through $200-$250 every month. Today alone we are at 9 calls and I 'expect' he'll call another 2-3x before the nights up.
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Not much. But now that yard times have changed for the summer months, he's able to call more. Within the past month I've spent around $100. While I love talking to him, I couldn't pay that much month after month. So I'm glad it's only for the summer.
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It varies... Almost always he pays for his own calls I dont send him anything for that. But it depends too on the urgency of the kids.. He calls real quick every morning to say have great day at school at every nite to say goodnight. It doesn't take up all his time but.. Our two sons are in sports, and they call when they 'gotta talk to dad', and our daughter is the same depending on the important of her message to daddy. If they can email it, great but between his job (at the prison) and chow he calls just to check in and see how things are. I have sent money only a few times but that is for different or specific things he asks for - not calls. for a while he was sending me his $$
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We are luck they only cost us 5 cents per min with no connection fee. Thank God now the is a processing fee when adding the money to the account
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Wow! Where do you find the time?
He calls at different times everyday, we work around whatever my schedule is for the day. No kids here so I'm not busy dealing with those. I get calls anywhere from 5am to 845 pm. Sometimes when I'm really busy and have a free moment when he's supposed to be at chow or rec, he'll skip going and call me instead. I dont like that he skips chow but he insists his cellie and him have plenty of food in their cell. We make it work most days!
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WOW! You ladies are lucky!! J's in the Feds so we only get 300 minutes a month, and that has to be split between me, his mom, dad, grandparents and brother. I would love to talk to him everyday, all day, but 300 minutes goes quick! We're just now trying another rationing method - a 3 to 5 minute call just before the phones shut off for the night (cause we suck at hanging up, lol), so i figure we'll use 150mins per month, then that leaves 10x 15mins calls for the rest of the month to call the rest of the fam and a few long calls for us..
Thankfully I have a local phone number, so it costs 6cts a minute to me, whereas his family has long distance, so its like 25cts a minute. We probably spend close to $50 a month on his end, and then my phone is another $30/month..
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