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Old 05-05-2015, 03:16 AM
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Thank you all for your replies. I'll try Skype, if doesn't works I will try something else.
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Thank you all for your replies. I'll try Skype, if doesn't works I will try something else.
I think trying to figure out if using a third party provider and call forwarding services is allowed the person wishing to receive calls should call the prison their LO is in and ASK. Losing phone privileges or getting a case isn't worth not knowing personally from the prison. People here have good intentions but one person can't know all the rules and if they have changed. I'd want to know for sure before trying anything.
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We have used Skype for years and never once had a problem.
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I'll call the prison and ask for information. I'll update this post when they will give me accurate information. Thanks to all!
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We have used Skype for years and never once had a problem.
The point everyone is making, is what is allowed in Maryland is not necessarily allowed in Illinois.
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The prision itself uses SECURUS Corp. services and IS NOT ALLOWED in any way, for an inmate, make phone calls to "special phone services" like SKYPE PHONE NUMBERS, SKYPE PREMIUM, FORWARDING CALL SERVICES, TOLL-FREE FORWARDING SERVICES,... and on pain of severe sanctions.
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The prision itself uses SECURUS Corp. services and IS NOT ALLOWED in any way, for an inmate, make phone calls to "special phone services" like SKYPE PHONE NUMBERS, SKYPE PREMIUM, FORWARDING CALL SERVICES, TOLL-FREE FORWARDING SERVICES,... and on pain of severe sanctions.
Well, it's a good thing you checked! I hope you find a legal way to have your LO call you.
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The prision itself uses SECURUS Corp. services and IS NOT ALLOWED in any way, for an inmate, make phone calls to "special phone services" like SKYPE PHONE NUMBERS, SKYPE PREMIUM, FORWARDING CALL SERVICES, TOLL-FREE FORWARDING SERVICES,... and on pain of severe sanctions.
I'm glad you called and got the answer from the horse's mouth. I know it sucks though to not be able to talk on the phone though and I hope in the future this rule changes. Hopefully you'll get to visit him/her soon though!
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I'm glad we can finally put this discussion to bed. Geeez.
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Skype often works just fine. And is certainly cheaper than long distance numbers.
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Skype often works just fine. And is certainly cheaper than long distance numbers.
AGAIN, Skype does not work for all prisons. Most prisons consider it call forwarding and you and/or your Loved One can lose their phone privileges if caught. If in doubt always call the prison and ask if it is allowed.
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Skype often works just fine. And is certainly cheaper than long distance numbers.
The OP already called the prison and got the answer. Here in IL (as in many other states), it's considered call forwarding. It may work "just fine" temporarily, but once the prison finds out that both parties are not using the company that they're supposed to (in our case, Securus), the inmate may get phone privileges dropped completely amongst other punishments possibly. It's better to just err on the side of caution, than take risks and be punished.
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UPDATE

A few months later my initial post, finally we can talk on phone!! The number was approved and I have an account on securustech where I put money for be able to talk with her via my skype number. It's for real, a skype number is allowed because you pay $4.07 everytime an inmate calls to you with the Advance Connect service from securus.
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A few months later my initial post, finally we can talk on phone!! The number was approved and I have an account on securustech where I put money for be able to talk with her via my skype number. It's for real, a skype number is allowed because you pay $4.07 everytime an inmate calls to you with the Advance Connect service from securus.
Oh okay, I'm glad you're able to finally talk to her, although I'm sorry it took so long! I know it must've been torture waiting!
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:31 AM
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Oh okay, I'm glad you're able to finally talk to her, although I'm sorry it took so long! I know it must've been torture waiting!
Yeah I'm very happy but when she heard my voice, she began to cry. It was very frustrating not be able to hug her

Sometimes I feel so useless but I do everything I can for make her "situation" a little bit better.

I do a lot of jokes for make her laugh and I tell her what I do every day, but I feel so guilty because she likes to listen to me but in the other hand I know she's sad because she can't do all these things I tell her.
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so.. maybe it's actually possible to receive calls from an inmate to my Skype local IL state number? I'm so confused!
I have been trying to do the same thing. The Skype number worked for about three days, and then they detected it as a call diverter. It sounds like in Illinois it is not allowed. I am afraid to try it again so not to risk him losing phone privileges.
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Hi Hon... I wanted to check in and see if things were still working.
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I am also wondering if things are still working? When I tried Skype my loved one was in cook county. Now he is in a state prison and wonder if Skype would be allowed there. I did try to call the facility many times and have not been able to get anyone to confirm for me. Does anyone here have a recent update?
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In general, call forwarding services of any type aren't allowed.
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