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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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Old 05-12-2019, 04:55 PM
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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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Old 05-21-2019, 08:30 AM
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Inmates can't receive calls, they can only make them. Call forwarding can change outgoing call rates paid by the prisoner from long distance (21 cents/min) to local (6 cents/min) but it isn't allowed by the bop.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:39 PM
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He can get a cell phone and when he activates it ask for it to have an area code that is the same area code as the prison you'll be at. That way when you call him it will be local.

Aside from that, you do not need to change anything out of your name to his name. You don't need to close your accounts, etc. What you should do however, is call and make sure he is an authorized user on these accounts in case he needs to access them or close them for any reason.

Where my husband was recently, they didn't do anything about google voice, but he was in a camp. The prisons are well aware of the new technologies and the fact that many people use cell phones only these days and no longer have land lines. With the changing technology, the prisons are changing as well. You won't know where your prison stands on this issue until you get there. There are a lot of other issues they are more concerned with than this one. You just have to wait to find out as the information changes so frequently these days.
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Getting a phone number assigned with the same area code as the prison doesn't always result in a "local call". It must have a prefix that is in the prison's local calling range too.
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Perhaps this depends on custody level and institution, but I just wanted to pipe up that, in fact, we ran into this very issue, and the facility will not approve numbers whose account holders don't match the submitted name. My LO's mother's number was rejected for approval because it's a prepaid phone. However, they did say that they'd approve it if she sent in a bill showing she pays for it. I have a feeling, though, that these stringent standards are applied increasingly strictly as the level of custody increases. My hubs is at a USP.
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I have an account PhoneDonkey lol at first I thought it was bullshit for sure but it’s been a lifesaver and I feel like everyone should use it! It’s saved us so much money!!! I pay $11 a month and the minutes renew on his renewal date! He’s even been transferred a few times and all I have to do is put in his inmate number and it pulls his facility and gives me a new number and I just email it to him and we haven’t had any issues at all. The call comes right to my cell (you add the number that you want it forwarded too) and it just comes up on my caller id as the same number I give him. It also has an option to where you can add more minutes if needed and there’s an option to have “multiple inmates” just thought I’d share cause it’s really been a life saver! Before I did that I did google voice which never worked!
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I have an account PhoneDonkey...(you add the number that you want it forwarded too)
Bold italics by me ^^^^ Call forwarding is not allowed in any BOP or DOC or Privately Operated facility...it is just not allowed as it is a security issue. When caught, there are consequences that neither your loved one nor you will like very much.
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Patch is right and I don’t care how many say they’ve been doing for years or that some wardens allow it.

I understand MANY get away with it, I understand some wardens don’t enforce it, but I understand even more clearly it is technically banned by the BoP and if they decide to enforce it the results might be harsh.

If you value your phone calls either get a local number and pay 6¢ per minute or keep your number and pay 21¢ a minute.

My friend was caught and he lost all phone calls for a few months and when he did get calls back NONE of the numbers from before were approved.
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There is a specific conduct violation for call forwarding, 297.
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This lifestyle isn't for everyone! It comes with it highs and it's lows. If you love this man as you say you do. You'll be more patient and wait it out and continue to be by his side until he finally gets to come home for good. Being with someone that's incarcerated isn't easy at all and nothing about it can be rushed through neither. I know your probably so over all of this already. But all you can do is wait it out a little longer. If he comes home in Jan 2020 or not that'll be up to you to decide if it's worth being more understanding and worth staying/being more patient until he actually does come home. Being angry isn't going to change his situation at all. If you have this much anger your relationship with him isn't going to last at all. So give it some more deep thought all together. If you love him and can't imagine your life with someone else. You'll stick by his side..regardless the distance when it comes to visiting, regardless the 10 minute phone call once every 2 weeks. You'll stick by him until it's finally over.
Can someone tell me of a good but cheap phone service i. Can get with for usp mccreary the calls are expensive with my number any help appreciated thanks
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Call forwarding is prohibited in bop owned prisons. If you can get a cellphone assigned a local phone number to USP McCreary, area code and prefix, the calls will cost him 6 cents/min (once it is added to his approved call list) instead of 21 cents/min for long distance, so check with your provider.
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Call forwarding is prohibited in bop owned prisons. If you can get a cellphone assigned a local phone number to USP McCreary, area code and prefix, the calls will cost him 6 cents/min (once it is added to his approved call list) instead of 21 cents/min for long distance, so check with your provider.
Thank you also will i be able too use my home phone because yes it does cost him a good bit and i tried getting a local number with using a text now and didn't have a 606 number he said something about 15being the second number i don't all the help is greatly appreciated thank you thank you thank you
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Hey chocolatebaby, I moved your post to the fed forums about phone calls.
I hope you can read thru and get better info for your situation.
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McCreary's main phone number is 606-354-7000, so you need a prefix that is in their local calling range. This local calling guide web page says they include 606-354 and 606-517.
https://localcallingguide.com/lca_pr...hp?exch=070300
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