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Top Questions

How it works?
We are affiliated with a unique technology which allows you to have a “local” (to the prison) phone line that rings wherever you live!! The inmate will be calling a “local” number to reach you, your home, or office instead of dialing “long distance” at inflated rates. Using CheapInmateCalls.com lets the savings stay in your inmate’s commissary account.
How does CheapInmateCalls save me money?
Our service lowers existing costs of receiving calls from prison and jails. It works with the phone systems, but makes calls cheaper because we provide you with a local phone number to the jail allowing your inmate to call you at your home or cell number.
Why do I need a local phone number to the prison?
To save you money on your calls. Direct dialed calls and pre-paid accounts are all based on how far the inmate is dialing. Using our local phone number will reduce the calling distance to as short as possible thereby saving you money on each call.
If my inmate uses your services, will it violate the prison rules or policies?
Certainly not. The principle is the same as any other phone call. When calls are made using our services, all the prison security systems will still be in place. Your calls can still be monitored by them, and you can still deny or accept any call, any time. All prison rules and regulations are still in effect.
How much will I save if my calls are coming from a state prison, or a local jail?
Your savings will vary. Since most of these calls will still need a pre-paid account with the phone provider associated with the jail, it will depend on what discount they offer for local versus long distance call. Our experience has shown these savings are typically 35-80% per call.
What do you mean by “destination”?
The destination is a term we use for the existing phone number where the new line will be answered. All calls to the new phone number we issue, will ring on the “destination” phone of your choice.
How much does you service cost?
CheapInmateCalls charges only $9.99 per year..much less than what other companies will charge you per month. Using CheapInmateCalls will significantly reduce the cost of the actual call from the prison.
Is your service allowed to be used at a Federal prison?
Yes. We do not change any of the procedures used to ensure a “safe” call with the BOP. We provide a local phone number outside the prison, but still local to it. When a Federal inmate uses this number, they still go through the prison phone system and they still must put the number on their approved call list. The difference is that future calls will use this new number. This is how they stay within the rules, but change their costs from 23? a minute to only 6? per minute.
Does CheapInmateCalls work with state prisons?
Yes it does. We do not change any of the procedures used to ensure a “safe” call with the BOP. We provide a local phone number outside the prison, but still local to it. When a Federal inmate uses this number, they still go through the prison phone system and they still must put the number on their approved call list. The difference is that future calls will use this new number. This is how they stay within the rules, but change their costs from 23c a minute to only 6c per minute.
Does CheapInmateCalls work with city and county jails?
Yes it can. Our service works by providing a local phone number to the jail. If you already are a local call to the jail, then it is doubtful that we will be able to offer you any savings on your calls. We have this covered that if you are more than 15-20 miles away from the jail, a local phone number can help, and we will save you money on your calls.
I purchased a cell phone with a local number to the prison and my inmate was still charged long distance rates. How does CheapInmateCalls guarantee local calling rates with the Bureau of Prisons?
In our testing we found that the BOP has very strict rules governing what is a local call and what is not. Having the same area code is not good enough for local rates. In fact, we found that the BOP does not even follow the ‘rules’ for local calls used by most phone companies. We verify each and every number to ensure that our lines are charged local rates to each prison.
How much do I save if my inmate is in a Federal prison?
The Bureau of Prisons charges 23c per minute for all direct dialed non-local calls. Local calls, such as our service, are only charged 6c per minute. So if your inmate is calling for their entire 300 minutes each month, the costs for the calls will directly drop from $69 to only $18 using our services.
What if my home phone service and/or home number changes?
              Can I have an established CheapInmateCalls phone changed to ring on my new phone?
Yes! Any one phone can be connected to each CheapInmateCalls phone number. The service is absolutly FREE!
I do not live in the United States. Will a CheapInmateCalls help my inmate save money with calls to other countries?
Of course! It may help you more than someone who lives in the US! Most prisons charge a huge amount to make long distance calls to other countries. CheapInmateCalls is dedicated to providing cost savings to all our clients.
Why must you know where my inmate is located?
This is a very important question. To properly issue your a local phone number that will save as much money as possible, it is vital that we know the correct location for each inmate. Our service works by making sure that each inmate is dialing a local call to their particular prison. The only way to be sure of this is to have an accurate location for them.
What about the privacy of my information?
We do not share or sell your information with any one in any way. We consider the privacy of our subscribers and users to be our top concern and priority.