How to Save Money on Prison and Jail Phone Calls from Inmates

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How to Save Money on Prison and Jail Phone Calls

Communicating with inmates can get really expensive. Finding the right way to is quite demanding, and it takes a lot of time and research. DoNotPay is here to help. We’ve created a faster, easier and more efficient way to find inmates and communicate with them.

Connecting with an inmate over the phone is among the many things that DoNotPay can help you with. DoNotPay can also help you learn about:

Right now, you’re wondering how to save money on phone calls to inmates. Let’s get started.

How Much Are Prison Calls Charged?

Prison call fee charges differ from one state to another. Some states charge $0.25 per minute, while others charge more than $1 per minute. This means that the cost of making a call depends on where you live.

If you want to know how much a call costs, you can visit the website of the correctional facility or department where the inmate is being held. It is important to note that incarcerated individuals do not always answer calls. You may end up incurring costs when calls are not answered.

Prison Call Fees Explained

Every time an inmate calls, you are charged for a call. The charges differ depending on the type of call. For example, a collect call is usually cheaper than a prepaid call. A collect call allows you to pay the entire amount at once. On the other hand, a prepaid call allows you to pay only what you use.

Prison and Jail Phone Calls

Collect calls from a prison or jailThe more expensive option, but helpful in an emergency.
Prepaid Phone PlansAllow you to pay ahead for calls from inmates. They are usually less expensive than collect calls from a prison or jail.

How To Save On Prison Call Fees On Your Own

Google Voice technology has made it possible to avoid paying for prison phone calls. Google Voice is a service offered by Google that enables users to receive calls from any number without paying for the call. The process of using Google Voice is long and complicated. DoNotPay is the faster way. But let’s try it this way, first.

1. Create a new account on Google Voice

You must create a new account on Google voice before you start receiving calls.

2. Register Your Number

The next thing you need to do is register your phone number. This is done so that you can receive calls from anyone.

3. Add Your Contact Information

After registering your number, you must add your contact information. This includes your name, email, and mobile number.

4. Verify Your Account

After adding all your details, you must verify your account. This ensures that you are the actual owner of the account.

5. Set Up Auto-Forwarding

When you set up auto-forwarding, you enable the system to forward incoming calls to your cell phone.

6. Make Sure You Have Unlimited Minutes

Make sure you have unlimited minutes before you proceed further.

7. Check Your Settings

Check your settings to ensure that everything is working fine.

8. Start Receiving Calls From Anyone

Once you have followed these steps, you should receive calls from anyone entirely free. However, you cannot make outgoing calls until you activate the feature.

That was a lot of legwork to . There is a better way.

Next Steps If You Can't Save Prison Phone Fee Money On Your Own

Using Google voice technology to save prison phone fees may be quite frustrating and considerably cumbersome. However, this is not the only way out. DoNotPay has a more precise and convenient way. All you need is to follow the steps below.

Here's how you can use DoNotPay to save prison call fees:

  1. Search "save fees" on DoNotPay, choose the Prison/ Jail Fees product, and select the type of fee you want to save.

  2. Select the merchant you want to save fees for and enter the details of your transaction, including an associated account if you have one.

  3. Submit your case! DoNotPay will generate the best argument for your case and make sure your fee waiver request gets sent to the merchant for processing.

See how easy that was? You don’t need to spend hours goofing around.

DoNotPay Works Across All Companies/Entities/Groups With The Click Of A Button

It doesn’t matter which facility your loved one is located in, DoNotPay can help you connect with them. Use the app to find prisoners when you don’t know where they are.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Prison and jail phone calls are only one way you can use DoNotPay. You can also use it for:

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