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Re: Calling Card Needed -- Short Interaction Sequence

Scott Dorsey (
14 Dec 2004 13:46:25 -0500

Joseph <> wrote:

> On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 21:35:20 -0700, DevilsPGD <>
> wrote:

>>> Then their billing arrangement is broken. The FCC regs are that the
>>> pay phone operator gets their kickback of (usually about $0.30 [a])
>>> for _each_ call. If you (typically) hit the " * " button on the keypad
>>> to tell your phonecard service to let you make a second call without
>>> having to hangup and redial the whole kit and kaboodle, the FCC regs
>>> treat that one as, yes, a second call, with an additional $0.30.

>> Interesting, do you know what defines when a second call starts?

> Why is this such a difficult question? You finish one call and begin
> another one. When the second call answers the second call starts.

Most of these guys don't have supervision to tell when the second call
answers. They cannot tell if the call DOES answer. Most of them wait
a predetermined time (thirty seconds is common) and if the call has
not terminated, assume it's begin.

What if you are calling internationally, and the call set-up time is
ten minutes or so?

-- scott

"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

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