Okay everyone I'm setup and it is working. We just received our first collect call from a local jail. The system there is setup so that the inmates can only call out collect.
The program that makes it possible is called Global Tel link and is at »www.globaltellink.com
So the jail must be setup to use Global Tel Link. The GTL website can give you those details. So can your jail.
I called 800-483-8314 and entered my MJ number starting with the area code. Then I entered the info from the cretic/debit card I'm using. And a few minutes later we received a call from our family member who is in jail.
It was that simple. I had the opportunity to put $25.00 or $50.00 on the account for our family member to use. I put $25.00 for now just to make sure it works. The fee they deducted from that $25.00 was $4.75.
That fee would be higher had I put $50.00. But whatever... if for some reason it didn't work they would have refunded the money less the $4.75 and a $5.00 refund fee.
The call process worked perfectly. Gloal Tel Link intercepts the collect call from the jail and sends it to you. When you answer they tell you who they are and what the call is and you can accept.
I hope this helps you. Really the only thing you need to know ahead of time is whether the facility uses the GTL system.--
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