If a customer disputed a charge, the telephone company would usually “forgive” the charge but block the caller from calling any other chat lines.By 2007 only Verizon, Sprint and AT&T remained in the chat line business in the U. By 2007 Verizon and MCI had merged and only a few chat line companies remained active as a result.Originally phone sex services consisted of a managed network of dispatchers (live or automated) and erotic performers.Performers would come to a studio where they received a cubicle, coaching, and cash incentives to keep callers on the line longer.The vast majority of modern services in the United States use toll-free numbers whereby clients can dial up to request a call with a particular performer using credit cards, Automated Clearing House systems, and a variety of other billing methods.There are still some services that rely upon premium-rate telephone numbers (e.g., 976 and 900 numbers) for billing purposes, although this practice has been largely abandoned due to the high rate of fraud associated with these lines and the inability to dial 900 and 976 lines from cellular phones.All have some way for a provider to post a picture and some text.Big platforms as of 2016 are Niteflirt, Talkto Me, and My Phone Site; the latter also includes provision by which a manager, with the consent of the providers, could have a virtual shop with many providers under them. Customers had a variety of payment options, and pages of providers to choose from, sometimes with voice samples available.
Leonard herself was surprised at the success of these numbers.
This is the world portrayed in Spike Lee's movie about phone sex, Girl 6.
At that time independent phone sex was more dangerous, as Lee's movie portrays.
Nevertheless, phone sex should not be confused with prostitution wherein money is exchanged for real life sexual services or physical interaction.
The editor of High Society magazine, Gloria Leonard, is credited with being one of the first people to use "976 numbers", then "900 numbers" for promotional purposes and soon as a revenue stream in the adult industry.