Calling Plans from Federal Prisons (Potentially save up to $400 annually!!!)
Inmates in federal prisons whose families subscribe to AutoFive reduce the cost of their calls to $0.06/min from $0.23/min (and from $.99/min when dialing international destinations). That’s a saving of up to $400 per year for Subscriber’s to the US domestic service and thousands of dollars for International subscribers!
Why do I need a phone number local to the prison?
Because the rates charged by the facility are based on the distance to your phone number. The shorter the distance, the cheaper the call. By using our AutoFive phone numbers, the distance dialed by the inmate may be reduced to one that is as short as possible from the prison thus saving money on each call.
Is your service allowed to be used by inmates in Federal prisons?
Yes, it is. We do not alter any of the BOP's telephone procedures used to ensure "safe" calls. We provide you with a phone number outside the prison, but still local to it. When a Federal inmate dials your AutoFive number, they still go through the prison phone system and they still must put AutoFive numbers on their approved call list. This is what allows them to comply with the applicable rules, but may change their calling rate from 23 cents per minute to 6 cents per minute.
I purchased a phone with a number local to the prison and my inmate was still charged long distance
rates. How does AutoFive guarantee local calling rates with the Bureau of Prisons?
The BOP has a very narrow definition for what numbers qualify as "local" calls. Having the same area code does not
necessarily qualify the call for local rates. In fact, we found that the BOP does not even follow the definition for local calls followed by most phone companies.