Nevertheless, phone sex should not be confused with prostitution wherein money is exchanged for real life sexual services or physical interactions.

A key advantage of phone sex, compared with physical intimacy, is that it cannot transmit a sexually transmitted infection.

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The telephone companies placed the chat line charges on a customers local phone bill.

If a customer disputed a charge, the telephone company would usually “forgive” the charge but block the caller from calling any other chat lines.

Performers would come to a studio where they received a cubicle, coaching, and cash incentives to keep callers on the line longer.

This is the world portrayed in Spike Lee's movie about phone sex, Girl 6.

Leonard herself was surprised at the success of these numbers.

Originally phone sex services consisted of a managed network of dispatchers (live or automated) and erotic performers.Human dispatchers — female, except for gay male phone sex — answered the advertised phone numbers, processed payment via credit card, chose who of the available performers in the dispatcher's judgment best matched the clients' fantasy (grandma, black girl, college girl, etc.), and connected the client with the provider. Either could hang up, though some services put economic pressure on providers not to do so.Originally, per-minute billing was provided by phone companies (in the U. There was, from some services, an attempt to keep the caller aroused but short of orgasm, so he would spend more money.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.Verizon provided billing services to calls made in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.Once means of transmitting payment were developed, phone sex turned into primarily a commercial activity, with customers (overwhelmingly male) and sellers (overwhelmingly female).