How does the Atlantic Telephone service work?
Atlantic doesn’t replace the BOP’s phone system, but works with it to save you money by issuing a new number local to the prison the inmate’s held at. When inmates call their new local Atlantic Number, the BOP charges cheap 6¢ a minute local connection fee debited from the inmate’s commissary account to send the call out of the prison.
The total cost of a 15 minute call on the prison side is 90 cents.
Atlantic then sends the call at the rate of 5 cents per minute to your home or cell phone bringing the cost of a phone call to 11 cents per minute, a significant savings over the $0.21 per minute call rate of the BOP.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many minutes of calling time does the BOP allow inmate to use per month?
A: 300 minutes January thru October and 400 minutes in November and December.
Q: How long is a phone call from a Federal Prison?
A: A maximum of 15 minutes.
Q: What’s the normal “total cost” of an inmate call from a Federal Prison?
A: 21¢ a minute for in-state and out-of-state phone calls, costing of $3.15 for a 15 minute call.
Q: What’s the monthly cost using the BOP regular system for my prison calls?
A: 300 Minutes at the BOP regular 21¢ minute rate costs $63 per month!
Q: Using Atlantic, what will the cost of a 15 minute Federal Prison call be?
A: A 15 prison call could be as low as 11¢ a minute costing $1.65 per call.
Q: Using Atlantic, what would the monthly cost be for my prison calls?
A: 300 Minutes at the Atlantic 11¢ minute rate would cost $33 per month!
Q: What’s the cost of Atlantic versus BOP regular phone rates based on 3800 yearly minutes?
A: The BOP costs $798 and Atlantic $418.00 a Savings of $380 a year with Atlantic!
Q: Do I need to know the prison my inmate is located at when signing up?
A: Yes, to provide service, we require an inmate’s name, Registration # and exact location.
Q: Does Atlantic Telephone require a contract or a credit check?
A: We do not run any credit checks and you can cancel the service at any time.
Q: What is the monthly charge for an Atlantic local routing number?
A: Numbers cost $1.25 per month plus usage.
Q: Does Atlantic’s inmate phone service violate Federal prison security procedures?
A: Inmate’s calls are routed through the prison’s security monitoring facility, like all other calls.
Q: Is it illegal or against BOP Policy for an inmate to use a service like this?
Atlantic Telephone is not affiliated with VAC the BOP phone provider or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, but is legally able pursuant to a 2013 FCC ruling FCC Docket Number DA 13-1990 provide local call routing service to be used by inmates at correctional institutions.