Premium-rate telephone numbers are telephone numbers for telephone calls during which certain services are provided, and for which prices higher than normally are charged. Unlike a normal call, part of the call charge is paid to the service provider, thus enabling businesses to be funded via the calls. While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used. These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers. Telephone companies typically offer blocking services to allow telephone customers to prevent access to these number ranges from their telephones. In some jurisdictions, telephone comp

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  • Premium-rate telephone numbers are telephone numbers for telephone calls during which certain services are provided, and for which prices higher than normally are charged. Unlike a normal call, part of the call charge is paid to the service provider, thus enabling businesses to be funded via the calls. While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used. These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers. Telephone companies typically offer blocking services to allow telephone customers to prevent access to these number ranges from their telephones. In some jurisdictions, telephone companies are required by law to offer such blocking. Adult chat lines (phone sex) and tech support are a very common use of premium-rate numbers. Other services include directory enquiries, weather forecasts, competitions and voting (especially relating to television shows). Diplomatic services, such as the US embassy in London or the UK Embassy in Washington, have also charged premium rates for calls from the general public. In many European countries, for example France, Germany and the United Kingdom, it is common for organisations to operate customer service lines on premium-rate numbers using prefixes that fall outside the scope of the country's premium-rate number regulations. Therefore, in contrast to North America where customer service numbers are typically free of charge to the caller, consumers in Europe often pay a premium above the cost of a normal telephone call. Computer criminals have used premium-rate numbers to defraud unsuspecting Internet users. One scheme involved inducing users to download a program known as a dialer that surreptitiously dialed a premium-rate number, accumulating charges on the user's phone bill without their knowledge. Another now-uncommon premium-rate scam involves television programming that induces young children to dial the number, banking on the notion that they will be unaware of the charges that will be incurred. One variant, targeted at children too young to dial a number, enticed children to hold the phone up to the television set while the DTMF tones of the number were played. This type of scam was especially popular in the late '80s to early '90s in the United States before tougher regulations on the 900 number business forced many of these businesses to close. (en)
  • Аудиотекс (от англ. "audio tax") — платные информационно-справочные, развлекательные или игровые услуги, предоставляемые в интерактивном режиме с использованием специального оборудования. Большинство таких сервисов полностью автоматизировано, однако есть и такие, которые предусматривают живое общение оператора с клиентом. Счёт за оказанную услугу включается в счёт за услуги связи оператора. Наиболее популярны разнообразные розыгрыши и интерактивные игры, голосования, гадания и гороскопы, рассказы для взрослых в записи и общения с оператором (голосовой чат). Стоимость звонков на номера аудиотекса, как правило, значительно превышает стоимость обычных междугородних звонков, иногда в десятки раз. Коды набора в разных странах отличаются. В большинстве государств платные линии находятся в коде 900 (порядок набора 0-900-XXX-XX-XX, 0-900-XXX-XXX или 8-900-XXX-XX-XX), дополнительно также могут использоваться коды 602, 703 и 809. Платные телефонные линии могут применяться для мошеннических действий. Такие номера могут указывать в объявлениях о продаже или трудоустройстве с выгодными условиями или в интерактивных телевикторинах с заведомо лёгкими вопросами. При этом реальные условия оказания услуги пишутся мелким шрифтом или скрываются от пользователя иным способом. (ru)
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  • Premium-rate telephone numbers are telephone numbers for telephone calls during which certain services are provided, and for which prices higher than normally are charged. Unlike a normal call, part of the call charge is paid to the service provider, thus enabling businesses to be funded via the calls. While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used. These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers. Telephone companies typically offer blocking services to allow telephone customers to prevent access to these number ranges from their telephones. In some jurisdictions, telephone comp (en)
  • Аудиотекс (от англ. "audio tax") — платные информационно-справочные, развлекательные или игровые услуги, предоставляемые в интерактивном режиме с использованием специального оборудования. Большинство таких сервисов полностью автоматизировано, однако есть и такие, которые предусматривают живое общение оператора с клиентом. Счёт за оказанную услугу включается в счёт за услуги связи оператора. Наиболее популярны разнообразные розыгрыши и интерактивные игры, голосования, гадания и гороскопы, рассказы для взрослых в записи и общения с оператором (голосовой чат). (ru)
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