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AT&T Offers Collect Calls to Wireless Customers in the U.S.

Press Release posted by Michelle Ruhfass on Tuesday March 31, 2009.

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AT&T* announced that customers can now make collect calls to mobile phones by dialing 1-800-CALL-ATT(1-800-225-5288), to access a new service called AT&T Collect to Wireless. AT&T is the first major telecommunications provider to expand its collect calling services to reach wireless customers in the U.S.

This opportunity is provided through a strategic relationship with 3Cinteractive's Text Collect service. AT&T Collect to Wireless is part of the 1-800-CALL-ATT product suite, which provides customers access to the AT&T network for all alternatively-billed calls, including calling card, credit card and collect calls.

"We are thrilled to offer wireless subscribers the opportunity to receive collect calls," said Susan A. Johnson, AT&T senior vice president of Customer Information Services for AT&T Operations, Inc. "We hope that this affordable service offers consumers peace of mind and the ability to connect with their loved ones, wherever they are."

"The ability to complete calls to mobile phones has been a major challenge for the collect calling industry, and we are very excited to work with AT&T, the company that created the very concept of collect calling," 3Cinteractive CEO John Duffy said.

AT&T Collect to Wireless will be offered to those who dial 1-800-Call-ATT. After choosing the AT&T Collect to Wireless prompt, the caller enters the 10 digit mobile phone number and then speaks his or her name. The two parties can then talk for up to 20 minutes for $9.99. Wireless customers will have the ability to opt out from receiving collect calls. This service is not available from coin phones at this time.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.


Fred @ 3:29:49AM EDT on Wednesday April 1, 2009

This has got to be the worst idea they've come up with in years. We finally retired most of the cramming and slamming and third-party AOS billing scams, and now they're going to allow collect billing to cellphone accounts?

Yet another reason to stick with prepaid.

Keep Achieving, NaShawn Branch @ 12:36:40PM EDT on Monday April 6, 2009

In an ?Always On? culture, do I really want to accept calls from people that can?t even afford to call me? Most friends and family have cell phones or some sort of landline service and call me on their dime. On the surface it sounds like a great idea but under further scrutiny, it left me some questions. With this feature, Can I set my preferences to allow collect calls from specific numbers? What about blocking telephone scammers like prisoners who are incarcerated and use collect call to conduct scams?

Donna @ 10:00:29PM EDT on Sunday May 10, 2009

Can an inmate call me collect? I have At&T

biddyout @ 5:31:46PM EDT on Monday October 12, 2009

I have other wireless service. can collect calls to me from california prisons be made on my cell fone? pls respond to my email address. what are the charges? do you send A SEPERATE BILL? THANKS.

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