Google Voice Free Number for Inmates

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Google Voice Free Number for Inmates

Everyone has heard about Google and its incredible inventions. Some of them can be used in the prison phone industry as well. You can find a lot of rumors about the “free Google Voice phone number for inmates” on the Internet. It supposed to give the ability to call inmates for free. Let’s take a look at Google Voices and find out the truth about this statement.


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How to Use Google Voice for Inmate Calls

Google Voice allows you to register for free and choose any number you want.  Then, the system forwards calls on Google Voice number to an existing number (your number) that can be both a cell phone and a landline. Many people who were looking for cheap inmate calls were trying to “catch” the number with the same area code as the facility.

It sounds great, isn’t it? Well, you would like to find out what happens in real life.

FCC Prison Calls Regulation

Correctional institutions (prisons, jails or halfway houses) typically have specialized, restricted telephone systems used by their inmates, to call family members, friends, etc.  These institutions each have phone calling regulations and rules designed to allow inmates to call permitted phone numbers of family members, friends, under certain conditions controlled by the institution.

In most cases, the cost of these calls is paid by the inmate’s family, out of a commissary or telephone calling account, or the inmate must make collect calls.  Some inmates’ family members and friends have tried to use Google Voice phone numbers located near the institution, to reduce inmate calling costs.

Your inmate’s ability to make calls from the correctional institution is controlled by the institution and their calling rules.  The county jail or their phone system might block the inmate from calling your Google number. Google itself doesn’t block anyone from calling you, but it is impossible to receive collect calls there.

Here is the quote from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, “Inmate Telephone Regulations.”

“Note that Federal and most state prisons prohibit, detect and block inmate phone calls made to forwarded phone numbers, to prevent abusive calls or illegal activity by inmates. Google Voice uses call-forwarding to reach your phone. Violation of these prison regulations can result in loss of inmate calling privileges. Be smart. Don’t do it.”

Now it sounds bad, I think. But don’t worry, in most cases, it just won’t work.


Here are the reasons why Google Voice probably won’t work for prison calls:

  • Google Voice cannot receive collect calls or pay for the calling party’s phone call charges. The money you added to your Google Voice account can only be used by you, the caller, to make international long distance calls;
  • Google is not involved with the correctional institution’s telephone systems or their rules, and it cannot offer any assistance with these calls;
  • GV and VoIP (like Google Voice) cannot receive even standard collect calls from regular non-prison;
  • You still have to deal with the inmate telephone provider (Securus, Global Tel Link, IC Solutions or any similar company).

So, what to do? Is there any other way to avoid expensive rates of the prison phone providers? It is.

PrisonConnect is safer than Google Voice and costs only $4.99/month.

How do PrisonConnect Saves Money for Inmate Calls?

PrisonConnect gives number local to the facility. However, PrisonConnect can’t be blocked. It is illegal because Prison Connect is a registered Telephone Company that is FCC regulated.

Any attempt to block the PrisonConnect Number is prohibited by the FCC and violates FCC regulations and rules

With PrisonConnect you are talking at local rates, so the phone provider won’t be able to charge you at high long-distance rates. You need to send the PrisonConnect number to your inmate and ask him to add this number to his/her list of approved phone numbers. Then, he or she should dial this number, and the call will be redirected to your cell phone.

Assuming the facility does not block PrisonConnect numbers, this is much, much cheaper than the ridiculous fees charged by the prisons. You can save up to $20-$30 per call.

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    6 Comments so far

    Patricia gravesPosted on7:35 pm - Jul 15, 2017

    Hi my name patricia gravez i set up account with you and ic solution it was doing well now it he cant use that numbdr any more what should i do

    belinda waltersPosted on7:02 pm - Aug 31, 2017

    Hi, my name is Belinda Walters and I am trying to find a way that I can talk to my son without it costing so much. You said it was working for you and then stopped. Did they get it fixed so you could talk with your family? I would like to know if it works befor I sign up for it. I hope you can help me and thank you in advance.


      PrisonConnectPosted on9:51 am - Sep 6, 2017

      Hi Belinda!

      Our support helped to fix the problem. You can try our first month for free and find out how it works.

      Best wishes,
      PrisonConnect Team

    Yesenia velaPosted on1:55 pm - Sep 26, 2017

    How do I try this service free for the first month.. My wife is in santa Barbara county jail. I have no money for calls. She’s been down 6 months now. Plz help me . thank you and God Bless


      PrisonConnectPosted on10:02 am - Oct 2, 2017

      Hi Yesenia,

      Our first month is always free. You just need to sign up for the service:
      1. Go to sign-up page
      2. Enter the name of the facility; After typing first few letters you’ll see the drop-menu where you can choose the correct facility;
      Enter your cell phone and email address;
      3. You will receive a notification to contact the support +1 (855) 971-1121
      4. Call the support and receive the Prison Connect number;
      5. You will receive a number local to the facility you chose – that will be your new Prison Connect number, which when dialed will redirect to your cell phone, but the call will be charged at a local rate;
      6. Register the Prison Connect number with the prison phone provider (e.g. GTL, Securus, ICSolutions, PayTel, etc.) and put money on their account so that the inmate can call your Prison Connect number;
      7. Your free month starts the moment you receive your Prison Connect number. When the first billing cycle will come, you’ll be notified through a text message to make the payment of $4,99 for the next month.

      Explicit step-by-step guide on “HOW TO SET UP PRISON CONNECT ACCOUNT“”- just click the link and choose “HOW TO SET UP PRISON CONNECT ACCOUNT” tab.

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