Collect call

telephone call at the called party's expense

A collect call, also called a "reverse charge call", is a type of telephone call. Usually, when a telephone call is made, the person who makes the call pays for the call, rather than the person who receives the call at the other end. In a collect call, though, the person making the call wants the person they are calling to pay for the call instead.

In the past, these kinds of calls could only be done with a operator, who would need to ask the person receiving the call if they want to be charged for it. If the person receiving it does not want to be charged, the call cannot go through. Today, computers have made it possible to make or receive collect calls without talking to a person.

Collect calls used to be made a lot using payphones, but they are becoming less used since mobile phones and VoIP technology has come around and made long-distance calls cheaper to make.

It has been found out that the day of the year in which the most collect calls are made is Father's Day,[1][2] even though the day when the most phone calls are made altogether is Mother's Day.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "We Love You: Call Collect". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. Gogoi, Pallavi. "Father's Unspectacular Day." BusinessWeek. 14 June 2005.
  3. The Book of Useless Information, Noel Botham, 2002, Perigee, ISBN 0-399-53269-2, ISBN 978-0-399-53269-6
  4. 500 Mostly Useless Facts djtech.net