How to make a collect call

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Collect calls are ideal for when you're stranded and out of change ... or for when you just don't want to pay for your own phone calls.

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  1. 1

    Pick up the receiver, listen for the dial tone, then dial "0" followed by the area code and phone number of the person or place you are trying to reach.

  2. 2

    Listen for a tone followed by recorded instructions about making a collect call.

  3. 3

    Speak your name when prompted.

  4. 4

    Alternatively, talk to an operator. Pick up the receiver, dial "0," then inform the operator that you would like to place a collect call. Follow his or her instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the area code even if the call is local.
  • Some phone companies offer alternatives to dialing "0" to make a collect call.

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