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.
s during which certain services are provided, and for which prices higher than normal 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.
However, by 1980, the 900 area code was completely restructured by AT&T to be the premium-rate special area code which it remains today.
Earlier, 976 numbers used 976 as a local prefix, though it was not assigned to a specific " type of 1-900 number may charge $2.99 for the first minute and 99 cents for each additional minute.
Due to complaints from parent groups about kids not knowing the dangers of such calls, such commercials ceased to air on television during the mid-1990s 900 numbers used for adult entertainment lines was a prevalent practice in the early years of the industry.
This practice continues, along with the use of these numbers for things such as software technical support, banking access, and stock tips.
In some states, telephone companies are required by state law to offer such blocking.
In the (originally known as ICSTIS, the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services) to ensure certain community standards are adhered to both in terms of content and price.
Adult entertainment 900 numbers have been largely absent from AT&T and MCI since 1991 (except for a short time in 2000 when AT&T "looked the other way" in regards to adult services); the industry still suffers from the stigma attached to the early days of the industry when television had an onslaught of late-night television commercials with girls in hot tubs.