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jparkside
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Try using the coupon code "bird" when you send the photo, that should make sure you don't have to pay for them.

jparkside
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Ahh I see, I thought your inmate might have been in federal prison, sounds like he might be in a State facility. Telepigeon is working on a product for state facilities as well, perhaps this would be of help to you when it is released.

jparkside
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Telepigeon works by allowing your inmate to make local calls instead of long distance calls. Although he still has to dial out on the prison phone system his call will be cheaper of he has a number that is local to the prison to reach you on rather than your existing number that most likely is long distance. Federal inmates get about 300 minutes to talk and that will cost them around $70 dollars, with Telepigeon those same 300 minutes will only cost your inmate $18 dollars because he can call you on a local number.

jparkside
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All the prints are 4x6 high gloss pics, just like what you would get at a CVS or Walgreens. They have a special going on right now that removes the watermark from the all free pics, so you should be good to go.

Is your inmate in federal prison or state?

jparkside
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I won't be using fotopigeon. I just tried it. It wanted to charge my man, $10 for 5, altho it says five a week free. So I canceled out. That's BS

Hello Jennah it wont charge your man $10, the $10 you saw was the $10 of free credit that they gave your inmate. Try it again and you will see, you will be able to send 20 photos free.

Jennah
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The city next to the prison - still long distance at the $3.45 rate? The way I'm reading it you STILL don't have a number. So you're paying for the CHANCE to get a number? I'd be sitting at the computer on Google voice as if it was a one armed bandit trying to get a number, lol. It SUCKS. Good luck though.

Yes city next to the prison is 3.45$ No, I'm not paying for a 'chance'. I don't pay anything unless I want too. I send him money via western union online if I can so he can call me, and add money to his email account. Then I call Telepigeon as often as I want and just check to see if they have a local number available. It's still no at this point. But if I called tomorrow and they had one. I'd then pay 9.99 and get a local number, and unlimited time. Yes he'd still have to pay for his calls. But it'd only cost him 90-99cents per 15mn then. Instead of 3.45$ for 15mn. The number connects to my cell phone number. I do check google voice often for a local number too. From what I'm understanding. The prison has its own little community there and owns the phone company or some crap. So they only release numbers randomly. Telepigeon lady who answered the phone said she'd tell her manager so they could request numbers from the prison itself. Frankly I don't care how much I have to spend to talk to my man. Even if that requires giving him the money to call with. Inmates are paid crap, money doesn't stretch far inside. But of course, everyone on this forum knows that.

Jennah
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How much was that? I've use Wal Mart online so they deliver straight to my house. .09 each photo.

it was $10 for printing the photos and mailing them. They didn't charge him though. What they explained to me this morning was. They give a 'credit' to each inmate. Then run specials. Like this mth because of the holiday. You can send in 20 pic's per day. If you send in more. you have to pay. So it'll say $10.00 and then -$10.00 for the fee, and you owe 0.00. So he got charged nothing, and I got charged nothing. Least right now. Thanks for the info about walmart online scarab03. I'll be sure to look into that too.

Jennah
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Well I just sent 20 photo's through fotopigeon... kinda nervous about it. If it back fires on me and charges him im gonna be so embarrassed and upset. :unsure:

Jennah
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I called Telepigeon/fotopigeon today. The lady told me that the 500mn shared free, is for the inmate to use between each of his friends/family. 500 total between them all free. It's a holiday deal their doing for TG and Xmas. But if you pay the 9.99 you are given a local number, and unlimited minutes. The inmate is then charged 6 cents per minute, instead of 23 cents per minute like the prison charges. I thought that was 21 cents? Anyways. She and another person said they'd contact their manager and let them know their in need of numbers for R's prison. So hopefully we'll get a lucky break soon. I also asked about fotopigeon. Sounds like great company. I'm happy people such as us and the inmates have them to fall back on for help.

Jennah
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Met While Incarcerated. Us crazy ladies chatting together. I still don't get how Telepigeon is suppose to work. How can they make calls cheaper? I mean when your man als out he will have to call out using the prisons system. I really don't get how it's supposed to work.

When it comes to your pictures: you have to resize them. You can do that with paint but it tends to ruin the quality. You could resize them with Gimp. Then you can print them out no problem. If they have weird dimension they are likely to be cut off somehow when printed. I doubt that Fotopigeon will resize them. The machines to print out photos here don't do that, I suppose the ones at wal mart on't either so you'll have to do it beforehand.

I can resize them at walmart and save them resized that way. I normally print them off there anyways. Thanks for the info.

Jennah
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Met While Incarcerated. Us crazy ladies chatting together. I still don't get how Telepigeon is suppose to work. How can they make calls cheaper? I mean when your man als out he will have to call out using the prisons system. I really don't get how it's supposed to work.

When it comes to your pictures: you have to resize them. You can do that with paint but it tends to ruin the quality. You could resize them with Gimp. Then you can print them out no problem. If they have weird dimension they are likely to be cut off somehow when printed. I doubt that Fotopigeon will resize them. The machines to print out photos here don't do that, I suppose the ones at wal mart on't either so you'll have to do it beforehand.

Gipsy, he has a set place he calls from. Just like any phone out there (Landline). If its a local number he calls it will cost him 99 cents for a 15mn call. I'm long distance. So right now he's paying 3.45 for 15mn. If this company can find me a local number for where he is, and he calls it. It will ring my original cell phone. But it will cost him 99 cents. So he'll pay 90 cents everytime he calls me. And I'll end up paying the $9.99 for unlimied minutes I'm sure. That 500mn shared looks fishy too me. I'd not want him to call me and no minutes on there cause their shared with lord knows who. I'll ask for more info in the morning and let you know more indepth of how it works, hopefully. Thank you for the MWI info. See ya over there. :)

Jennah
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Ahh I see, I thought your inmate might have been in federal prison, sounds like he might be in a State facility. Telepigeon is working on a product for state facilities as well, perhaps this would be of help to you when it is released.

the site says Federal Prison. They contacted him personally in his email. I also called them, their already serving inmates in his facility.

Jennah
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Telepigeon works by allowing your inmate to make local calls instead of long distance calls. Although he still has to dial out on the prison phone system his call will be cheaper of he has a number that is local to the prison to reach you on rather than your existing number that most likely is long distance. Federal inmates get about 300 minutes to talk and that will cost them around $70 dollars, with Telepigeon those same 300 minutes will only cost your inmate $18 dollars because he can call you on a local number.

jparkside - Do you use the system? I have to call in the morning and see if they have any numbers come up. They told me to call back as often as I want. So I call 2-4x's a day. LoL Told them I'm gonna drive them nuts. They said You're welcome to do so. haha

Jennah
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Hello Jennah it wont charge your man $10, the $10 you saw was the $10 of free credit that they gave your inmate. Try it again and you will see, you will be able to send 20 photos free.

Ok, thank you. I'll look into it again. The pictures I want to send are 4x6. I tried printing them off at my computer and it cuts them off, or forces a 8x11 full sheet of paper. Their selfies I took with a cell phone.. thats ridiculous. I figured try it and see, instead of going to wal-mart. What exactly do the pics they send look like? printed paper? actual pictures? How bad is this water mark I seen mentioned above?
Thanks, Jennah

Jennah
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Which prison is this again?

FCI Pekin IL

Jennah
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I still don't get it. Or is it just because where ma my man is they use telmate and there is no wa around them.
So the pictures ok. But the phone calls would not work as he'd have to pay telmate no matter what.

Yeah, R, gets paid a small amount monthly. Then they force him to use a system to call out. Which isn't bad if you can get a local number. He can call my cell number for 21 cents per min (3.45$) for 15mn. He's stressing out because, we're together and he wants to talk to me as much as he can. 90 cents for 15mn would help a lot. I send him money when I can so he doesn't have to pay for them all. After all, it's part my bill as well. Only fair. I don't know about telmate. He can't make collect calls though, and even if I pay for any kind of service. R. Will still have to pay for his calls too me. Just 0.90$ instead of 3.49$. I hope what I'm saying is making sense.

Gipsy, what exactly,is this MWI thread I've been seeing?

Jennah
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If you're willing to pay the 9 something a month why dont you just put that toward his phone account so he can call you or let him do collect calls?

I have been sending him money :) to pay for emails and our phone calls. R.'s prison doesn't allow collect calls.

Jennah
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Who handles the prison phones? Google voice is free. Also a magicjack lets you pick your number and Vonage might. Then you're not paying some service just to have a local number. Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect that your 100 "free" minutes allows you to be able to use that number. You're still going to foot the bill for the cost of the call even if it is local. There are other ways to get a local number. Even a business set up with VOIP would probably be cheaper because you could get a number for your "business" in that area. I think the guys who have these companies make money off of the people who don't have people as resourceful as us. :)

According to telepigeon 1 local number, and 500mn shared is free on the site. you can pay for just 100mn , or pay for unlimited mn the plans are mthly. See the issue is he has to pay for his calls out, each call being 15mn. Local fee for him is 90 cents for 15mn. Long distance is $3.45 for 15mn. So I'd rather get a number that is local to help him not spend all his money on phone calls. I've tried AT&T, and Vonage. Theres no numbers available for where he is, except a city right next to the prison. Which is still long distance to him. So, I called Telepigeon and they said they don't have a number yet for where he is, but they roll in and out on a daily basis. To call back. Magic Jack is $60 for a year, but there is no guarantee they will have a number. Seeing as Google Voice, Skype, Vonage, At&t neither one have numbers. He suggested tonight that I call and tell them my address is the same as his, for my prepaid phone I have. I have awhile yet to figure it out. But I might just try that. Till then I'll keep calling Telepigeon LoL . Even if I have to pay the 9.99 per mth, for a local number, he'd still be putting out less money then me, or he is now.

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Jennah
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I won't be using fotopigeon. I just tried it. It wanted to charge my man, $10 for 5, altho it says five a week free. So I canceled out. That's BS

scarab03
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Well I just sent 20 photo's through fotopigeon... kinda nervous about it. If it back fires on me and charges him im gonna be so embarrassed and upset. :unsure:

How much was that? I've use Wal Mart online so they deliver straight to my house. .09 each photo.

scarab03
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there is a option at wal mart and on your printer option (normally). You will have to go into your printer settings not from the program you are printing. There should be an option that says quick settings and it will give you a list of options. Choose print photo then you should see other options for sizes and qualities.

When printing from Wal-Mart, print full photo which will be 4x6 or true digital (true digital will ensure your head will not be chopped off)
Hope this helps.

scarab03
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I have been sending him money :) to pay for emails and our phone calls. R.'s prison doesn't allow collect calls.

Which prison is this again?

scarab03
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[QUOTE=Jennah;1158013]According to telepigeon 1 local number, and 500mn shared is free on the site. you can pay for just 100mn , or pay for unlimited mn the plans are mthly. See the issue is he has to pay for his calls out, each call being 15mn. Local fee for him is 90 cents for 15mn. Long distance is $3.45 for 15mn. So I'd rather get a number that is local to help him not spend all his money on phone calls. I've tried AT&T, and Vonage. Theres no numbers available for where he is, except a city right next to the prison. Which is still long distance to him. So, I called Telepigeon and they said they don't have a number yet for where he is, but they roll in and out on a daily basis. To call back. Magic Jack is $60 for a year, but there is no guarantee they will have a number. Seeing as Google Voice, Skype, Vonage, At&t neither one have numbers. He suggested tonight that I call and tell them my address is the same as his, for my prepaid phone I have. I have awhile yet to figure it out. But I might just try that. Till then I'll keep calling Telepigeon LoL . Even if I have to pay the 9.99 per mth, for a local number, he'd still be putting out less money then me, or he is now.

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If you're willing to pay the 9 something a month why dont you just put that toward his phone account so he can call you or let him do collect calls?

Gipsy
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Gipsy, what exactly,is this MWI thread I've been seeing?

Met While Incarcerated. Us crazy ladies chatting together. I still don't get how Telepigeon is suppose to work. How can they make calls cheaper? I mean when your man als out he will have to call out using the prisons system. I really don't get how it's supposed to work.

When it comes to your pictures: you have to resize them. You can do that with paint but it tends to ruin the quality. You could resize them with Gimp. Then you can print them out no problem. If they have weird dimension they are likely to be cut off somehow when printed. I doubt that Fotopigeon will resize them. The machines to print out photos here don't do that, I suppose the ones at wal mart on't either so you'll have to do it beforehand.

Gipsy
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I still don't get it. Or is it just because where ma my man is they use telmate and there is no wa around them.
So the pictures ok. But the phone calls would not work as he'd have to pay telmate no matter what.

Gipsy
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How can it give them free minutes? That's confusing me.

RebelUSA
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I use fotopigeon all the time to send pictures but have never use them for phone numbers? They have always been great for pictures and my guys get them within 3 days of shipping, I've been using them for a few years now :)

wasdroger
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Am I the only one that can't send free pictures with fotopigeon? There ad says 5 free each week, but I never got those. I contacted a couple of times by email since I am in Europe but they claim I have to call??

vikynga
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wasdroger I'm from Europe and today I was talking through e-mail with fotopigeon... I sent yesterday an e-mail through the website and the girl from Fotopigeon contected me through my e-mail... They say, they don't have more that promotion of 5 pics for free every week... They say the following... "Each new sign up receives $2.50 in free credits. We no longer run a weekly free credit promotion. If the inmate does not have enough credits to cover the order then you will be asked for payment. Photos are 50 cents each, shipping included"... FYI... My question is... How long it takes for a picture arrive to our men??.... Anyone knows???? thanks

vikynga
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Karleep... Las Vegas... Is one of the places I want to visit someday in the US.. In fact I don't beleive on marriage but If I ever get married, will be in Las Vegas with some harleys and a cadillac and Elvis Presley and his "love me tender" ... :))) That is my type of marriage.. Funny and a bit crazy!!!!... I LOVE custom bikes, oldies cars and all the pinup style.. :)))) PS.: Just a lil note because I saw that you're from there :))) thanks again!

vikynga
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When you enter your address originally, it says that it asks for it because most prisons require a return address. So yes, I am pretty sure that your return address in on there.

Thanks...I was not sure and I was "afraid" they don't... Thanks again :)))

vikynga
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Anyone knows if "fotopigeon" puts your info on the envelope like the return address?? I mean, when you log in fotopigeon, you write over there your info, (e-mail&address), fotopigeon gets your address from there and write it on the envelope or not?? I was wonder this because some prisons do not allow letters without the return address.... Anyone knows this answer'? thanks in advance!!!

DanPal
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Maybe the paying customers foot the bill. Some people will want to send more than 5 pictures per week and be able to remove the Fotopigeon watermark from the photos they send. At 50 cents per picture you can send 10 for 5 dollars for instance, so it's still a fair price, I think, and some people won't mind doing that.

I don't know if this is how they keep the service going; I'm just guessing.

Oops, sorry, now I see you were wondering about the minutes, Gipsy, I was thinking about the photos ;)

DanPal
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I'm loving Flikshop right now, but I'm definitely going to try Fotopigeon too.

karleep
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When you enter your address originally, it says that it asks for it because most prisons require a return address. So yes, I am pretty sure that your return address in on there.

YMIHere
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[QUOTE=Jennah;1158013]According to telepigeon 1 local number, and 500mn shared is free on the site. you can pay for just 100mn , or pay for unlimited mn the plans are mthly. See the issue is he has to pay for his calls out, each call being 15mn. Local fee for him is 90 cents for 15mn. Long distance is $3.45 for 15mn. So I'd rather get a number that is local to help him not spend all his money on phone calls. I've tried AT&T, and Vonage. Theres no numbers available for where he is, except a city right next to the prison. Which is still long distance to him. So, I called Telepigeon and they said they don't have a number yet for where he is, but they roll in and out on a daily basis. To call back. Magic Jack is $60 for a year, but there is no guarantee they will have a number. Seeing as Google Voice, Skype, Vonage, At&t neither one have numbers. He suggested tonight that I call and tell them my address is the same as his, for my prepaid phone I have. I have awhile yet to figure it out. But I might just try that. Till then I'll keep calling Telepigeon LoL . Even if I have to pay the 9.99 per mth, for a local number, he'd still be putting out less money then me, or he is now.

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The city next to the prison - still long distance at the $3.45 rate? The way I'm reading it you STILL don't have a number. So you're paying for the CHANCE to get a number? I'd be sitting at the computer on Google voice as if it was a one armed bandit trying to get a number, lol. It SUCKS. Good luck though.

YMIHere
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I've been having issues finding local numbers to set up. Well, my guy, emailed me last night telling me that this company emailed him. offering their services to his loved ones. He gave me the information. I just wondered if anyone has heard of or used the services? want to make sure their legit. They offer 1 local number + 500mn for free , or 4.99 for 1 local number 100mn, or 9.99 for one local number for 9.99. They also have a connected site for sending 5 pics free through them, or more for a standard fee.

https://www.telepigeon.com
https://www.fotopigeon.com
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Who handles the prison phones? Google voice is free. Also a magicjack lets you pick your number and Vonage might. Then you're not paying some service just to have a local number. Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect that your 100 "free" minutes allows you to be able to use that number. You're still going to foot the bill for the cost of the call even if it is local. There are other ways to get a local number. Even a business set up with VOIP would probably be cheaper because you could get a number for your "business" in that area. I think the guys who have these companies make money off of the people who don't have people as resourceful as us. :)

Jennah
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Telepigeon , fotopigeon, Pigeonly

I've been having issues finding local numbers to set up. Well, my guy, emailed me last night telling me that this company emailed him. offering their services to his loved ones. He gave me the information. I just wondered if anyone has heard of or used the services? want to make sure their legit. They offer 1 local number + 500mn for free , or 4.99 for 1 local number 100mn, or 9.99 for one local number for 9.99. They also have a connected site for sending 5 pics free through them, or more for a standard fee.

https://www.telepigeon.com
https://www.fotopigeon.com
PIGEONLY | Connecting Inmates to Society

Edited by: Jennah on Apr 6 2015 - 3:07pm Reason: Imported from old database.