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Videocall, Tell me from your experiences!

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carol82
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Videocall, Tell me from your experiences!

 

 

Hey there, my pp and Me we are getting closer and after writi g long letters via JPay 4 times a week, we had 3 phone calls and now want to set up for a video call. Please let me know of your experiences about that. He told me that he has to send me an application I have to fill out in advance. After that he will set me on his "visitorlist" and then we could probably find a date for a video call. How is that all working? Do I have to be prepared for something I do not know yet? Do you have any kind of tips I have to keep in mind? Please let me know ;-)  thank you and best wishes, Micky

PS: he is in Minnesota, Stillwater

 

 

 

bellabella1
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I just recently had my first video call with one of my PP's. It was great! It's good you have chatted on the phone first and if the conversation flows well on the phone, it will likely flow well on video call. It is so strange at first to see them live and see their facial expressions (especially as they never smile in their photos, or at least mine doesn't!) but it's a great experience and I highly recommend! I would say the first few minutes were awkward with lots of laughing and smiling then once we were used to the 'live viewing', the conversation flowed as normal and I can't wait for the next one. It makes your PP feel more like your friend, just as though you are FaceTiming them. Good luck with your first video call! 

Mica.21
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It is a wonderful experience because as Bellabella1 said it's the first time you see facial expressions :)

One thing that I like to do with two pps especially (the ones who can have lots of video visits) is to have the visit using my phone (GTL app in my case) instead of my laptop, and let him see maybe me in the park or outside and trust me, this is so good cause one thing that happens all the times during visits is they ask me to show them around. What's outside the window, show them some food I cooked, some books (one asked me to show him my bathtub with running water because he misses the feeling of taking a bath after so many years)...but especially they love when you're outside and show them around. It can be done with your phone/iPad if the system they're using is suitable for smartphones..but it is worth it cause they are eager to see something different :)

bellabella1
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Aw Mica I love that idea! I'm definitely going to do that next time. Maybe even sit in my garden for the next video call - such a nice idea. My PP always asks about the food I'm eating that day and what snacks I have, especially with me being from the UK, he's so intrigued to see what different food we have here. 

ST4s
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Damn! That sounds awesome Mica! I wish they had an iPhone app :-(

But yeah, videocalls are the next best thing to being there. My one bud hit the prison barber the day before our first videocall – which kind of floored me. He was all pressed and dressed like a General was coming to review the troops or something. Seeing your bud all snappy like that, or heck, just seeing your bud face to face, in real time – it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

Damn fine haircut too (and yes, haircut envy among guys is a thing).

Carmen163
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Thank you Micky for starting this topic. As I am also in the process of being approved for Zoom visits, I am glad to read all those positive experiences. And what a wonderful idea to take them outside with you! 

carol82
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Thank you all for your answers. This is really just a nice idea@Mica.21- thanks for sharing!! 
I am very ver much looking forward to our call-date and hope it to have very soon. But first I need to be accepted for the visitors list in his facility. Today I filled out the application he sent to me. I have a question concerning the ID's which should be enclosed as a photocopy. It's said that it should be either a driving license or ID card. Then at the bottom of the application there was a field for either "passport#" and three other card ID's I never heard before e.g. " Minnesota Tribal Id Card". Is this optional? Inward a little insecure about this ? I do not have that kinds of IDs, because I live in Germany.... can you help me with this? 
best wishes, Micky

Mica.21
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I'm in Europe as well and the only ID that has been accepted in every institution is the passport. So you can just use that because our ID and driver's license aren't recognized abroad, they need to do a background check when they approve us so the only way for them is the passport. :)

carol82
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Oh thank you!!! And damn, my passport is has expired so I need to get a new one...:-( oh noooooo

Kenya1983
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Hey Mica,im from The Netherlands and have a pp in Illinois,Chicago. 16th of april we have our first videocall. But now i read your story about the pasport "check" .. i only have an ID or driverlisence ..Is it really nescacerry to have an pasport?

Ps. Thank u for your storys here guys. Nice to read the positive vibe about the videocalls and sorry for my bad englisch

Jaseandisa
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Hello,
I have video visit with my man since one year due to covid. I have to fill a form online ( but first you have to be in his visit list). I have to write my ID number, I'm not American but my french id it's enough.
I used my cellphone for visit, we spend them the most of time outdoors, he saw the sea for the first time and the horizon. Now the rules are more strict, we can go outside but we have to stay at the same place,no more walk, we have to wear correct clothes, no smoking, no drinking alcohol and the video is recorded... Anyway it's a very good moment, it's another dimension for one hours he is almost home.

Mica.21
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Is he in Cook County Jail maybe? Because if he is I have a friend there too and I've been doing Skype video visits...now, let's assume he's in Cook County Jail and I'm explain to you what's gonna happen.
You should go to the website of Cook County ( https://inmatelocator.ccsheriff.org/ ) locate your pen pal and click on "request visitation online" and fill in the form for approved visitor. Honestly I didn't send the copy of my passport or even there wasn't an option for an international address but I typed my address and put then Illinois as the state cause it was mandatory to fill that space but I did write my country of residence and full address so they know I'm abroad. Then send and wait, I received an email of confirmation and also a Sargent called me to approve me.

Then, the day of the Skype visit an officer is gonna call you beforehand to confirm your Skype account/number details and tell you the time of the visit....

Try and use your ID and specify you're in the Netherlands on that form...from what I experienced Cook County Jail is not very strict so it should be fine... :)

All that assuming he's in Cook County, if he's not well at least this might be useful for somebody else :)

Mica.21
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Kenya, the last message was for you :)