The foreign telco's actual cost of handling the call is minimal, since it is carried literally a few meters within the same building. [No reference to any actual company is intended nor should be inferred.] You pick up your phone and dial a telesleaze number in the Republic of Hypothetica.You will be billed by Fictional for that call at the rate they charge for calls to Hypothetica, and that is the entire extent of your involvement in the billing process — what you pay is determined entirely and exclusively by Fictional.In the case of "telesleaze" numbers, the service operator will often place its equipment at the location where inbound international calls enter the country.
(See the paragraph about Tuvalu below.) The days when you could hardly sit through a half-hour sitcom without an ad for "Ten-Ten-Blah Blah Blah" long distance are gone, and so, too, are the days when you could hardly open a freebie newspaper without seeing dozens of ads for adult chat lines supposedly in countries you've never heard of. are familiar with 900 and 976 numbers, as well as other prefixes that are used in some areas.By "Telesleaze" I refer primarily to sexually oriented telephone lines, but also other services where the service operator receives revenue from each call. Other countries have prefixes such as 08 (and several others) in the U. All of those prefixes are for domestic use only, and are subject to laws and regulations that may restrict content and/or offer consumer protections such as a requirement that the cost of the call be clearly identified during an initial period that allows the customer to hang up without charge. dials a number in another country, a portion of the cost of the call goes to the telephone company in the other country, to pay for the cost of completing that leg of the call.The last update to the listings on this page was on 2000‑12‑30 — almost a full decade ago at this writing (2010‑11‑22).The primary reason for the lack of updates is that the phenomenon of international telesleaze numbers has largely faded away.In order to bypass the regulations imposed by various countries, some operators have moved their phone lines to certain friendly countries in areas including the Caribbean, Africa, and the former Soviet Union — and such infamous "third-world banana republics" as the United Kingdom and Sweden. In many cases, these "settlements" are substantial, often exceeding the cost of the international call carriage itself.