As soon as a greeting is played, the caller is prompted to press 1 to connect live with that person, 2 to send her a recorded message or 3 to skip this person and listen to the next person's greeting.
Some systems allow you to block a caller by pressing 8 or report a caller to the moderators by pressing 9 (or some other key depending on the system).
Most chatlines offer male callers a 30- to 60-minute free trial.
In an attempt to keep their lines busy, some chatlines—including Livelinks, Red Hot and Quest Chat—give female callers unlimited access to their system; similar to a nightclub which allows free entry to women in order.
Typically the local phone company would bill callers, (who would call the chat lines) and then split the revenue with the owner of the chatlines.
The typical split was 60% for the phone company, 40% for the chat line owner.
Profanity and sexual references are typically not allowed, the chatline moderator's job is to listen and approve every greeting that is recorded.
Once the greeting is recorded, the caller is allowed into the live chat area (or live connector).
Couples may choose to engage in phone sex when the inconvenience of distance makes physical contact inopportune.
Due to the potential for emotional intimacy between those who have engaged in phone sex, it is a matter of some debate whether phone sex is to be considered infidelity when involving a person outside of a committed personal relationship.
Callers dialed a 976/900 phone number and got information about astrology, tarot, lucky numbers, time and temperature and lottery numbers.
In early 1985, telephone chatline numbers for men and women and for gay men flourished.
Telephone Chatlines With Webcams: By 1999, some chatline numbers offered the ability of callers to download videos on their home computers as part of the benefit of becoming a member. In early 2005, some chatlines offered callers the ability to see each other, while talking to each other, via videocams. In 1988, the State of New York, at the height of the AIDS crisis forbade telephone companies from terminating phone chatlines.