Big platforms as of 2016 are Niteflirt, Talkto Me, and My Phone Site; the latter also includes provision by which a manager, with the consent of the providers, could have a virtual shop with many providers under them. Customers had a variety of payment options, and pages of providers to choose from, sometimes with voice samples available.
In concept they have a lot in common with platforms such as Ebay: the seller provides the picture(s), description, and sets the price, a percentage of which is kept by the platform.
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.
Nevertheless, phone sex should not be confused with prostitution wherein money is exchanged for real life sexual services or physical interaction.
The telephone companies would provide billing services for chat line companies.
By the end of the 1980s, nearly all of the major local phone companies in the United States, plus the major long distance carriers, were actively involved in the adult chat line business.The telephone companies placed the chat line charges on a customer's local phone bill.If a customer disputed a charge, the telephone company would usually “forgive” the charge but block the caller from calling any other chat lines.Leonard herself was surprised at the success of these numbers.Originally phone sex services consisted of a managed network of dispatchers (live or automated) and erotic performers.The editor of High Society magazine, Gloria Leonard, is credited with being one of the first people to use "976 numbers", then "900 numbers" for promotional purposes and soon as a revenue stream in the adult industry.Leonard recorded her own voice informing callers of the contents of the next issue of High Society magazine before its publication.is a great new service which basically allows you to create your own chatbot for free.Typically, people have a wrong notion that creating and managing a chatbot is a difficult and involves complex programming.Later she recorded others such as Annie Sprinkle "talking sexy".Leonard convinced magazine owner Carl Ruderman to purchase more of these numbers and the business began to be successful using the magazine to promote the service.