Many of us have a negative image of 900 numbers. This isn't
surprising, because of the high level of publicity for certain services commonly
associated with these numbers. However, you may be pleasantly surprised at the many 900
number gold nuggets out there. Here are some examples of services you can use by calling a
DateLine (ad heading: Are you ready for Love?) Guys and
Gals can leave and retrieve messages any time of the day or night. This is cool because
they ask for your area code and direct your call to recordings of available people who are
in your area.
Internet Secrets (ad heading: World Wide Web Secrets) You can call and
access all sorts of tips and tricks to maximize your time on line. You can find web
addresses of thousands of dollars in free software and shareware, learn how to take
control of another computer over the Internet and even find out how to watch TV programs
from all over the world.
Live Chat (ad heading: Women to talk with you LIVE) Guys can call and
talk to beautiful women any time of the day or night. They'll talk about sports, movies,
travel or anything else guys like to talk about. I spoke to one of them. She was nice!!!
Sports/Entertainment (ad heading: Sports Fan? and Daily Horoscopes!)
You can call and get the latest sports point spreads, scores, and trivia games with an
expanded menu including financial markets, stock quotes, daily horoscope, soap opera
updates, sports picks, and movie reviews...any time of the day and night.
Confessions (ad heading: BOLD! DARING! Real Confessions!) 24 hour
recorded confessions line where people can call and record their own confessions or listen
to others prerecorded confessions and can even leave advise for others.
In addition, you can find 900 numbers for weather and other information services. Why a
900 number? A 900 number eliminates the hassle involved in other methods of purchasing
these same services. It also allows you to pay only for what you use.
While it's true some 900 numbers are fronts for rip-offs, this is certainly not true of
most 900-based services. Here are things to look for, so you know you are dealing with a
reputable firm behind that number:
- A title that clearly identifies the service. If it's vague, the firm may be trying to
- A title that doesn't promise undeliverable goods, such as how to hide from the IRS or
how to make $125,000 in six weeks.
- An exact price per minute, without other charges added.
- An age requirement. This has no reflection on the content, but is for the protection of
the person paying the phone bill.
You should also be aware that many "toll-free" scams exist. You call, and you
give them your credit card number. Without the security provided by something like, for
example, Internet e-commerce, this is like writing a blank check. Another scam is where
they forward your call to a phone in Africa that charges you back for the call. While you
think you aren't paying a thing, you are racking up very high charges. A 900 number
prevents these kinds of problems. This is good news whether you are the caller or a
business looking at some way to administer an information service.
Here are the 900 numbers that go with the examples given earlier in this article: