Adult phone chat lines
Bentz founded a company called Advanced Telecom Services to assist 900 number entrepreneurs, and soon he’d helped launch phone lines that look like a preview of today’s most popular websites.
“We would raise their rates every quarter,” says Bentz.An entirely new information economy opened up overnight, and the first 900 number entrepreneurs struck gold..In 1987, Bentz was working in TV advertising at a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut.There was no Internet to speak of, so if you were a Florida Gators alum living in Salt Lake City, and you wanted to hear interviews with coaches and the latest recruiting news, you could call the Eventually ATS was running hotlines for 65 Division I college football teams, 20 NFL teams, and a handful of MLB and NBA teams.The numbers were run by local sports reporters who supplemented their income by contributing to the lines. People looking for a date would call a 900 number, listen to a voice recording of someone whose description they read in the newspaper, and then leave them a message.Some numbers were kind of like subreddits of the late 1980s and early 1990s, where people with a common interest could get updates.
ATS had a guitar tuning hotline (“Dial an A”), a mortgage calculator hotline, an insomnia hotline that played music to help you fall asleep (“The only problem was the bill the next morning,” says Bentz), and a hotline for drum and bugle corps competitors to learn their results.
” during that April 1982 episode, Murphy petitioned the audience to call in, even telling Larry the Lobster’s life story.
By the end of the show, almost 500,000 people had placed calls.
But instead of offering it for free alongside poorly-performing ads, 900 numbers supported content creators.
A typical call cost $1.99 for the first minute, and 99 cents for each additional minute.
The average call length was three and a half minutes.