When the Internet got relatively mature, sale of any sexual service not involving a minor could be made to anyone not a minor.
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.
Artist Simon Beck turned the home of the Minnesota Twins into a wintry work of art as part of The Great Northern, a series of winter events in the Twin Cities.
At least six people were killed and 76 missing following a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast that caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously.
The telephone companies would provide billing services for chat line companies.
Typically the telephone companies would bill callers to chat lines and then remit 45% of the money collected to chat line operators.
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.
At that time independent phone sex was more dangerous, as Lee's movie portrays.
With the progress of technology it became more practical, convenient, and economical for providers to work out of their homes.
Unused minutes were rarely usable on a second call.