A collect call
in the USA and Canada or reverse charge call
in the UK and other countries (or calling collect
) is a telephone call
in which the calling party
wants to place a call at the called party
's expense. In the past, collect calls were only possible as an operator-assisted
call, but with the introduction of computer
dialing equipment, it is now possible to place a collect call without using an operator
, which is called International Freephone Service
(IFS) as opposed to Home Country Direct
(HCD). Several companies offer services to place collect calls that compete with local service providers. When the operator's number is globally unique, i.e. it does not depend on the caller's country, it is called Universal International Freephone Number
More collect calls are made on Father's Day than any other day.
Other forms of paid communication, such as telegrams and mail, could also be sent "collect".