Both male and female callers dial in and through a common access number.As soon as a caller is connected into the system, he is prompted to record his name and a brief greeting describing himself and what he is looking for.The phone systems will usually allow users hear a chatline greeting example so the caller can get an idea of what he is expected to say.
A live caller is given the option hear other member's mailboxes, where they can leave a recorded message to be retrieved by the mailbox owner next time he connects to the system.
Many people confuse phone chat lines with adult hotlines or phone sex lines, so it is worth it to clarify the difference.
Unlike phone sex lines, the users on a chatline are not professionals phone sex operators (PSOs).
Once the greeting is recorded, the caller is allowed into the live chat area (or live connector).
The live connector is where live callers are introduced to other callers greetings, one by one.
The caller has the option to listen only to local callers, or to everyone who is live on the system.
As soon as a greeting is played, the caller is prompted to press 1 to connect live with that person, 2 to send her a recorded message or 3 to skip this person and listen to the next person's greeting.
Some systems allow you to block a caller by pressing 8 or report a caller to the moderatos by pressing 9 (or some other key depending on the system).
Most chatlines offer male callers a 30 to 60 minute free trial.
In an attempt to keep their lines busy, some chatlines -- including Livelinks, Red Hot and Quest Chat -- give female callers unlimited access to their system; similar to a nightclub which allows free entry to women in order to attract more male patrons.
Some chatlines offer its members a persistent mailbox they can use to receive messages from users even when they are offline.