A telephone calling card is a type of "credit card" issued by the State's telecommunication vendor that allows users to place local and long distance calls from land phones, including pay phones, and to "charge" the fees related to the call to a pre-determined number. Callers dial an access number to reach a carrier and then use the keypad on the telephone to enter the authorized card number and the assigned Personal Identification Number (PIN). Toll charges are somewhat higher when calls are placed using a calling card.
Telephone calling cards are typically used by state personnel whose duties require that they frequently make calls from locations other than their home office.
BCCS telecommunications services are available to all state agencies, boards, commissions, universities, offices of the Illinois House and Senate, and Constitutional Officers.