Yes, you still pay for the call to the phone carrier that has the contract at the jail/prison. InmateAid is not a replacement for their service, we just make the calls cheaper with a better number. Our fee covers the phone line rental and the long distance minutes. You are still paying for the local call. In most cases, the local call is 1/4 of the cost of the call, the long distance portion is 3/4 of the cost.