Adult chat lines (phone sex) and tech support are a very common use of premium-rate numbers.
Other services include directory enquiries, weather forecasts, competitions and voting (especially relating to television shows).
Not sure if this is the right forum - this might end up being more IMHO. Seems like it's going to be all dudes, or something, based on how they advertise (generally women in bikinis, from what I see here in Cleveland). Is that not why we have bars (and/or the internet)?
I'm married and have no inclination to actually call one of these "party lines" or "chat lines", but I've always sort of wondered - these late-night chat lines must be profitable or else they wouldn't buy up all the advertising after 11PM. The only one which seemed remotely likely to accomplish its purpose was one for a gay chat line, where presumably everybody knows exactly what to expect. It's often called a "poor man's Internet." Some of these chat line like on Talkee Free Chat Lines ( Are free, well in the sense if you have free long distance. I know Northern Illinois University shooter Steve Kazmierczak picked up both women and at least one man off Craigslist, before he went on the shooting rampage, just for sex.
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