Retail Public Access Lines (PAL) - V19.0
NOTE: Smart PAL service is grandfathered effective August 19, 2015 and is no longer available as a new service effective in all CenturyLink QC states.
Retail Public Access Line (PAL) service is a fully finished end-to-end service tariff rated for use with pay telephone equipment provided to Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephone (COCOT) customers, Independent Payphone Providers (IPPs), and Payphone Service Providers (PSPs) for use with Customer-Owned Coin or Coinless FCC registered telephones in locations accessible to the general public.
Retail PAL lines are provided as Two-Wire Voice Grade telephone service, Loop Start, Two-Way or One-Way Outgoing Only, Flat, Measured, or Message Rated, One-Party service, and Intrastate/IntraLATA service.
PAL service provides access to the Local Switched Network, the Toll Network, 911 Emergency Service, Directory Assistance/Operator Services, 800/877/888 type services and N11 Services (e.g., 311, 811).
Payphone providers wanting to connect their own equipment to the CenturyLink Network for public use utilize PAL service. All payphone equipment connected to PAL lines must be FCC registered or must be connected behind an FCC registered protective coupler.
There are two types of PAL service available from CenturyLink: Basic and Smart.
With Basic PAL service the coin control signaling, including coin collection and coin return is completed by the customer’s software enhanced, “intelligent” payphone set. Basic PAL service can be described as a “smart” phone using a “dumb” (basic, no frills) line.
With Basic PAL service the coin control signaling, including coin collection and coin return, is provided by the software contained in the customer-owned intelligent (smart) payphone set placed on the ‘dumb’ Basic PAL telephone line.
The following PAL service offerings are available only with Basic PAL service:
Flat, Measure, or Message Basic PAL service consists of a Two-way or Outgoing Only line, generally without screening options.
Coinless Subscriber Service (CSS) allows connection of coinless telephone equipment to the local/toll switched network. CSS is Flat-rated with built-in screening. The line screening codes clearly identify the CSS line to operators who are required to handle and advance calls and prevent billing of Collect and Third Number calls to the account. CSS is available as One-way, Two-way, and Collect-only PAL service.
- 0+ dialing is required on all Outward calls, including local calls, with the exception of calls to the 911
- One-way Outgoing CSS service blocks all incoming calls
- One-way Outgoing Collect Only CSS blocks not only block all incoming calls but also restricts outgoing calls to collect only
Guestline service allows businesses to provide restricted telephone service to the public, is available as Flat, Message, or Measured-rated service and may be used with either a coin or coinless telephone.
Guestline blocks 1+ dialing so outgoing long distance calls must be placed through an operator. Incoming collect calls are restricted. Guestline service provides access to Directory Assistance, free calls to 911, the "O" operator, and denies billing of Incoming Collect and Third Number calls.
Interexchange Carrier Access Line (ICAL) service provides Retail PAL service to Interexchange Carriers and is restricted to outward calling and includes screening options. Calls are routed directly to the Interexchange Carrier for transport.
Inmate PAL service is provided in inmate facilities, such as jails, correctional institutions, and halfway houses, which are generally provisioned to allow only collect calls and not to allow access to 800 type numbers, 911, or 1+ dialing.
Smart PAL provides network-controlled payphone features to the
PAL phone via the CenturyLink Switched Network. Smart PAL provides the
PAL customer coin control, ability to set usage rates to the end-user
for local calls and low per minute rates for intraLATA sent paid
NOTE: Due to Network changes, effective July 24, 2015, Smart PAL will temporarily be unavailable to provide operator assistance on 1+ dialed numbers.
Smart PAL service can be described as a “dumb” (basic, no frills) phone using a “smart” (extra features, screening) line.
Retail PAL services are available where facilities exist throughout CenturyLink QC. Not all types of PAL lines are available in every state.
Terms and Conditions
The following terms and conditions apply to Retail PAL service:
- Changing to or from a Retail PAL service may require a telephone number change
- CenturyLink is not liable for shortages of coins deposited and/or collected from pay telephones
- CenturyLink is not liable for end-user fraud associated with the failure of the PSP's pay phone to perform correctly
- PSPs are responsible for:
- Installation, maintenance and operation of the pay telephone
- Coin collection and/or return of coin functions for Basic PAL
- Refund of coins when lost or collected in error
- Rates and charges incurred on the PAL, as toll adjustments will not be allowed on the account unless it is a CenturyLink error
- Payment of maintenance service charges when the problem is isolated to the pay telephone set
- CenturyLink will accept one white page listing for each main telephone number at no charge
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PAL service is billed for on a month-to-month basis.
Calls to Directory Assistance (DA), N11 and CenturyLink repair are not subject to measured/message usage charges.
Additional charges may apply for miscellaneous service order request items such as:
- Change from one PAL service to another
- Telephone number change
- Temporary transfer of calls
The Monthly Charge for a Public Access Line ranges from $7.78 plus taxes/surcharges to $25.08 plus taxes/surcharges; the Non-Recurring Charge for the service activation ranges from $31.00 to $80.00. Both charges are dependant upon the state and or type of service selected.
Refer to the Exchange and Network Services Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists for the specific state. The tariff/price list will provide the specific features/options, prices, and capabilities of PAL services by state.
Tariffs, Regulations and Policy
The complete Exchange and Network Services Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists, which will provide the specific features/options, prices, and capabilities of PAL services by state, can be found in Section 5.5.7.
- Visit the Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists
The term 'Supersedure' or 'Change of Responsibility' refers to an account change whereby any given PAL owned by one agreeing party is 'sold' to another agreeing party. Submitting an authorized PAL Request Form, Letter of Authorization (LOA), and Change of Responsibility form to the PAL Carrier Service Billing Office does this. Following service order issuance, the PAL becomes the responsibility of the latter party on the date agreed upon and specified on the request. Non-recurring service order charges, restrictions, and requirements apply and vary by state.
The PAL customer is responsible for:
- billing their end-user customers, as appropriate
- the refund of coins when lost or collected in error
- in the installation, operation, and maintenance of the pay telephone
CenturyLink is not responsible or liable for end-user fraud associated with failure of the customer’s pay telephones to perform correctly.
Retail PAL service is subject to the same regulations as other business services, such as EAS charges or areas, Taxes, Surcharges, Listings, etc.
If the PAL customer wants CenturyLink to wire past the demarcation point to the pay telephone equipment location, the customer must agree to pay time and materials charges.
Per FCC mandate, CenturyLink technicians may wire past the Minimum Point of Presence (MPOP), but may NOT touch a subscriber’s payphone equipment nor connect wiring directly to the instrument.
Maintenance service charges may apply when trouble reported on the PAL line is isolated to the pay telephone instrument.
Payphone Specific Digits (PSDs) or "Flex ANI codes" are used in the payphone industry as part of the dial around compensation process (also known as Per Call Compensation). PSDs are transmitted by Flex ANI software and are provided as part of the PAL service.
PSPs often request to test and verify that the PAL service is accurately functioning. The CenturyLink FLEX ANI test number is 877-663-6344.
PAL optional feature availability and pricing may vary according to the state specific Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists. PAL optional features availability may vary based on Central Office capability.
The following features/options are available for Retail PAL service:
- CenturyLink Long Distance
- Visit the Small Business web page for CenturyLink long distance information
- PAL customers choose the carrier of their choice
- Blocking options
- collect and/or third number billed calls
- long distance blocking
- international blocking
- split blocking
- Routing all 0+ and 00+ InterLATA calls to the presubscribed carrier
- Pay per call blocking (e.g., 900, 976)
- Visit the Call Blocking Job Aid for Pay per call blocking information.
Public Access Line services are sold directly to three kinds of customers.
- Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephone (COCOTs) customers who own coin/coinless pay telephones for use at their place of business.
- Payphone Service Providers (PSPs) who provide and manage payphone service for their end-user customers and provide the pay telephone instrument.
- Independent Payphone Providers (IPPs) who contract with a Payphone Service Provider to place payphone equipment at the site provider's place of business. This allows the IPP to provide payphone service without having to manage and/or maintain the pay telephone instruments. In general, the IPP pays the site provider a commission based on the calls generated from the payphone.
It is the responsibility of the Retail PAL customer to:
- Negotiate all aspects of products and/or services required
- Place all service requests with CenturyLink using appropriate forms
- Provide CenturyLink with accurate location information for state regulated emergency reasons
- Pay in full any/all charges incurred as a result of provided
PAL service, including but not limited to:
- the product/service itself
- toll charges
- Directory Assistance charges
- applicable usage
- Be responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of any PSP pay telephone equipment used in connection with this service
- Be available to answer all questions pertaining to their requests,
- Clarify address and/or service locations
- Ensure listing integrity and respond to queries regarding listings
To request a CenturyLink Customer Service Record (CSR), contact the Customer Service Inquiry and Education (CSIE) Center.
Orders may be faxed to 800-285-8188 or emailed to PAL@centurylink.com.
A purchase order number (PON) is required on all retail PAL order requests. The following parameters and restrictions apply:
- All States – No special characters other than hyphens are allowed, i.e., *,. $,. ^, (, ),. /, \, etc.
- MN, IA, ND, SD and NE – PON may consist of 1-21 alphanumeric characters
- MT, ID, UT, WY, CO, NM and AZ – PON may consist of 1-30 alphanumeric characters and must include a space or hyphen within the PON
- WA and OR – PON may consist of 1-30 alphanumeric characters
The Retail PAL Order Form Job Aid will provide you instruction on completing PAL order forms, including the field name, required or optional usage, a field description and customer use.
The following table provides Retail PAL Class of Service USOCs, the type of PAL service, description of PAL service, and availability by state.
|Class of Service USOC||Type of PAL Service||Description of Service||Availability|
|11G||Basic||Measured Out Only service measures outbound calls from the PAL phone||NE|
|11Y||Basic||Measured Out Only service measures outbound calls from the PAL phone||IA|
|122||Basic||Flat Guestline service Guestline blocks 1+ dialing and all outgoing toll calls must be placed through an operator. Incoming calls are also restricted from being billed as collect||AZ|
|12E||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Measured Two-Way includes Incoming and Outgoing Call screening, Pay per Call Blocking
|12G||Basic||Measured Two Way (coin or coinless)||NE|
|12R||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Measured Outgoing Only includes Outgoing Call Screening, Pay per Call Blocking
|14C||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Message Outgoing Only includes Outgoing Call Screening, Pay per Call Blocking
|AZ, CO, ID S, MN, MT, NE, NM, OR, SD, UT, WY|
|14S||Basic||Measured Two Way (coin or coinless)||IA|
|152||Basic||Measured Guestline with Fraud Protection includes toll restriction and all sent paid calls||AZ|
|15Q||Basic||Measured Two Way||AZ, UT, WY|
|15W||Basic||Measured Two Way with Call Allowance||AZ, OR, UT|
|16Q||Basic||Measured Outgoing OnlyTwo-Way||MN, NE, SD|
|172||Basic||Flat Guestline service with Fraud Protection prevents billing of collect and third number billed calls to the PAL service, restricts Operator assisted toll calls by station users to collect, bill to third party, or calling card calls||CO, MT|
|17Q||Basic||Message Two Way (coin or coinless)||MN, NE, OR, SD|
|182||Basic||Message Guestline service prevents billing of collect and third number billed calls to the PAL service, restricts Operator assisted toll calls by station users to collect, bill to third party, or calling card calls||CO, MT, NM|
|192||Basic||Measured Guestline service prevents billing of collect and third number billed calls to the PAL service, restricts Operator assisted toll calls by station users to collect, bill to third party, or calling card calls||CO, UT*|
|19Q||Basic||Measured Two-Way without screening (coin or coinless)||AZ*, CO|
|19V||Basic||Measured Two-Way service restricts outgoing Operator assisted toll calls to collect, bill to Third Party and Calling Card Calls||AZ*|
|1FY||Basic||Flat PAL, full resale, without screening||AZ*, CO, MT, NM|
|1FZ||Basic||Flat Two-Way with Fraud Protection includes toll restriction, allows 1+ calling||AZ*, MT, NM|
|1GY||Basic||Flat Out Only (coin or coinless)||AZ, CO, IA, MN, NE, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA. WY|
|1KY||Basic||Flat Two Way (coin or coinless)||IA, ID N, ID S, MN, NE, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY|
|1MA||Basic||Message Two-Way (coin or coinless) with no screening||AZ*, CO, MT, NM, OR*, UT*|
|1MT||Basic||Message Two-Way with Fraud Protection allows toll restriction, allows 1+ calling||MT, NM|
|1MZ||Basic||Public Interexchange Carrier Access service includes Incoming Fraud Protection and Outgoing Fraud Protection||IA, MN|
|1N8||Basic||Interexchange Carrier service, Outgoing only, with Fraud Protection||ID N, OR*, WA|
|1NH||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Message Two-Way includes incoming and outgoing call screening, pay per call blocking
|AZ, CO, ID S, MN,.MT, NE, NM, OR, SD, UT, WY|
|1NP||Basic||Coinless Subscriber Two-Way service, prevents company Operators from billing collect and bill to third number calls to the PAL service, prohibits direct dialed toll calls, users are restricted to placing calling card, bill to third number, and collect calls only||AZ, ID S, MT, NM, WA|
|1P9||Basic||Coinless Collect Only prohibits calls to DA, 911, Interexchange Carriers other than the Carrier presubscribed to the line, 800/800 type service, 676, 900, 976, and 960 telephone number, CenturyLink repair service; restricts CenturyLink Operator assisted calls to collect only, prevents CenturyLink Operators from billing collect and bill to third number calls to the PAL service||AZ, ID S, MT, NM, WA|
|1PZ||Basic||Coinless Subscriber Outgoing Only Basic PAL, prohibits direct dialed toll calls, users are restricted to placing calling card, bill to third number, and collect calls only||AZ, CO, ID S, MT, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY|
|1W3||Basic||Message Two-Way with Call Allowance||AZ*, UT*|
|1WE||Basic||Measured Two-Way with Call Allowance||ID S|
|1WK||Basic||Measured Two-Way with Call Allowance and Fraud Protection includes toll restriction, allows 1+||ID S|
|1WN||Basic||Measured Guestline Two Way with Allowance includes toll restriction and sent paid toll restriction, blocks 1+ calling||ID S|
|5FO||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Flat Outgoing Only with Outgoing Call Screening, Pay per Call Blocking
|5FP||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Flat Two-Way with Incoming and Outgoing Call Screening, Pay per Call Blocking
|A6F||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Additional Flat Two-Way with incoming and outgoing call screening, pay per call blocking
|A6J||Smart||(Grandfathered as of 08/19/2015)
Additional Line Outgoing Only with outgoing call screening, pay per call blocking
|A7F||Basic||Additional Out Only||IA|
|AL2||Basic||Additional Flat Two-Way||IA|
Provisioning and Installation
CenturyLink will provide a Standard Network Interface (SNI) or a registration jack at the demarcation point - the authorized access point for connection to the CenturyLink network. The SNI is mounted in a visible and accessible location.
The demarcation point will be placed within 12 inches (or a similarly reasonable distance) of the protector or regulated facility in accordance with CenturyLink policy and FCC docket 88-57. Should you desire CenturyLink to wire from the demarcation point to your equipment location, you can elect to do so by agreeing to pay time and materials charges. CenturyLink will not connect your equipment to the line.
Maintenance and Repair
Basic PAL is billed using Flat, Measured, or Message monthly rates. Measured or Message rates include a Call Allowance for a set number of local sent paid calls which are included in the monthly recurring charge.
Smart PAL service bills using a Flat, Measured, or Message monthly rate. Measured or Message rates include a Call Allowance for a set number of local sent paid calls which are included in the monthly recurring charge.
Summary Account Billing is available for your Retail PAL accounts.
There are no Retail PAL courses being offered at this time.
Ordering Fax Number
|Billing Address||250 Bell Plaza RM 601
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
|Billing Fax Number||800-335-5651|
|Billing Hours of Operation||6:00 AM - 6:00 PM MT|
800-335-5672 or email:Wholesale.Dispute@Centurylink.com
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where do I email my order requests?
Email your Retail PAL order requests to PAL@centurylink.com
What if I want to fax my requests to CenturyLink?
Fax your requests to 800-285-8188.
Last Update: August 19, 2015
Last Reviewed: October 24, 2023
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