Nevertheless, phone sex should not be confused with prostitution wherein money is exchanged for real life sexual services or physical interaction.The editor of High Society magazine, Gloria Leonard, is credited with being one of the first people to use "976 numbers", then "900 numbers" for promotional purposes and soon as a revenue stream in the adult industry.Leonard recorded her own voice informing callers of the contents of the next issue of High Society magazine before its publication.Later she recorded others such as Annie Sprinkle "talking sexy".
There are currently vacancies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Once means of transmitting payment were developed, phone sex turned into primarily a commercial activity, with customers (overwhelmingly male) and sellers (overwhelmingly female).
Due to the potential for emotional intimacy between those who have engaged in phone sex, it is a matter of some debate whether phone sex is to be considered infidelity when involving a person outside of a committed personal relationship.
This is the world portrayed in Spike Lee's movie about phone sex, Girl 6.
At that time independent phone sex was more dangerous, as Lee's movie portrays.