In an era where porn is readily available online, the idea of phone sex seems antiquated. Many, in fact, believe the industry has long since died, and unless you binge watch a lot of man-focused TV late at night, you may miss the ads.
But industry veterans say the aural sex business is doing just fine.
At Jet Doll, which launched in 1990 under the name Intertel and remains a significant company today, calls still come in regularly, 365 days per year. With an in-house staff of 120 and 1,200 contract employees (who do the majority of talking to the customers), Jet Doll is — if not as busy as ever — certainly not withering on the vine.
There are some changes, of course. In the 1990s, the 1-900 and 1-976 numbers that were associated with phone sex largely went extinct. And competing sex-oriented services have grown significantly larger.
"We have a bunch of numbers that are very popular, many of which date back to the beginning," said Bret Grainger, Jet Doll's chief marketing officer. The company claims to have some 500,000 clients — though officials won't specify the number of calls per month or the number of active clients.