Tips for Lowering Your Long Distance Telephone Bill
If you think your long distance company is charging you too
much - in flat fees, monthly minimums or per-minute charges --
the Better Business Bureau, along with the Federal Communication
Commission, offer the following options which may help lower
your monthly bill.
Call your long distance telephone company and ask about calling
plans. Ask if changing your calling plan will lower your bill,
based on your calling history. Are there any monthly flat fees
or plans that your company recommends? What about other charges
for federal and state programs and taxes?
Switch long distance companies. Know your calling pattern. Do
you make most of your calls on the weekend? Or are most of your
calls during the weekdays? Contact other long-distance carriers
to ask about their monthly flat fees and per-minute rates. Ask
about other charges for federal and state programs and taxes.
You may be surprised to find out that not all companies have the
same charges for federal programs. It pays to shop around!
Consider dropping your long distance company. You can drop your
current long distance company without switching to another
company. If you make very few long-distance calls each month (or
no calls at all), you may be able to save money by dropping your
long distance company. If you do this, you will have no
"presubscribed" long-distance company. That means you will not
be able to make long distance calls by dialing "1" plus the area
code and phone number. However, you can still make long distance
calls by using dial-around companies. Before choosing a
dial-around company, do your homework. Ask the company whether
any flat monthly charges apply. Also, what are the per-minute
rates? Are any charges for federal or state programs added? To
drop your long-distance carrier, contact your local phone
company and tell them you no longer wish to have a presubscribed
long-distance carrier for your phone line. You local phone
company may charge you a small fee to drop your long-distance
company, the same fee it charges customers who switch
long-distance companies, and it may charge you a "Presubscribed
Interexchange Carrier Charge" directly.