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  1. #1
    Julie P.
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    Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I choose
    one after 30 days.

    Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any recommendations?
    IDT? Ver-tec?

    Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card. Choosing
    a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling card,
    so the service would have to be lower than this.

    Thanks!





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  2. #2
    Stanley Reynolds
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    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    choose
    > one after 30 days.
    >
    > Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    recommendations?
    > IDT? Ver-tec?
    >
    > Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    Choosing
    > a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    card,
    > so the service would have to be lower than this.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >


    http://www.longdistance.com/
    I've been happy with these people for 3 years they have different plans
    depending on your needs, 5 per minute for calls from 7pm until 7am, 10
    per minute for calls from 7am until 7pm with no monthly fees.





  3. #3
    Bob Ward
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!

    On Tue, 10 May 2005 14:48:01 -0500, "Stanley Reynolds"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    >> only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    >> and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    >choose
    >> one after 30 days.
    >>
    >> Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    >recommendations?
    >> IDT? Ver-tec?
    >>
    >> Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    >Choosing
    >> a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    >card,
    >> so the service would have to be lower than this.
    >>
    >> Thanks!
    >>
    >>

    >
    > http://www.longdistance.com/
    >I've been happy with these people for 3 years they have different plans
    >depending on your needs, 5 per minute for calls from 7pm until 7am, 10
    >per minute for calls from 7am until 7pm with no monthly fees.
    >



    Sounds like you missed the important point above - she's getting 2.9
    cents per minute with a calling card - I'd stick with that, since the
    2.9 cents per minute is a net rate, with no bogus taxes, recovery
    fees, or additional charges to drive the cost up.



  4. #4
    Ryan
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    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    I don't have the number in front of me, but we have been using a
    service that charges is 3 cents a minute for long distance. In-state or
    across country. It's one of those 10-10 numbers and the calls come
    listed on our regular phone bill. No calling card needed, just dial the
    code in front of the number we want to dial.

    The phone bills says www.vartec.com above the charges so perhaps that
    web site can help. :-)




  5. #5
    Steven M. Scharf
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    choose
    > one after 30 days.


    Use One-Suite. It's very convenient since you don't need to enter a PIN from
    phone numbers that you register, and you can register speed dial numbers. I
    program a key on my phones to call the local access number, then a two digit
    code for the most used numbers. It's 2.5 cents per minute (more if you use
    the 800 number instead of local access number). It's especially good for
    intra-LATA calls, since it's much cheaper than the local phone company.

    http://onesuite.com

    I dropped a long distance provider completely. I didn't want people
    accidentally dialing long distance instead of using One-Suite, though this
    restriction doesn't work for intra-LATA.

    Of course during off-peak, using a cell phone is free, and have 8:00 p.m.
    off-peak.





  6. #6
    googled
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Ryan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > I don't have the number in front of me, but we have been using a
    > service that charges is 3 cents a minute for long distance. In-state or
    > across country. It's one of those 10-10 numbers and the calls come
    > listed on our regular phone bill. No calling card needed, just dial the
    > code in front of the number we want to dial.
    >
    > The phone bills says www.vartec.com above the charges so perhaps that
    > web site can help. :-)
    >


    What is the connection charge or monthly fee ? Can't get 3 cents per minute
    on 10-10 without one or the other.





  7. #7
    googled
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    choose
    > one after 30 days.
    >
    > Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    recommendations?
    > IDT? Ver-tec?
    >
    > Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    Choosing
    > a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    card,
    > so the service would have to be lower than this.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >


    Try this site http://www.myrateplan.com/bestplan/ to see if you can find a
    lower rate. You can always choose no long distance provider. Do not select
    Verizon for in state long distance. Might be best to stick with the calling
    card.





  8. #8
    Stanley Reynolds
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Bob Ward" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Tue, 10 May 2005 14:48:01 -0500, "Stanley Reynolds"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]
    > >> Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I

    have
    > >> only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in

    state
    > >> and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    > >choose
    > >> one after 30 days.
    > >>
    > >> Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    > >recommendations?
    > >> IDT? Ver-tec?
    > >>
    > >> Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    > >Choosing
    > >> a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    > >card,
    > >> so the service would have to be lower than this.
    > >>
    > >> Thanks!
    > >>
    > >>

    > >
    > > http://www.longdistance.com/
    > >I've been happy with these people for 3 years they have different plans
    > >depending on your needs, 5 per minute for calls from 7pm until 7am, 10
    > >per minute for calls from 7am until 7pm with no monthly fees.
    > >

    >
    >
    > Sounds like you missed the important point above - she's getting 2.9
    > cents per minute with a calling card - I'd stick with that, since the
    > 2.9 cents per minute is a net rate, with no bogus taxes, recovery
    > fees, or additional charges to drive the cost up.


    Bob what you missed is she needs to have a long-distance provider that
    charges zero per month then she can use her calling card or the default
    provider. If she always uses a card then the rates on the assigned provider
    doesn't matter, but if she picks a provider with a monthly charge then she
    has to pay that every month even if she doesn't use them.





  9. #9
    Stanley Reynolds
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "googled" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    > > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in

    state
    > > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    > choose
    > > one after 30 days.
    > >
    > > Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    > recommendations?
    > > IDT? Ver-tec?
    > >
    > > Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    > Choosing
    > > a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    > card,
    > > so the service would have to be lower than this.
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Try this site http://www.myrateplan.com/bestplan/ to see if you can find a
    > lower rate. You can always choose no long distance provider. Do not select
    > Verizon for in state long distance. Might be best to stick with the

    calling
    > card.
    >
    >

    Here in Alabama it cost extra to pick no long distance provider.





  10. #10
    Bob Ward
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!

    On Tue, 10 May 2005 16:27:56 -0500, "Stanley Reynolds"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Bob Ward" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> On Tue, 10 May 2005 14:48:01 -0500, "Stanley Reynolds"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> >
    >> >"Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> >news:[email protected]
    >> >> Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I

    >have
    >> >> only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in

    >state
    >> >> and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I
    >> >choose
    >> >> one after 30 days.
    >> >>
    >> >> Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any
    >> >recommendations?
    >> >> IDT? Ver-tec?
    >> >>
    >> >> Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.
    >> >Choosing
    >> >> a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling
    >> >card,
    >> >> so the service would have to be lower than this.
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks!
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >
    >> > http://www.longdistance.com/
    >> >I've been happy with these people for 3 years they have different plans
    >> >depending on your needs, 5 per minute for calls from 7pm until 7am, 10
    >> >per minute for calls from 7am until 7pm with no monthly fees.
    >> >

    >>
    >>
    >> Sounds like you missed the important point above - she's getting 2.9
    >> cents per minute with a calling card - I'd stick with that, since the
    >> 2.9 cents per minute is a net rate, with no bogus taxes, recovery
    >> fees, or additional charges to drive the cost up.

    >
    >Bob what you missed is she needs to have a long-distance provider that
    >charges zero per month then she can use her calling card or the default
    >provider. If she always uses a card then the rates on the assigned provider
    >doesn't matter, but if she picks a provider with a monthly charge then she
    >has to pay that every month even if she doesn't use them.
    >



    Apparently things are different where she lives - many posters report
    that they have been successful in specifying NO long distance as the
    default.



  11. #11
    Bill
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!



    "Julie P." wrote:
    >
    > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I have
    > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in state
    > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I choose
    > one after 30 days.
    >
    > Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any recommendations?
    > IDT? Ver-tec?
    >
    > Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card. Choosing
    > a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling card,
    > so the service would have to be lower than this.
    >
    > Thanks!


    Did you ask Verizon if they can give you their own no-fee long
    distance service? I was able to get no monthly fee LD service
    from them and while them per minute charge isn't as cheap as
    2.9c per minute, for the very rare LD phone call that I make,
    it's fine.

    Bill



  12. #12
    Stanley Reynolds
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!

    <snip>
    > Apparently things are different where she lives - many posters report
    > that they have been successful in specifying NO long distance as the
    > default.

    Yes you can specify no longdistance provider, but the local phone company
    gets payments from the long distance provider which vary. The local company
    can recover this from people who have no long distance provider as a
    surcharge. If you have a state PSC and they regulate rates then they have
    say as to this fee otherwise the local company determines this. Note these
    payments from long distance providers to the local companies were started
    with the court ordered breakup of AT&T . This hidden fee/tax has problems as
    ISP and VOIP providers do not pay and as people replace their long distance
    with VOIP then this revenue goes down. Most of the low cost prepay cards are
    using VOIP.





  13. #13
    googled
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!


    "Stanley Reynolds" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "googled" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > > "Julie P." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > Hi! I signed up with Verizon almost a month ago for home service. I

    have
    > > > only a few days left to choose a long-distance provider (one for in

    > state
    > > > and another for out of state), otherwise there will be a $5 fee if I

    > > choose
    > > > one after 30 days.
    > > >
    > > > Verizon has a huge list available, but does anyone have any

    > > recommendations?
    > > > IDT? Ver-tec?
    > > >
    > > > Right now I cannot dial long-distance, except with a calling card.

    > > Choosing
    > > > a provider will change this. I pay 2.9 cents a minute with my calling

    > > card,
    > > > so the service would have to be lower than this.
    > > >
    > > > Thanks!
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > > Try this site http://www.myrateplan.com/bestplan/ to see if you can find

    a
    > > lower rate. You can always choose no long distance provider. Do not

    select
    > > Verizon for in state long distance. Might be best to stick with the

    > calling
    > > card.
    > >
    > >

    > Here in Alabama it cost extra to pick no long distance provider.
    >
    >


    In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York it costs zero to specifically
    choose "none" as your selected long distance provider. How can your
    telephone service provider justify charging anything, let alone extra, for
    "none".





  14. #14
    Stanley Reynolds
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!

    >
    > In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York it costs zero to specifically
    > choose "none" as your selected long distance provider. How can your
    > telephone service provider justify charging anything, let alone extra, for
    > "none".
    >
    >


    From the FCC web site : 'How do you drop your long-distance phone company?
    Call your local phone company and tell them that you no longer wish to have
    a presubscribed long distance carrier for your phone line. Your 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. '

    http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/lowerbill.html (scroll to bottom)

    From the web site it indicates this fee is only required for multi lines
    after July 1, 2000 but maybe local companies are slow to remove this fee.

    http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/PICCchanges.html





  15. #15
    Bob Ward
    Guest

    Re: Need to find long-distance phone service!

    On Wed, 11 May 2005 01:14:34 -0500, "Stanley Reynolds"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>
    >> In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York it costs zero to specifically
    >> choose "none" as your selected long distance provider. How can your
    >> telephone service provider justify charging anything, let alone extra, for
    >> "none".
    >>
    >>

    >
    >From the FCC web site : 'How do you drop your long-distance phone company?
    >Call your local phone company and tell them that you no longer wish to have
    >a presubscribed long distance carrier for your phone line. Your 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. '
    >
    >http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/lowerbill.html (scroll to bottom)
    >
    >From the web site it indicates this fee is only required for multi lines
    >after July 1, 2000 but maybe local companies are slow to remove this fee.
    >
    >http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/PICCchanges.html
    >



    On other words, a one-time charge, not a monthly charge for providing
    no service.



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