Long Distance Calling Shouldn't Feel Like Long Distance Running
10-10 numbers | Long Distance Carriers
Long distance carriers (e.g., AT&T, Verizon) are an
expensive but reliable way to call home. These companies
usually rely on fiber optic networks to transmit
international calls. As a result, their customers have to pay
more, but they receive much better sound quality,
and can get through almost 100% of the time. When you want to add
international long distance service to
your home phone, you need to remember the following things:
- It's optional: International long distance service is not included
with your phone service. You will need to add this service to
your phone. Unless you apply for AT&T's international calling
plan, (or another company's service) your local phone company will connect your
international phone calls for you at a ridiculously high
per-minute rate. Since international long distance service is optional,
you have no obligation to order it. If you are perfectly happy with
using phone cards or 10-10 numbers, you don't need to apply for
any international long distance service.
- There is a fixed monthly fee: This fee is charged regardless
of whether or not you use the service. It varies from
company to company and is included in your monthly phone bill,
which is usually issued by your local phone company.
- Local vs. long distance: Your long distance carrier and
local phone carrier
may or may not be the same company.
- Switch around: You have the freedom to change long distance carriers
any time. In most cases, the new carrier will assume the
charge for switching, which is around $5. Many international students
switch when a competing carrier offers a cheaper rate. Some
companies also offer switching incentives, like $100 cash, if you
switch within a certain time.
- Analyze it: There are different programs for different
prices. For example, some companies may offer a deep discount if
you call during the evening or on weekends. Others may offer
one rate, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make a careful comparison
before making the final decision.
The following telecommunications giants are the most popular
international long distance carriers. You can visit their web sites
and compare their international calling rates.
Choosing a long distance and/or international phone service package
can be tricky. Depending on which package you choose,
rates can change at a certain time of day, or day of week,
and you should be aware of high charges which you could incur
(usually during weekday hours) as well as possible monthly charges.
And you should consider where the majority of your phone calls will be
placed, whether only on campus, in the local area or state, throughout
the United States, or abroad. Clearly, finding the most reasonable rate to your
home country is very important!
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