Sunday, September 04, 2005

Long Distance Bills Dramatically Reduced

Now that your long distance bills are larger than your mortgage, isn't it time to shop around for a better deal? You bet it is. We've got some great options that could cut your phone expenses dramatically, perhaps even to a fraction of what they are now.

There are a lot long distance companies anxious to give you quality service at rates unheard of just a few years ago. You can thank advances in technology and the competitive telecommunications business for that. We have a suite of 13 different 1 plus long distance carriers with rates starting as low as 2.5 cents a minute for state to state calls and perhaps even less for in-state long distance calls.

They're called 1 plus or 1+ carriers because you make long distance calls by dialing 1 plus the area code and phone number you want to reach. This is exactly how your long distance works now. Switching to one of these carriers only changes the company that provides the long distance phone service. The phone itself works the same. The new long distance company you select will coordinate with your phone company to make the change in service. The long distance companies don't charge sign up fees, but your local phone company may bill you a one-time fee of up to $5 for their cost in making the change to your line.

Wow, 13 different long distance carriers. Which is the best one? That depends on where you are located and what type of calls you make. Two companies might have the same state to state rates, but vary greatly in what they charge for long distance calls within your state. Every state has a different rate. You could investigate this company by company, but we've got a couple of online calculators to make the job easy.

If all you want is a quick check, use the quick long distance calculator. All you have to do is enter your are code and first 3 digits of your phone number and click "GO." You'll instantly get a list of long distance companies from cheapest to most expensive assuming 100 minutes of state to state calls and 100 minutes of in-state long distance calls per month.

For a more precise analysis, gather up a few of your recent phone bills and use the detailed long distance calculator. With this calculator, you can enter exactly how many minutes of interstate and intrastate calls you make each month, how many lines you have, if you want residential or business service, and what type of international calls you make, if any.

Once you have found the service that gives you the lowest long distance bills each month, you can sign-up to switch services right online at any time. The company you select will handle the details of making the changes, so you don't need to contact your current long distance company at all.

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