Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

AT&T

Has sent me a bill for $27 for *not* making any long-distance calls.

They have agreed to refund this charge, and transfer my long-distance service to a BellSouth The New AT&T (you could hear the capitals in the guy's voice) that is $1 a month, but if you make any calls it's ten cents a minute.

Which, to anyone who was paying attention in the early ninety's, was what MCI & Sprint were charging for long distance & severely undercut AT&T's rates.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 12th, 2007 8:03pm
Hmmm. For long distance I have 3.5 cents/minute with no fixed charge and no minimum usage.

My basic phone service is with AT&T (was SBC before take-over), but I looked at their long distance plans and I would have had to make huge numbers of calls in a month before they became good value, so I only get local service from them and get long distance from someone else.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 12th, 2007 8:28pm
I had the cheapest plan they claimed existed, absolute b are bones on everything, and it was, as you say $27/month with NO calls. So I cancelled it and even physically cut the phone lines and now everything is VOIP. Almost all calls are free, total cost for everything is insignificant.

So, fire AT&T! Don't put up with them another day.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 12th, 2007 10:52pm
I have the cheapest plan that exists with AT&T and it costs $11/mo total including taxes. It's metered local calls only, no long distance, no extra features. Maybe they've changed their offerings since I signed up?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 13th, 2007 12:03am
I tried to figure this out and it seems that it depends on where you live. I know that some people have $14 plans in some states. I had not heard of $11 before, that's interesting.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 13th, 2007 12:23am
I use bigredwire for long distance.  They use Qwest's network.  Unbelieveably good customer service and great rates.  Can't say enough good things about them.
Permalink the great purple 
July 13th, 2007 12:24am
I live in CA. Actually the cost is $5.70 for the basic plan and another $6 in surcharges and taxes, so the total is $11 and change.

As with the great purple I am extremely happy with my long distance provider, which in my case is ECG. Very low rates interstate and to the UK, no base charge, efficient and customer friendly service.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 13th, 2007 12:42am
tmobile has some sort of plan where you can use your (special) cellphone with Wifi.

for free.

that is, if you have Wifi at home (who don't?) just use your cellphone and it wont cost a dime more (the plan is $10/month on top of existing cellphone service plan).

also at (some) cafes, libraries, parks.

even sweeter: their accounting s/w aint' too bright. if you start your call at your home's wifi and then travel away into cell-tower land, it will not only automatically transfer your connection without anyone noticing, it will think the entire call was made off of wifi (ie, and cost no minutes).
Permalink Send private email strawdog sobriquet 
July 13th, 2007 12:49am
Yes, thanks for non-union tel-co...
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 13th, 2007 2:18am
Why do people still have land lines?
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 13th, 2007 10:23am
In case the cell phone stops working?
Permalink Full name 
July 13th, 2007 11:01am
JoC: I don't have a cell phone.
Permalink the great purple 
July 13th, 2007 12:15pm
I keep my landline because during a hurricane, cell-phones typically only work for a day or two, and then the batteries in the towers run down.  With a land-line, the telco central office has diesel generators that are good for several days (a welcome legacy of the cold war).
Permalink xampl 
July 13th, 2007 1:34pm

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