Tips to Lower Your Long Distance Telephone Bill
Advice: Look over your last 3 months long
distance phone bills. Get familiar with when and where you call. See
if there is a pattern to your calls.
Option 1: Call your long distance telephone company.
- Ask if changing your calling plan will lower your bill,
based on your calling history.
- Ask for details - become aware of any monthly flat fees with
the plan that your company recommends. Are there other charges
related to federal and state programs and taxes?
Option 2: Shop for other long
Option 3: Consider going without a "pre-subscribed" long
- You can change the way you make long distance calls. 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
"pre-subscribed" long distance company. You do not need to
switch to another company. You can call your local phone
company and tell them that you no longer wish to have a
pre-subscribed long distance carrier. If you do this, 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 (10 - 10 + ###) or
pre-paid calling cards.
- Be a savvy shopper if you plan to use dial-arounds.
Consumer websites and publications can help. Before using a
dial-around company, ask if any flat monthly charges apply. Ask
about their per-minute rates. Are there any charges related to
federal or state programs?
- There are two different kinds of calling cards, one
you get through your long distance company and the other is a
prepaid calling card sold at a variety of places. Your long
distance company includes their calling card charges on your
bill, including surcharges. Those per minute company calling
card rates are usually higher than the per minute rates you can
get from prepaid calling cards or from your at-home service.
Wireless Companies have many varied offers also.
Depending on your typical phone use, one of these plans may well
suit your needs at a cost savings. Ask whether you must agree to a
fixed term contract.