LONG DISTANCE phone rates, any good deals?

Submitted by Bill Yox on 2/3/05 at 4:28 PM. ( )

Does anyone have any good suggestions on a good long distance phone plan? Im in NY, Im not sure if its a regional thing, or what. I dont get a good cell signal in my area. What kinds of plans do some of you guys have?

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We use at&t

This response submitted by wetnwild on 2/3/05 at 5:09 PM. ( )

Bill costs us 39.99 for unlimited USA long distance per month. No restrictions. Great deal. Does not include out of country calls though as i found out after talking to walker for 1/2 hour LOL LOL


This response submitted by Kim on 2/3/05 at 6:09 PM. ( )

MCI also has the UNLIMITED long distance calling plan.

Cell Phone or Landline?

This response submitted by Asher on 2/3/05 at 6:19 PM. ( asherdym@charter.net )

Are you using high speed internet (cable modem)? If you are you should check out Vonage. I have been using the Vonage service for over a year now and I pay 24.99 per month, I get unlimited local and long distance (includes Canada and maybe Mexico, haven't had to call there yet). I get voice mail, call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding and three way calling. I also pay an extra 5.00 per month for a toll-free number that friends and family can call on. If you have broadband check it out at www.vonage.com or you can go to www.circuitcity.com to see reviews. Just a thought, if you don't have broadband though it won't work.

phone cards

This response submitted by Rich P. on 2/3/05 at 6:35 PM. ( )

I buy prepaid phone cards from Sam's club or Walmart. 800 minutes costs 27.00 and there is no time frame on using it. Call anywhere in the US and there is no extra charges and taxes like on your phone bill. I cancelled my long distance service and saved alot of money with the cards.

Vonage or USDatanet

This response submitted by tomdes on 2/4/05 at 8:16 AM. ( mapletax@twcny.rr.com )

I've been watching the progress of VOIP for sometime and made the switch to USDatanet. It's been working okay, a few glitchs in the first few days but it's stable now, BUT I'll always be worried about outages, remember it is the internet, but the price is right. For cell phone I dumped T-Mobile (sick of dead zones) and went to Verizon, they have the best coverage area of them all. Plan was $40 mo.


This response submitted by Todd B on 2/4/05 at 9:05 AM. ( )

I persoanlly have SBC as my long distance carrier. The cost for unlimited long distance is $20.00 a month. I do not have a business line so all business is on my home phone. The cost would be more if it is a business line.

Todd B


This response submitted by Jeff F. on 2/4/05 at 10:10 AM. ( NaturesTrophies@aol )

Not sure how true it is but an operator told me it was an FCC violation to run a business over a private line. I also run my computer over my business line so there are less interuptions on my dial up internet. My long distance carrier is Telecom USA, 500 minutes for $14.99. Thats more than enough for me so it works out well. Peace- Jeff F.

ok, Im an idiot with this stuff, so...

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 2/4/05 at 10:46 AM. ( )

Do some of you wanna go into greater details, such as broadband, regular phone lines, what else a guy needs, etc? Company names and numbers? Im starting to wonder if some of the LD phone rates are just regional, too...


This response submitted by Asher on 2/4/05 at 11:08 AM. ( asherdym@charter.net )

Broadband refers to high-speed data transmission in which a single cable can carry a large amount of data at once. The most common types of Internet broadband connections are cable modems (which use the same connection as cable TV) and DSL modems (which use your existing phone line). So does you computer connect into a phone jack in the wall or do you run it through a box next to your computer. If you run it through a standard phone jack you have what is called dial-up (rund slow), if you run a line into a box next to your computer you probably use a broadband connection. If you are running broadband type of internet you can use Vonage (www.vonage.com). Vonage or USDatanet use the broadband waves, explained earlier, to provide voice tranmissions. You can add business lines, toll free lines, even fax lines. If you have a broadband connection it's the way to go. If you want help or need more info shoot me an e-mail and I'll walk ya through it. Hope this helps.


This response submitted by tomdes on 2/4/05 at 12:29 PM. ( mapletax )

Let us know what you have now for services..

If you want one of the best residental/business packages for phone service (landline), checkout IDT. For 39.95 a month you get unlimited regional, long distance, and a plethara of all the other services.. Their link is:

Cable VoiceOverInternatProtocal services through Time Warner, Vonage, USADatanet, Verizon are all about the same $39.95 for all services, regional, long distance, 3-way, call waiting etc. If you have cable now, then they will supply the modem etc.

Then there is wireless, tons of plans out there, cingular, verizon, T-Mobile, Nextel, Alltel, Sprint etc. I've had Cingular, T-Mobile and now Verizon, and hands down Verizon has the best coverage area, then I'd say cingular is next. Here is a great site if you want to price wireless packages. This site is an authorized dealer for all these co. above, sorry about the long link:



This response submitted by tomdes on 2/4/05 at 2:24 PM. ( mapletax@twcny.rr.com )

VOIP services vary, TW and Verizon are 39.95 mo. and Vonage and USADatanet are $24.99 for everything..

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