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October 31, 2014

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STATE-TO-STATE / IN-STATE / INTERNATIONAL / TOLLFREE RATES TABLES:

Long Distance Plans
Click on the plan name for more detailed information about that plan or to sign up
Minimum
Monthly
Bill
Day Eve Sat Sun
A Long Distance Plan $19.00 5.00¢ 5.00¢ 5.00¢ 5.00¢
Another Long Distance Plan $22.00 5.00¢ 5.00¢ 5.00¢ 5.00¢

    Within each classification of rates (In-State, State-To-State, International, Calling Cards, Toll Free), we present a comparison table much like the one above. Each row in the table represents a single long distance telephone plan. One company may offer several different calling plans and may have several different entries in our tables.

    Tables can be sorted by any column by clicking the column header. For example, you can sort the tables on Minimum Monthly Bill by clicking the words "Minimum Monthly Bill" at the top of the column. The yellow column indicates which column the data is being sorted on.

    Rates are listed based on a per-minute charge and are formatted as cents unless otherwise noted. Minimum Monthly Bill is the exception and is generally presented as a dollar amount.

    The Amounts You See in our tables may not match those that you hear or see advertised. Often, there are hidden fees and taxes which increase the actual cost per-minute to you the caller. ABTolls.com takes these hidden costs into account when calculating and reporting rates. This can be a complicated task at times, as many companies have plans whose rates vary depending on the length of a call. ABTolls.com tries to represent what the cost would be to the average user. If you are a low or high volume user, meaning you make very few or a whole lot of calls, the rates may vary slightly.

    Calling Plan: This column shows the name and provider of a long distance calling plan. Clicking on this will link you to more information about that plan.

    Minimum Monthly Bill: This column indicates the minimum amount you will have to pay each month. This amount may include PICC/USF Fees, Monthly Service Charges, Monthly Minimum Usage Charges, and any other fee a provider may charge you each month for using its service. Basically, expect to pay at least this much per month even if you never make a phone call. Please note that additional taxes and fees may be applied by either or both the long distance provider and the local service provider. These taxes and fees may increase the actual minimum amount charged to you per month and will vary depending on your local and long distance service providers. Visit our Understanding Monthly Charges page for more information about this.

    Day / Night / Sat / Sun: Most long distance service providers break up any 24 hour or 7 day week into different classifications. These may include weekday daytime rates (Day), weekday evening rates (Night), and weekend or Saturday/Sunday rates (Sat / Sun). Plans may or may not charge different rates depending on what time or day of the week you place a call. Different plans may have different cut-off times. For example, one company may consider the daytime to be 7:00am to 7:00pm, while another may consider it to be 8:00am to 5:00pm. You will need to visit a given plan's information page in order to get that information. You can do this by clicking on the name of the plan in the "Calling Plan" column.

    State-To-State Rate: This column appears on the In-State and International tables. Most providers that offer intrastate and international service also offer state-to-state service within the structure of its calling plans. The rates for state-to-state calls made with a given in-state and international plan are listed in this "State-To-State Rates" column. Generally state-to-state rates are valid for the Continental United States. Each carrier handles calls to and from Alaska and Hawaii differently. If that is part of your calling pattern you should check with the carrier for further details.


CALLING CARD RATES TABLES:
 
Calling Card Plans
Click on the plan name for more detailed information about that plan or to sign up
Minimum
Monthly
Bill
Peak Non-Peak Per-Call
Surcharge
Payphone
Surcharge
A Calling Card $2.00 5.10¢ 5.10¢ 0.00¢ 0.00¢
Another Calling Card $3.00 7.30¢ 5.30¢ 10.00¢ 30.00¢

    Within each classification of rates (In-State, State-To-State, International, Calling Cards, Toll Free), we present a comparison table much like the one above. Each row in the table represents a single long distance telephone plan. One company may offer several different calling plans and may have several different entries in our tables.

    Tables can be sorted by any column by clicking the column header. For example, you can sort the tables on Minimum Monthly Bill by clicking the words "Minimum Monthly Bill" at the top of the column. The yellow column indicates which column the data is being sorted on.

    Rates are listed based on a per-minute charge and are formatted as cents unless otherwise noted. Minimum Monthly Bill is the exception and is generally presented as a dollar amount.

    The Amounts You See in our tables may not match those that you hear or see advertised. Often, there are hidden fees and taxes which increase the actual cost per-minute to you the caller. ABTolls.com takes these hidden costs into account when calculating and reporting rates. This can be a complicated task at times, as many companies have plans whose rates vary depending on the length of a call. ABTolls.com tries to represent what the cost would be to the average user. If you are a low or high volume user, meaning you make very few or a whole lot of calls, the rates may vary slightly.

    Calling Plan: This column shows the name and provider of a long distance calling plan. Clicking on this will link you to more information about that plan.

    Minimum Monthly Bill: This column indicates the minimum amount you will have to pay each month. This amount may include PICC/USF Fees, Monthly Service Charges, Monthly Minimum Usage Charges, and any other fee a provider may charge you each month for using its service. Basically, expect to pay at least this much per month even if you never make a phone call. Please note that additional taxes and fees may be applied by either or both the long distance provider and the local service provider. These taxes and fees may increase the actual minimum amount charged to you per month and will vary depending on your local and long distance service providers. Visit our Understanding Monthly Charges page for more information about this.

    Peak / Non-Peak: Most long distance service providers break up any 24 hour or 7 day week into different classifications. These may include weekday daytime rates (Day), weekday evening rates (Night), and weekend or Saturday/Sunday rates (Sat / Sun). Plans may or may not charge different rates depending on what time or day of the week you place a call. Different plans may have different cut-off times. For example, one company may consider the daytime to be 7:00am to 7:00pm, while another may consider it to be 8:00am to 5:00pm. You will need to visit a given plan's information page in order to get that information. You can do this by clicking on the name of the plan in the "Calling Plan" column. For calling card plans we have found that there is less variance between these times and, therefore, list only the DAY rate separate from other calling times.

    Per Call Surcharge: It is not uncommon for a calling card provider to charge you a small fee each time you use a calling card. This fee is in addition to the per-minute rates charged for the duration of a call. If a provider charges a per call surcharge, you will be charged that fee plus the cost of the phone call each time you place a call using the calling card.

    Payphone Surcharge: It is not uncommon for a calling card provider to charge you a small fee each time you use a calling card from a payphone. This fee is in addition to the per-minute rates charged for the duration of a call. If a provider charges a payphone surcharge, you will be charged that fee plus the cost of the phone call each time you place a call using the calling card.

 Calling Plan Information Pages Back To Top

ABTolls.com maintains a Calling Plan information page for each long distance calling plan listed on this site. These pages are designed to supplement our rates tables by supplying you with more detailed information about each calling plan. Below is an explanation of the features and terms used on these pages. Most underlined (hyperlinked) terms, when clicked with your mouse, will display an additional browser window with our glossary definition for that term.

    State-To-State Rates: This table lists the minimum monthly bill and state-to-state per-minute rates information.

      Advertised vs. Actual: Many telecommunications providers "advertise" great rates such as "5 cents a minute all the time with no monthly fees." The numbers listed in the Advertised column represent these claims. However, there are often hidden fees or charges that seem to mysteriously appear on your phone bill once you sign up for one of these "great" plans. The numbers in the Actual column are this site's attempt to provide an accurate estimate of the true cost of a call with a given provider. To do this we include additional carrier specific fees such as the PICC, USF, and other surcharges that are unique to the given carrier.

      Minimum Monthly Bill: This row indicates the minimum amount you will have to pay each month. This amount may include PICC/USF Fees, Monthly Service Charges, Monthly Minimum Usage Charges, and any other fee a provider may charge you each month for using its service. Basically, expect to pay at least this much per month even if you never make a phone call. Please note that additional taxes and fees may be applied by either or both the long distance provider and the local service provider. These taxes and fees may increase the actual minimum amount charged to you per month and will vary depending on your local and long distance service providers. Visit our Understanding Monthly Charges page for more information about this.

      Day / Time Per-Minute Rates: Most long distance service providers break up any 24 hour or 7 day week into different classifications. These may include weekday daytime rates (Day), weekday evening rates (Night), and weekend or Saturday/Sunday rates (Sat / Sun). Plans may or may not charge different rates depending on what time or day of the week you place a call. Different plans may have different cut-off times. For example, one company may consider the daytime to be 7:00am to 7:00pm, while another may consider it to be 8:00am to 5:00pm. On our plan pages, we identify the per-minute cost of a telephone call for each of these classifications. If a plan has rates that change depending on the length of a call or if a plan charges a different rate for the first minute than all other minutes, the different rates will be identified and listed in this table

    Odd Tables On The Right: These tables include a variety of calling plan specific information. Here are explanations of the terms in these tables:

      Monthly Minimum Bill Table: This table identifies the fees and charges that make up the Minimum Monthly Bill you will owe for this plan. To best understand the terms and charges in this table please visit our Understanding Monthly Charges page.

      USF Percentage: This refers to the Universal Service Fund charge. Some telecommunications providers calculate this fee as a percentage of your total cost of calls and other service fees. This number represents the percentage used to calculate that fee if the provider chooses to calculate it in this way. This fee may also appear as a flat per-month charge. Visit our Understanding Monthly Charges page for more information.

      Minimum Call Length: Some telecommunications providers require that each call be at least some minimum number of minutes in length. The provider will charge you at for at least this minimum length of time independent of whether your call lasted that long or not. This is a very common tactic used by dial-around service providers.

      Billing Increment: This identifies the time increment used to determine the length of a call. Providers may charge per minute or per 6-seconds or some other time increment.

      One-Time Enrollment Fee: This identifies any fee a provider my charge to set up your new service. This is not the switching charge levied by your local telephone company for changing long distance service providers.

    Intra-State Rates Boxes: When the downward facing arrow is selected using your mouse, this drop-down list box will display the Intra-State calling rates for this plan. Simply select the state in which you are interested and the rate will appear to the right of the state name.

    International Rates Boxes: When the downward facing arrow is selected using your mouse, this drop-down list box will display the international calling rates for this plan. Simply select the country in which you are interested and the rate will appear to the right of the state name.

    State-To-State Calling Card Rates Boxes: If a plan offers a calling card option, this box will display the state-to-state calling card rates and fees for the plan. Generally state-to-state rates are valid in the Continental United States. Each carrier handles calls to and from Alaska and Hawaii differently. Check with the carrier for details if these are part of your calling patterns.

      Per Call Surcharge: It is not uncommon for a calling card provider to charge you a small fee each time you use a calling card. This fee is in addition to the per-minute rates charged for the duration of a call. If a provider charges a per call surcharge, you will be charged that fee plus the cost of the phone call each time you place a call using the calling card.

      Payphone Surcharge: It is not uncommon for a calling card provider to charge you a small fee each time you use a calling card from a payphone. This fee is in addition to the per-minute rates charged for the duration of a call. If a provider charges a payphone surcharge, you will be charged that fee plus the cost of the phone call each time you place a call using the calling card.

    Incoming State-To-State Tollfree Rates Boxes: If a plan offers incoming tollfree service, this box will display the state-to-state tollfree rates and fees for the plan. Incoming tollfree service refers to a tollfree number people can call to reach you. You are charged for the call based on the tollfree rates.

    Special Notes If there is important information about the availability of a plan or any other information not covered by our tables, it will be explained here.

    Plan FAQ: This section includes commonly asked questions and answers.

      Billing Methods:
      Local Phone Bill: Your detailed long distance bill will appear as a section on your local telephone service bill.
      Separate Bill: You will receive a separate detailed bill in the mail from the long distance provider.
      Credit Card: The long distance provider will bill directly to a credit card. You will still receive the details of your calls each month.
      Online: Your detailed bill is posted on a secure web site and generally billed to a credit card.

    Special Promotions: This section includes information about any special promotions related to a calling plan.



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