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Roaming question.

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Matt, May 27, 2004.

  1. allyf

    allyf Guest

    Get a cheap phoncard..About 2.1 cents/minute and dont worry abaout it


    "Steven J Sobol" <sjsobol@JustThe.net> wrote in message
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    > 4500 <4500@no.where> wrote:
    > > On Thu, 27 May 2004 21:09:21 GMT, "Matt" <m-michaelsNOSPAM@usa.net>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >>I am going to be in Alabama for a few days and I am on a local rather

    then a
    > >>national plan. I am trying to figure out how much calls are from

    outside my
    > >>home calling area. Does anyone know this?
    > >>
    > >>Thanks
    > >>

    > >
    > > It depends on your plan, but a good estimate is $.89/minute plus taxes
    > > ($.69/per minute for domestic roaming plus $.20 per minute for long
    > > distance). Altogether, it will probably cost you about a dollar a
    > > minute if you make long distance calls while outside your home area.

    >
    > I believe the 69 cents includes long-distance.
    >
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  2. IMHO

    IMHO Guest

    Must depend on where you have your local plan and how it is set up. I have
    been charged both roaming and long distance when not in my coverage area -
    calling what was a local number.

    "JW" <a@a.net> wrote in message news:5oduc.26316$mm1.24035@fed1read06...
    >
    > "John" <Me@myhome.net> wrote in message
    > news:3y6uc.19424$ZM1.18041@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    > > Are you sure? The call, despite the caller standing in Huntsville,
    > > technically originates from his home cell number location. Consequently,

    > it
    > > is a long distance call.

    >
    > No the call orginates from where he is standing going to the nearest tower
    > from him. The call is then routed through local switches in Huntsville

    never
    > have been on a long distance line. I understand where you can be confused

    on
    > this, but the only thing that needs to commincated to his home market is
    > that he made a roaming call in Huntsville.
    >
    > JW
    > > "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <veldy71@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > > news:40b6ad83$0$158$892e0abb@auth.newsreader.octanews.com...
     
  3. David S

    David S Guest

    On Fri, 28 May 2004 19:33:06 -0500, Steven J Sobol <sjsobol@JustThe.net>
    chose to add this to the great equation of life, the universe, and
    everything:

    >Charles Robinson <charlesr@visi.com> wrote:
    >> David L <davidlind@my-deja.com> wrote:
    >> : Just using a payphone (yuck) and calling card is going to be the
    >> : cheapest solution. The payphone is going to have a ~.50 fee call any
    >> : calling card or 800 number.
    >>
    >> Since when do you have to put coins in a payphone to dial an 800 number?

    >
    >Since companies other than the Regional Bell Operating Companies (the
    >Baby Bells, the children of the AT&T breakup) started providing payphone
    >service.
    >
    >Many of them do require you to put in the coins. Some refund your money
    >after the call to the 800 number. Some don't. I wonder if the ones that don't
    >turn around and bill the 800 number owner the 28-cent surcharge... normally
    >if you call an 800 number from a payphone, the owner of the number gets
    >charged 28 cents to make up for the money the payphone owner isn't getting
    >from the caller.
    >
    >It wouldn't surprise me if they took people's money and charged the surcharge
    >anyhow. Telephone companies are very, very slimy.


    By that same logic, calls from a cell phone to an 800 should be
    airtime-free, or at least at a reduced rate. They aren't.

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  4. David S <dwstreeter@spamisnaughty.att.net> wrote:

    >>It wouldn't surprise me if they took people's money and charged the surcharge
    >>anyhow. Telephone companies are very, very slimy.

    >
    > By that same logic, calls from a cell phone to an 800 should be
    > airtime-free, or at least at a reduced rate. They aren't.


    No.

    The specific reason that the payphone charge was levied on people paying
    for incoming toll-free service is because the payphone operators lost $x
    (x usually being between $0.25 and $0.50) per call because no one was putting
    in money to dial the phone. Now, the 800 owners pay the payphone operators.
    If those same payphone operators are requiring coin anyhow and not giving it
    back (and some are), they're double-dipping.

    Not the same thing with airtime. 800 service only affects long-distance
    charges, which are paid by the 800 owner, not the caller. You still use airtime
    on a call to a toll-free number and the carriers still have every right to
    ding you for airtime used on such a call.

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  5. plane

    plane Guest

    "Matt" <m-michaelsNOSPAM@usa.net> wrote in message news:<5Ostc.5400216$iA2.629157@news.easynews.com>...
    > I am going to be in Alabama for a few days and I am on a local rather then a
    > national plan. I am trying to figure out how much calls are from outside my
    > home calling area. Does anyone know this?
    >
    > Thanks


    Why not just change to an america choice plan for 30 days or
    less---you are guaranteed the option to change back to the original
    plan within 30 days--I do this on one of my vzm local plans when I
    travel, even though I also have a f&ca america plan---I liie the
    security of the phone, and I don't want to be worried about
    costs---those roaming charges are always higher than you think they
    will be, and the discussion of pay phones makes my head hurt.
     

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