What is your long distance charges?
The fees also calculated the actual charges for calls is one of the most confusing things about your long-distance phone service. These fees and how they are calculated, helps you avoid paying more understanding, than you should be for your long distance.
For example, can sign up for a long distance $0.07 cents-per - minute-price and be fairly satisfied with your negotiating skills, but is that really what you pay? Did you read all the fine print? You ask the right questions? There are many things that apply when your long distance charges are calculated. Here are a few things to make sure that you about ask and understand.
State verses out of State calls
You get a great offer of $0.05 per minute long distance carrier, but you know, that the rates advertised typically prices for State, only calls? The long distance carrier can this fact obviously, but not seldom thus obscured. You must read the fine print, and specially what within your own State costs are questions long distance. National calls are typically anywhere from $0.08 to $0.13 per minute by most airlines. A few may be better deals but have, so most of your calls to locations within your State be sure that you specifically about State rates questions.
Monthly service fees
You have a $0.07-per-minute rate and feel pretty good about it. However, there is a $4.95 per month service-fee that you pay to get the rate. Is this a good deal? Maybe, maybe not. The important question: do you how many calls? Let's look at an example.
We suppose that you an average of 150 minutes away from yak per month. If you are a $0.07 per-minute rate get with a service fee of $4.95, you actually pay slightly more than $0.10 per minute:
$.07 * 150 + $4.95 $15.45 = / 150 = 10,45 cents per minute
Of course, the more you talk, you save more... or at least depending on the cost per minute will be lower. The key is your calling habits know.
Charges per minute
Other aspects that may affect the fee per minute are things like minimum call length, minimum total long distance charges, time-of-day prices and billing increments. Let's see how they work.
Minimum call lengths
Let's say that you get a display for a long distance, that you numbers $0.10 per minute for calls. (Like most of us), assume that this a three minute call will cost $0.30. But with some airlines, there is a minimum call length to get the quoted per-minute rate. It could be said, will receive $0.10 per minute, but in the fine print says it costs $0.50 minimum call. If you someone's answering machine and attach stand up to let a 20-second ad, you pay even $0.50 for the call.
You have even a minimum amount you have to pay for calls per month. For example some long distance carriers require a minimum in long distance calls anywhere from $20 to $30 per month. To pay this amount, even if you make any long distance calls.
Long distance carriers break rule the day in two tariff periods. By 7 o'clock in the morning until 7 in the evening, is the "peak" period and gets the highest charged. From 7 till 7 o'clock in the morning in the evening, is considered "Off Peak" and gets the lowest charged prices. There may be different rates for weekends and weekdays. Just because they say $0.07 does not mean just that you get this course around the clock. This could vary with long distance carriers, so make sure that you know when the best times to call are.
How long is a minute? Sixty seconds? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. Contact your long distance carrier to see what billing increment, using your long distance for the calculation of the length. It is a 60-second interval, a second minute is billed when you talk 61 seconds. If there will be a 30-second interval, then a minute calculated if you talk for 31 seconds. If it is a 6-second interval, a full minute is billed only after you have spoken for 55 seconds. (If you are connected for 30 seconds, you are only half-a-minute charge.) From this you can see that it is of course better to look for a smaller increment.