It was only a few weeks ago we were discussing the "Cost
versus price" of Touch tone service. I believe we generally agreed
that while touch tone service cost practically nothing, the RBOCs
charged for this "premium" feature based upon perceived value (one of
them marketing terms :-)).
Today in my phone bill was a little leaflet saying that they
will be eliminating the charge for touch tone. The actual text is as
"--Most residential customers have Touch-Tone Service
and pay $1.20 per month for it. The connection charge
is $3. Those charges will be eliminated under the CPUC
order, and all residential customer will receive Touch-
Tone automatically. ....."
"... Also we are proposing that business customers re-
ceive Touch-Tone Service as part of their basic service.
I believe the CPUC document describing this is: "CPUC Decision
Now I'm waiting for Pac Bell to charge a premium for using the pulse
dialing "feature". :-)
Christopher J. Pikus, Megatek Corp.