On Wed, 18 Aug 1999 22:40:00 -0400, Judith Oppenheimer
> However, these companies do have local numbers as well, without which
> there'd be no 'ring-to' number to designate pointing the toll free
> number to.
800 numbers with significant volume are generally connected directly
to the long distance carrier. They have no NANPA number. Of course
the companies do, but those numbers don't generally go to the same
places as the 800 numbers, which can have time of day and point of
origin routing. Smaller volume 800 numbers tend to behave as you
Quote:> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Judith, I am wondering if there are
> any longer the type of 800 number which was on a dedicated wire
> pair of its own with no 'ring to' number attached. Do you recall
> the kind I mean? Years ago, you could go into an office and see a
> phone that was the actual 800 line termination itself. It would be
> a one-way incoming line (battery, but no dial tone if you lifted
> the receiver when no call was present). The number plate on the
> phone would even identify it as 800-xxx-xxxx. Usually there was no
> dial or touch-tone pad on the phone; it looked like a manual
> instrument. Next question: is there such a thing as 'banded in-Wats'
> any longer, as far as pricing is concerned?
For significant volume, rates are pretty negotiable. I wouldn't be
surprised if there is some sort of banded pricing in effect, but I am
not aware of any.
Quote:> Finally, is there such a thing as outgoing wats service any longer,
> or has the price for long distance calls in general been reduced to
> the point that no one cares about purchasing X hours of time per month
> as could be done in the old days? Judith or anyone else is welcome to
> answer. PAT]
Again, for enough volume, everything is negotiable. I seem to recall
that in Canada there is even an unmetered evening service for
consumers. This is about the same as outwats. It would surprise me
if nobody was offering businesses flat rate calling in the US for
dedicated access. It isn't too hard to calculate how many minutes
this amounts to.