> I ordered MCI One, and gave out the "personal 800 number" to selected
> A while back I started getting complaints from these people that at
> times when they called the 800 number they couldn't reach me or my
> voicemail. A little bit of investigative work determined that MCI --
> without telling me -- changed the service so that after about 25
> seconds of ringing it would interrupt the call and tell the caller
> "We're sorry, the party cannot be reached at this time, please try
> your call later". This happens just a split second before the
> voicemail has a chance to pick up.
> (3) cancel MCI One and get a 'real' 800 number from another
> vendor. Problem: look stupid in front of my associates and have them
> memorize a different number [BTW, any ideas as to the best provider?]
When you seek out another source for your 800 number, tell them you've
already got an 800 number and you want them to service it. They will
know what to do.
Chances are your best deal will come through signing up for both home
L.D. service and 800 number from the same company. I had 11.9
interstate w/ 6/sec billing and on my 800 number, 12.9 interstate with
6-second billing, but a 30-second minimum. NO MONTHLY FEE! (Unless
my total bill was less than $20 in a month, they slapped a $5 billing
fee on top.)
That was with Unitel in New Jersey, 1-800-UNITEL7
Its MUCH better than you're going to do with the bigger companies. And
paying them NO FEE for a few years makes me wonder why other companies
charge a fee and get away with it.
And I've had no technical problems ever with this company, 800 number or
Formerly an agent, but decided to concentrate on my real job.
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: A lot of the carriers are now including
a provision in their contract which says you agree that when you give
up their service you give up your right to the number as well, or any
right to transfer it to a different carrier. PAT]