>>$25.00 service charge, and that the rate was $2.75/month. Calls will
>>be billed at $0.29/minute during the day and $.2175/minute during the
>>evening. This sounds very similar to the numbers you have now, and
>>cheaper than MCI's personal 800 service, which is $5.00/month and
> MCI's personal 800 number is MUCH cheaper ... no $25 service charge
> ... only $2/mo (with Primetime) and .225 a min day and .1083 evenings/
> weekends (with Primetime). Even at the $5/mo rate it would take over
> eleven months to make up the difference; and the calls are .25 day and
> somewhere around .20/min other times.
Personal 800" costs $9.50/month. This entitles you to one hour of
calls to and from your home during plan hours. Calls to your 800
number outside plan hours are billed at $0.225/minute. After the
first hour, calls to your 800 number during plan hours are
Without the "PrimeTime" option, the charge is $5.00/month, and calls
are always $0.25/minute, regardless of time of day.
It does appear that MCI is cheaper with the PrimeTime option.
However, the main disadvantage I see to MCI's personal 800 service is
their use of "security codes." Although I'm not certain, I would
assume that once a caller dials "your" 800 number, they must dial
(presumably from a TouchTone(tm)-equipped phone) an access code to
active the ringing of your home phone. The Telecom*USA numbers do not
I was not aware of the $25.00 hookup fee until I had answered half of
their questions. I agree that the $25.00 charge makes the offer less