Sometimes, your standard long-distance plan from your phone company is not the best for you.
Here are some alternatives that may allow you to save some money, while still using your existing phone company line.
This means that “You do not cancel your phone line with your existing phone company, and, you do not need to use your internet to make long-distance calls.”
None of the following alternative requires you to change from your existing telephone company – in all cases you simply use your existing phone line to make, possibly, cheaper long-distance calls.Your long-distance plan, with you existing phone company, may be cheaper than any of these alternatives – you must check carefully before you change because once you do, you may not be able to get your old plan back. (and you would become angry with me for your mistake!)
Here we go…
Context: The scope of my research for this post is limited to Lac Harrington, Quebec, north of Montreal and specifically to the 819-687 area code/exchange. Any prices for services and resulting calculations reflex pricing in this location – yours may be different. For example, just 16 km south of 819-687, the monthly cost for a voip.ms telephone number drops by $1.00 USD per month.READ THIS FIRST: If you don’t have any long-distance plan, Bell will still allow you to make long-distance calls, but at their standard rate of $0.35 per minute plus a ‘connect fee’ of $2.95 per month for each month in which you make even one long-distance call. For example, if you make a one minute call, it will cost you $2.95 plus $0.35 – $3.30 for a one minute call! The ‘connection fee’ is charged once per month when you make the first LD call in that month and is valid for that month only. For example, if you make a LD call November 30, you will be charged $2.95 for the month of November. If you then make another LD call December 1st, you will be charged the $2.95 ‘connection fee’ for December. You are always charged $0.35 for each minute that you talk. To ‘protect’ yourself from these charges, you could simply set up a Yak.ca or Necctelecom.ca account. These services just ‘take over or intercept’ any LD call made from your Bell Canada phone line, and, are about 10 times cheaper per minute, and, have no ‘connection fee’. It is a simple ‘safe guard’ against surprises on you Bell bill.
Here is a long-distance cost calculator, based on the rates as of January 2015, for the 819-687 area code-exchange. Just enter the number of LD minutes used daily and it will do the ‘cost calculations’ for you:Yac.ca: Uses your Bell Canada phone line. No contracts or minimums. Simple to set up. Simple to use – you just pick up your phone and dial. $0.035 per minute to Canada & USA. Necctelecom.ca: Uses your Bell Canada phone line. No contracts or minimums. Simple to set up. Simple to use – you just pick up your phone and dial. No GST or PST $0.029 per minute to Canada. $0.039 per minute to USA. Voip.ms “A”: Note: All voip.ms amounts are charged in US currency. Uses your Bell Canada phone line. No contract or minimum usage charge other than monthly charge of $0.85 USD.
Requires minor set up. Simple to use. Just dial the local phone number given to you, dial a password (like ‘1212’) and then dial the number that you wish to reach. Charges GST & PST. $0.0142 USD per minute to Canada. $0.0190 USD per minute to USA. $0.85 USD monthly charge. Voip.ms “B”: Note: All voip.ms amount are charged in US currency. Uses your Bell Canada phone line. No contract or minimum usage charge other than monthly charge of $4.25 USD. Requires minor set up. Simple to use. Just dial the local phone number given to you, dial a password (like ‘1212’) and then dial the number that you wish to reach. Charges GST $ PST. $0.0052 USD per minute to Canada. $0.0100 USD per minute to USA. $4.25 USD monthly charge.
Note: If you live in an “area code/exchange” where you can obtain a phone number from Anveo.com, instead of voip.ms, it would probably be less expensive to do so.
Here is a 10-10-100 long-distance calculator:
There is a fixed cost of $0.25 per call, for the first 15 minutes (whether you use all 15 minutes or not) and then you are charged an additional $0.04 per minute for every minute over 15 minutes. Example: A 2 minute call will cost $0.25. A 16 minute call will cost: $0.25 plus $0.04 = $0.29.
Here is a 10-10-610 long-distance calculator:
Using this service, you are charged $1.00 per call but you have unlimited minutes to talk per call. This would be good to use if you were negotiating “Peace in the Middle East” or discussing the “seating arrangements” at a 250 person wedding – that is, it is only inexpensive if you are making a very long phone call.
There are additional, less expensive, alternatives that I know of. But they involve using your internet to place long-distance phone calls – you need a “good”, non-satellite, High Speed internet connection to use them. By using the internet, you can even have totally FREE long-distance to Canada and the USA!
If you know of additional ways to save money on long-distance calls, please “post” a comment below to share them with the world!