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Long Distance Calls - Which Plan for You?

Most of us are probably paying more than we should for our long distance calls. Jane Bryant Quinn says, " If you’re like me, you’ve got better things to do than to count up your long-distance minutes, calculate their day and night cost, then call six carriers to see which one would be the cheapest." There are some simple ways to lower your long-distance bills. Telecommunications Research & Action Council (TRAC) suggests:

1st - Don’t jump at a special deal offered for a few months - ask what you’ll be charged when the "special" ends. Sometimes the rates are then higher and you can not return to your previous low rate.

2nd - Don’t trust ads and the telemarketing reps who call claiming they can save you money. Check out TRAC’s "Web Pricer" at - you can enter your actual phone bill and let TRAC find the best plan for you.

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