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Posted: 3:33 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Long Distance Deals

Clark's favorite calling and voice plans

Long distance phone plans:

  • Google Voice - Free calls & text messages to the U.S. & Canada. Also allows you to use a single number that rings you anywhere, and get transcribed messages delivered to your inbox, among other features.
  • - 3.9 cents per minute for state-to-state calls. No minimum usage requirements, but the company has added a .99 cent monthly fee. New customers get 100 free minutes.
  • American Telecom Network - 4.9 cents per minute on state-to-state calls. No activation or monthly fees. CALL 1-888-ITS-GREAT for more information.
  • - No longer a monthly fee and no minimum usage fees. Interstate calls are between 4 and 5 cents a minute. Intrastate rates vary depending on the location of the calling party. Calls outside the continental United States may be substantially higher. Members get $5 in free calls to other BRW members each month.
  • - 3.9 cents a minute with 6-second billing. A monthly service charge of $1.99 applies if you make less than $20 of calls each billing period.
  • - 2.5 cents if you use a local access number; 2.9 cents otherwise, except if you use a payphone. No monthly fee. Comparable international rates.
  • - Pricing starts at 2.7 cents a minute for some state-to-state calls and to other Pioneer members. Consider this plan only if you make more than $15 in calls each month. Otherwise, you will be charged a 99-cent "low usage fee."
  • Total Call International - 2.7 cents a minute for state-to-state calls. Only consider this plan if you make more than $20 in calls. Otherwise, you'll be charged $2.50 a month. Higher per-minute plans available with no fees.


International calling plans and devices:

  • - IDT's GlobalCall is a pre-paid rechargeable calling card that offers good international rates for calling back to the States.


PC-to-phone or PC-to-PC services:

  • - A one-time purchase of around $200 give you lifetime VoIP phone service with no monthly bills ever again. Of course, "lifetime" means the lifetime of the company, not your lifetime!
  • - Make free phone calls all over the world to anyone else who has the Skype software on their computer. Download program from the site and talk with your friends and family for free!
  • Yahoo! Voice (formerly - Free PC-to-PC calls between Yahoo! Messenger users. Long distance PC-to-phone calls within the United States are 2 cents, while international rates vary.
  • net2phone - Net2Phone now charges 2 cents a minute for calls from your PC to any telephone in the US. International rates vary.

Calling cards:

  • Costco Wholesale/Verizon - The Verizon calling card at Costco has changed again. Now, you can buy a 700 minute card for $19.99. That's less than 2.9 cents a minute for your calls. Plus, Costco now has international calling cards that never expire and are instantly rechargeable.
  • Sam's Club/AT&T - Sam's Club and AT&T have teamed up to offer several pre-paid cards. These include a 1,500-minute card or a 20-pack of 100-minute cards, all costing about 3 cents a minute. Shipping is included in the price.  


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