TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Overseas Phone Calls Get Cheaper

Overseas Phone Calls Get Cheaper

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 30 Aug 2005 09:16:03 -0400

International Wireless Rates Are Finally Starting to Fall; Six Cents a
Minute to the U.K.

August 30, 2005; Page D1

The last shoe is about to drop in the telephone price wars.

Rates for most land-line and cellphone calls have been falling for
years. A smart consumer can, for example, make overseas calls from a
home phone now for essentially local rates, or even less.
International cellphone calls have been a big exception, however, with
overseas wireless rates remaining stubbornly high over the years.

Finally, that is changing, too.

Some of the big cellular providers, including Cingular Wireless -- a
joint venture between San Antonio-based SBC Communications Inc. and
Atlanta's BellSouth Corp. -- and Nextel Communications Inc., have
started heavily discounting their international rates. In some cases,
it is now cheaper to call overseas on a cellphone than a land line.

This latest development is part of a rapidly changing landscape that
includes a wide range of discount options for international calling,
such as prepaid cards and Internet calling, known as voice over
Internet protocol, or VOIP, where a regular phone is adapted to use a
high-speed Internet connection.,,SB112536357996626281-VVqM2yVRXYgdsAcVntv7_FkCKJc_20060830,00.html

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