TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Payphone Surcharges (was: Unanswered Cellphones)

Re: Payphone Surcharges (was: Unanswered Cellphones)
28 Dec 2005 08:27:09 -0800

John Levine wrote:

> The amount the payphone owner charges the calling card company is
> regulated, but you are correct that they can mark it up as much as
> they want. I would think that the obvious solution would be to find a
> calling card that doesn't. It's not like there is a shortage of
> options.

Well, one obvious option is to require payphones to run like any other
business and post its rates clearly on the phone. Today, pay phones
still treat customers like the old days, where toll charges were
instantly available 24/7 by asking the operator, so there was no need
to post rates. Yet, they don't charge like that nor make the pricing
known. That IS sleazy business to hide your costs.

Another example of how modern day phone "competition" screws customers.
But we're just so better off that we got rid of the evil Bell System!

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