TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Cost of POTS, w/o Long Distance

Re: Cost of POTS, w/o Long Distance
Sun, 8 Jan 2006 09:33:00 EST


On a BellSouth POTS line, if no long distance carrier is assigned, a
long distance call cannot be dialed accidentally using 1 + 10 digits,
but you can dial long distance by dialing 101 + the carrier code + 10
digits. The only way to avoid this is to pay for a restricted line,
which is several dollars more per month.

In a message dated 1/8/2006 12:52:29 AM Eastern Standard Time, Ken
Abrams <k_abrams@[REMOVETHIS] writes:

Bob Alan <> wrote:

> You can contact your local ILEC and remove any LD preferred carrier
> arrangement, if you wish. This should prevent any recurring fee, if
> there was one in the first place, but the disadvantage is that if a
> LD call should, even by accident, be placed from your phone, you may
> find yourself assigned to a random carrier for that call, and this
> carrier will bill you at an unbelievably high per minute rate.

I don't think this is true.

If you have specified that you don't want an assigned (preferred) LD
carrier, then a LD call DIALED "by accident" would not complete.

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