Long Distance

I received my phone bill for the month of November and about fell over!  I could not believe what my long distance part added up to!  It has NEVER been that!  EVER!  I thought, WTH did I do?  Who did I call?!  How can this be?!

A while back, I can’t remember how long, I took one of the phone company’s bundled offers.  They have all kinds of packages to meet all kinds of needs for all different price ranges.  Now that I think of it, what made me switch was that  I was sick of having the local charges plus charges from AT&T for the long distance.  AT&T promised 7 cents a minute, but I rarely got that and that promise cost me $7.95 a month.  With the phone company, which I have to use anyway, I’m saving at least $15 a month now that I have a package.  I get local phone, unlimited DSL,  and long distance, which includes 60 minutes of free long distance a month,  for one low price.

So, when I saw the bill I couldn’t believe it.  I can’t believe I’m going to tell all of you….Don’t be mad!  Don’t give advice!  Breathe, breathe.  Ok, here goes….My long distance portion of my bill for November was a TOTAL of 2.3 minutes.  23 cents!  I KID YOU NOT!  I made a total of 3 calls that whole month that went over my 60 free minutes.  Which means I only talked 62.3 minutes the whole month!  Even I was in shock!  Did I really not call that many people?  Did I really not talk anyone’s ear off?!  What was I doing?!  Believe me I was very happy, but still can’t believe it.

So, what’s the most or least your phone bill has ever been?  Don’t be afraid to tell us.  No one will criticize because I’m sure we’ve all been there done that!

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14 Responses to Long Distance

  1. SKL says:

    I quit counting my minutes long ago. I make “long distance” calls only from my cell phone, and since I have a national plan, it doesn’t cost me anything “per call.”

    Our land line went out of order over 6 months ago and we didn’t even notice until recently. Who needs it? Too much aggravation.

    I probably had a few hefty bills back in the day, but I am pretty cheap in general, so I’ve gone many months without a single penny of long distance charges – even before there were “national plans.”

  2. Joy says:

    I’m gonna be a fuddy duddy now but I don’t have any idea of what our phone bill is. Paul pays the bills and I honestly don’t know what it is. PAUL, you will have to answer this one.

    I do know years ago, my long distance bill was awful since I used to call one of my aunts in Canada an awful lot. I’m sure it’s quite high now. For me to call almost anyone I would call, it’s long distance. It’s long distance for me to call the town I supposedly live in. I do know I use a calling card now to call a few friends in Canada. Really the only person I yak the most with is my brother and I’m sure those few times a month calls are spendy. Paul never says anything though so it must not be that bad. Now I’m anxious to see what others say. I know my cell phone bill is atrocious.

  3. Vicki says:

    Ive had some rather ‘large’ long distant bills in the past, alot of international calling, i even had the 6. a month international calling plan to where i could get cheaper rates..UK .07 a minutes..lol

  4. mssc54 says:

    Well if you want a contest on long distance bills… WE NEVER PAY FOR LONG DISTANCE!! Ha beat that. lol 🙂

    We don’t have any long distance providor on our land-line because we have free long distance on our cellular phones.

    We too bundled our phone, high speed internet and cable. It knocked our bill down over $120.00 a month!

    But the tricky part is our business lines. We did have two seperate businesses but combined them into one. So we did have two seperate business lines and was paying about $160.00 a month just for the basics (which included, call waiting, *69, call forwarding). The problem we encountered was the fax number. We did have ring master on the one business line (a regular ring for the business number but two short rings for the fax number) so we would know when we needed to answer the phone or let it go into the fax. Just within the last year MA BELL came up with a plan that allowed us to completely get rid of the one business line and add the fax number (with ring master) to our main business number! Sweet dea!!! The problem had been that it was impossible to forward the one business line to my cellular phone and still have the fax work. Bummer. And since I NEVER unforward my (main) business line from my cellular phone that wouldn’t work.

    So we’ve gotten rid of one business line and to be honest I can’t remember who we have our business line with but I think it’s AT&T. But since we only use the business long distancfe to send faxex it’s not that big of a deal. 🙂

    The theing that BOTHERS ME THE MOST is that every couple or three months AT&T calls my biz number to “speak to the person in charge of your business line.” They have some latest, greatest way to save me money. Heck I don’t spend more than $5.00 a month on long distance now! So I just tell them (in a polite, professional manner of course) “Would you PLEASE take me off your call list. It’s worth $50.00 a month to me just not to have to re-research all this stuff again. I’m happy with our plan so please stop calling. Good luck with your next call.” 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    I also have a cell phone and get free long distance, but I don’t live in an area where my phone always works at home and if it does work, I’m usually standing on one foot, arm in the air, doing the twirly dance! That’s what I get for living in the country I guess! So, that’s why I have a land line. That and the DSL!

  6. Just a Mom says:

    Joy ~ don’t feel bad, I don’t know what my phone bill is either!
    The largest one I remember was when my brother was in the Navy probably 15 years ago it was $300. He would call collect and talk to my mom for hours!

  7. Karen Joy says:

    Our phone bill,land line is very low.I talk to one aunt in AZ(from Canada)and my siblings are long distance but we pay 5cents a minute and it never adds up to much..a few dollars a month.Now our cell bill is another story,especially in the peak busy season for my husband.Somehow people pass that number around and instead of calling our home and we get a HUGE cell bill!Terrible plans,no way around that.

  8. Since my mom and I have relatives in the US and Canada [we live in Israel] we’ve managed to find a really good separate company to do our long-distance calls through – so we get to talk for hours with family and not pay much at all!

  9. Nikki says:

    My internet and phone bill average $100-$120 a month. It’s about $50 for each, then with adding taxes and surcharges and whatever else they decide to charge you for! I don’t know if that’s expensive or cheap…I just pay it! I’d say the largest bill we’ve had is maybe in the $300 area.
    I just got a cell again (thanks P&J) but it’s pay as you go which I think are great! I can never go over my minutes!
    My land line I have 500 long distance minutes for $15. I don’t know what it is if I go over because I have never gone over. If people call me it’s free.

  10. darrylf says:

    Vonage 24.99 a month unlimited calls and all long distance is free including canada mexico. You need high speed internet, Ive had good luck with them for years but recently I’v had some problems but it will get worked out I think I need a new router.

  11. Tessa says:

    we pay around $100 for 2 cell phones and includes long distance free with it. They charge WAY too much, one day it should drop.

  12. TRS says:

    I have a cell phone and a land line and all told I spend about $100 a month.

    funny story though, when I was in my 20s – I moved to another town for work and ended up in a House of Many People (one of the guys was a co-worker) for a few months while I got oriented with the town and found my own place.

    Well, it was the guy’s parents house – who were in the military and left him to rent out the house to friends while they were gone (this was in the days before everyone had a cell phone) so we all shared the land-line. We were 3 guys and 2 girls (and two cats, a dog, an iguana a ferret and a guinea pig – but I digress.)
    When the phone bill would come, Mark would have a heart attack and then ask us to figure out all of our own calls. The other girl and I would have $30-$50 worth of calls each. The guys had like $3.

    Mark would have a fit and start to lecture us about spending that much on long distance –
    until I said, “Mark, why does it matter? It’s not like we’re not going to pay for it. I budget that kind of phone bill every month… don’t worry, I’ll pay for it.”

    Common sense finally ruled – but not before he admitted that he was just raised not to have that kind of phone bill and didn’t realize that other people valued it differently!!

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