part 1 What you need to know about toll free calls.
Everyone uses toll free numbers almost everyday. Look in “Yellow Pages of your phone book, nearly all of businesses have a toll free number for you to call them.
Okay so what is a toll free number?
A toll free number is a number that rings to your home telephone number and you pay for call and not person that calls. I can hear you saying “Why would I want to pay for someone’s call to me?”
Good question and here’s answer.
Let’s say you have a son or daughter in collage. He or she has several options to call home. Direct calls, collect calls, calling card, prepaid calling cards, and toll free.
Direct Calls – Unless your son or daughter attends collage in same city you live in, collage will not let them make direct dial calls.
Collect calls – Most collect calls cost you $4.95 just to make call then 25 to 50 cents a minute. This can add up to about $15.00 on average call. Make ten calls and you are looking at $150.00 added to your phone bill every month.
Calling Cards – Your phone company provides you with a calling card and they sure do want you to use it! Look on back of their card, (in fine print) at charges, most charge you 75 cents to make call and 25 cents a minute. But that’s not all; if your son or daughter is using a payphone (which is what is most likely in their dorm) they also charge you a payphone fee of 75 cents to $1.50 to make call. So you add up charges 75 cents + 75 cents to $1.50 payphone fee + (let’s say call is 20 minutes long) 25 cents minute x 20 minutes = (using 75 cent payphone fee) $6.50 per call. For 10 calls that adds $65.00 to your phone bill every month. Don’t forget that with your calling card in their hand they are free to call their friends too!