PAYPHONE, PUBLIC PHONE, AND PAY PHONE LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE CALLING
Such As Such As Collect, Credit Card And Coin Calls Plus Prepaid And Billed Phone Cards Consumer guide to frugal living to long distance phone services
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TERM: PAYPHONE, PUBLIC PHONE, AND PAY PHONE LONG DISTANCE CALLING|
DEFINITION: Public phones such as at a hotel, a camp ground, a bar, a park, a highway rest area, a gas station, a convenience store
HOW TO CALL:
CALLING WITH AN 800 NUMBER: Users who belong to a prepaid long distance service can call the 800 number of that service, major telephone company phone card holders can do the same as can prepaid phone card users. After connecting to the service, the user will dial the number as usual.
CALLING DIRECTLY FROM THE PAYPHONE: The caller can dial 0+ the number and the user can either deposit a coin or two, use a charge card or charge the call to a major phone company card.
CALLING COLLECT: See our section on making collect calls.
800 NUMBER: The cost of calling with an 800 number to connect to a long distance service has already been set by the provider. See other sections in this consumer guide to frugal living to long distance services for rates. There may be an additional FCC mandated charge for calling an 800 number from a public or payphone.
CALLING DIRECTLY: You will pay whatever the owner of the payphone charges. This is typically much higher than any other method of calling other than collect.
CALLING COLLECT: The most expensive way to call. See our section on making collect calls.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE FCC (US government agency that enforces the rules for payphone use):
Consumers who make calls away from home should be aware that the long distance and local rates charged from payphones and phones in other public areas like hotels, motels, hospitals and airports can vary. Operator Service Providers (OSPs) provide long distance service (and in some cases, local telephone service) from public and pay telephones. When you place a call from a public or pay phone, the OSP serving the telephone usually handles the call if you dial "0" before dialing the telephone number.
Look at the printed information on or near the telephone. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require each public telephone provider to post on or near each telephone in plain view of consumers the name, address, and toll-free number of the OSP.
Listen after you dial the number you are calling to determine which OSP is handling your call. The OSP must orally identify itself to you at the beginning of the call before the call is connected and billed. You will then be told how to learn the total price of a telephone call including any surcharges by simply pressing no more than 2 digits, such as the pound key, or by staying on the line. This gives you the opportunity to hang up on high rates and to "dial-around" the OSP by following your chosen long distance company’s instructions for placing calls from public telephones (e.g., dial 1-800-XXX-XXXX to reach your chosen long distance carrier; punch in your access code, etc.)
BILLING/PAYMENT: Prepaid services will see the minutes deducted from their account along with the FCC charge (if any) for dialing an 800 number from a public phone. Phone card and credit card users will see the charge on their bills.
EXAMPLE: With a prepaid long distance service, you would simply pick up the phone, dial the 800 number of the service, input your account number (usually your home phone number) and your four digit pin. Then after being told how much money was remaining in your account, you would dial the number as usual:1+AreaCode+Number
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== Cost comparison of making a call at a payphone or public pay phone with a billed phone card, a prepaid card and a prepaid long distance service