Long Distance Phone Service: Ratings of Sources
Long Distance Phone Service Comparison
by Editors of SaveOnPhone.com
Rate-comparison site SaveOnPhone.com's editors research long-distance plans to offer ratings of the best plans. At our last check, the rate-comparison chart featured nearly 30 plans. The top five include ECG, Pioneer, Telna, Total Call International and Covista. Telna is recommended for international callers, and it gives you a special access number so you can get low international rates from your cell phone.
Continental State-to-State Long Distance Phone Rate Comparison
by Editors of TollChaser.com
Another online rate-comparison site, TollChaser.com offers a number of tools to analyze your phone bill, resolve a dispute and find the cheapest plans. The site also factors in universal service fund charges to the quoted per-minute rates, giving you a better idea of your final cost. ECG's 2.5-cents-per-minute plan comes out to 2.77 cents when the monthly recovery fee is figured in. Plans from ECG, Pioneer and UniTel are top rated here.
Best Residential Plans
by Editors of LongDistanceSmart.com
Like the other sites, LongDistanceSmart.com lists the cheapest plans by state. You can also filter results by entering your usage estimates. We appreciate the fact that in-state rates are easy to find. Pioneer, Total Call International and ECG are often the top plans here.
Residential Long Distance
by Editors of Telcompare.com
Telcompare.com is similar to SaveOnPhone.com. However, while there are details about rates and fees for most companies, the ratings appear to be in no particular order. Some plans get a detailed review, while only basic information is given for others.
Rate Comparison for State-to-State Calls
by Editors of PhoneRateFinder.com
This comparison site allows you to compare more than 200 plans, including interstate, in-state, international and calling cards. There's also a calculator for researching in-state versus state-to-state call rates. While most of these sites have similar entries, the order varies a lot. Several CogniState (now out of business), UniTel and Covista plans occupy top spots here, along with AmeriCom's Simplicity. ECG is not included in this chart. Also included, for comparison sake, are mainstream plans from Verizon and AT&T.
Long Distance Comparison and Reviews
by Andy Gray
Phone professional Andy Gray maintains this website dedicated to cheap phone services, including long-distance, VoIP and toll-free number providers. Comparison charts are provided. Pioneer and Telna get an Editor's Choice designation for long-distance, with Opex and AmeriCom also getting solid ratings.
1 Plus Long Distance Services
by Editors of CyberScans.com
CogniState, ACCXX Long Distance, Opex and Covista each earn ratings of 5 stars out of 5 at CyberScans.com. However, CogniState is no longer an active phone service provider. Since there are no negative comments here, it's hard to tell whether these picks represent editors' recommendations or are the result of paid product placement.
Listing Of Domestic State Rate Pages
by Editors of ABTolls.com
This site presents information about long-distance rates, organized by state. Rate information from the telecom companies is put into a standardized database and then reported in day, evening and weekend time slots. ABTolls.com receives a commission if you purchase one of these services through their website.
Best Bets : Residential
by Editors of 1CallSaver.com
This site runs a list of the top 32 residential long-distance plans. It seems to favor plans with no or very low monthly fees, even if the per-minute charges are a bit higher than other plans. ECG is in the top spot with its 2.75-cents-per-minute plan (including fees). Total Call International and Telna hold other top ratings on the chart. The site, which does not seem to have been updated in some time, receives commissions from some of the companies listed but says it is unbiased.
Cheap Long Distance Phone Service
by Editors of Calling-Plans.com
Based on 14 years of telecom experience, editors at Calling-Plans.com list their top plans by price per minute. The top 10 all are less than 4 cents per minute. Billing increments, minimums and other fees are noted but not added into the calculations. The site also has a rate calculator to refine options.
Residential Long Distance
by Editors of TheDigest.com
TheDigest.com is a good source for telephone industry news and views. It also provides this chart of long-distance services using VOIP that provides information on per-minute charges, minimum charges, fees, billing increments and billing methods. To get recommendations, the site requires you to enter your home state and the country you dial most often. Users can provide their own ratings, but most companies have not received much feedback.