Long Distance Phone Service: Ratings of Sources
Total of 12 Sources
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Long-Distance Phone Service Comparison
by Editors of SaveOnPhone.com
Our AssessmentRate-comparison site SaveOnPhone.com's editors research long-distance plans in order 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, TCI 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
Our AssessmentAnother 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. For example, AireSpring Global Fibernet's advertised 2.85 cents per minute plan actually costs 3.23 cents per minute when fees are figured into the price. 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.
Residential Long Distance
by Editors of Telcompare.com
Our AssessmentTelcompare.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.
Best Residential Plans
by Editors of LongDistanceSmart.com
Our AssessmentLike 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, TCI and ECG are often the top plans here.
Rate Comparison for State-to-State Calls
by Editors of PhoneRateFinder.com
Our AssessmentYet another rate-comparison site, this one allows you to compare more than 200 different plans including interstate, in-state, international and calling cards. There's also a calculator for researching in-state versus state-to-state call rates. We would have thought that all these sites would have similar charts, but often they don't really correspond. 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. The site also offers to analyze your phone bill free of charge.
by Editors of PhoneDog.com
Our AssessmentPhoneDog.com's phone-service information site includes long-distance service comparisons. By entering your phone number, a list of long-distance providers and the best deals for your area code will appear with all the details such as fees, rates and savings. The site gives you the option to rank carriers by lowest in-state rate, lowest state-to-state rate or biggest yearly savings. Along with plan details and a brief editorial review, each plan is accompanied by extensive user ratings and comments.
Long Distance Comparison and Reviews
by Andy Gray
Our AssessmentPhone 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+ Long-Distance Services
by Editors of CyberScans.com
Our AssessmentCogniState, 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.
Discount Long Distance
by Editors of MyRatePlan.com
Our AssessmentEditors of MyRatePlan.com suggest that if you are paying more than 4 cents per minute for long distance, you should do a little investigating. Rates can be calculated by entering the state, monthly usage in minutes and percentage of calls made in state. However, Pioneer and ECG were the only companies to be recommended when we tested this for almost 30 states. The site also includes discussions of long-distance options, the pros and cons of going wireless, etc.
Best Bets: Residential
by Editors of 1CallSaver.com
Our AssessmentThis 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). TCI 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 claims to be unbiased.
Residential Long Distance
by Editors of TheDigest.com
Our AssessmentTheDigest.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.
Cheap Long-Distance Phone Service
by Editors of Calling-Plans.com
Our AssessmentBased on 14 years of telecom experience, Calling-Plans.com lists 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.