Total Call International

Updated April 30, 2013
Total Call International

Bottom Line

If you live in the 15 percent of the United States that isn't served by a larger company like AT&T or Verizon, reviewers say your best option for long-distance phone service is Total Call International (Est. 3.9 cents per minute). The company has better international rates than ECG, and customer service has six language options, including Spanish. It bills in six-second increments, while several other companies bill in one-minute increments.

Plans and Pricing

More expensive but available nationwide. The company bills in six-second increments, while many other companies bill in one-minute increments, and there is an 18-second minimum call time per phone call. It also offers a plan that costs 2.9 cents per minute, but there is a $15 monthly fee, so it's a better deal only if you make a lot of long-distance calls. You'll pay more on average for domestic calls than you would with the most-recommended service for the other 85 percent of the United States, ECG .

ProsBest alternative if you're not served by ECG or Telna, Good international prices, Multilingual customer serviceConsHigher domestic rates than other companies, Slow startup process for some, Billing and payments online only