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UniTel

Est. 2.5 cents per minute
Reviewed
June 2013
by ConsumerSearch
UniTel

Pros
  • Very cheap state-to-state calling
  • Good international rates
Cons
  • Monthly fee for minimum usage, paper billing
  • Customer service could be better

Bottom Line

UniTel (Est. 2.5 cents per minute) is a long-distance provider that impresses reviewers with very low state-to-state rates. At 2.5 cents per minute, UniTel's rates are the same as ECG, the top-rated discount company. But UniTel charges a higher monthly fee of about $3; it also charges a 98-cent recovery fee, typical among budget carriers to help subsidize the low rates.

Plans and Pricing

Charges monthly fee. At 2.5 cents per minute, UniTel's fees are the same as ECG, the top-rated discount long-distance company. But UniTel charges a higher monthly fee of about $3, in addition to a 98-cent recovery fee to help subsidize the low rates. The monthly fee is only $2 if you opt for paperless billing, and it is waived entirely for customers who make more than $20 in calls during the month. International rates are low, though not always as cheap as Telna (Est. 4.8 cents per minute) .

Customer Service

Average. UniTel's customer support is by phone and email through their website. We didn't find any reviews about users' experiences with UniTel's customer service, positive or negative.

Our Sources

1. SaveOnPhone.com

SaveOnPhone.com says it monitors about 350 long-distance plans as the basis for this top 10 list. UniTel ranks eighth here. Though SaveOnPhone.com's editors have little bad to say about "one of the most popular calling plans in the country," UniTel's customer service wait time is cited as higher than that of most other companies.

Review: Long-Distance Phone Service Comparison, Editors of SaveOnPhone.com, Not dated

2. TollChaser.com

The prices in the TollChaser.com rankings chart include the universal service fund fees that increase the advertised rates, giving a more accurate picture of the user's actual cost. UniTel plans are rated in third and tenth places.

Review: Continental State-to-State Long Distance Phone Rate Comparison , Editors of TollChaser.com, Not dated

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