How to Shop for Long Distance Telephone Services
Students and visitors to Canada have a variety of long distance services to choose from.
There are three basic systems competing for long distance services. The original long
distance service was provided by the land line based telephone companies. The second basic system
is the cell phone networks. The third basic system is the internet based systems.
Long Distance telephone calls can be made through cell phones. These long distance expenses are huge
and we recommend that consumers never use cell phones to make a long distance call.
Long Distance telephone calls can be made through the local "land line" telephone service providers
at a transient one by one call rate based on time and distance of call. This is the second most
expensive long distance telephone service.
Local telephone service providers also have contracts that provide long distance call
discounts for specific times or specific rates or for a a set number of minutes each month.
Long distance telephone calls can be made through long distance service providers who
work through the local or "land line" telephone service providers. You can sign a contract authorizing all
long distance calls are automatically dialed through a designated long distance call provider.
Some long distance service providers do not work through local telephone service
providers and they require a seperate dialed in phone access number. Consumers do not have to sign
a contract. Users just pay as you use the long distance service fees.
There are many internet based long distance calling card companies that offer connection fees with
lower per minute calling charges. These long distance cards are excellent when making one call to a
single location and talking for several hours to several people.
There are many long distance calling card companies that offer the no connection fee
cards with a flat rate per minute calling fee. These calling cards are best suited for
calling several different locations and talking for less time periods. If the student
makes several short time calls then the no connection fee card is best for their style
of long distance calling.
There are many internet based phone services which includes long distance. Consumers can purchase a
local number, obtain their SIP credentials and use their computer or smart phone to dial out or receive
incoming phone calls. These internet based long distance charges are the lowest available of all three basic systems.
If you want to save money on long distance calls there is new technology that converts your cell phone
into an internet phone. There are independant Internet Phone service providers that are separate from
the cable companies. These services allow you to take your internet phone with you when you travel.
Look for the ESL in Canada "How to shop for the best prices" Seminars.
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