Free cell phones and mobile services are also available. Each column below describes a different long distance calling plan. Click here for DLD2000.com's ratings of the companies we represent.
* Telrite - Prices quoted are for most customers of Bell South, Qwest, SBC, and Verizon. Click Here and enter your phone number to see what rates are available in your area.
** ECG - You can get these rates with no monthly billing fee if you choose ECG's Easy Pay and Easy Bill options.
Many businesses in Arkansas require long distance plans because they are doing business with other states and even other countries. If you margin is low or you just want to cut your cost for calling out of Arkansas, how do you find the best service? Some things to consider when looking at an Arkansas long distance plan are the cost per month, any additional fees you will have to pay, cost per call, what increments do they bill in, and what personal requirements do they require in order to sign up. If you shop around, in some cases, you can save up to $500 a year by picking the right plan.
In Arkansas, you have several choices on reliable companies to choose from. Of course, you have the big boys such as AT&T, Bellsouth, MCI, and Verizon. In addition, you have some local carriers that are competing with the larger companies and may be able to save you some cost over their larger competitors. Other items you might want to consider are how toll free numbers fit into your plan. The rates for toll free numbers have gone way down. They allow your customers to call in for no fee as well as you can call out state-to-state. You keep the same number even if you move your business. You can use your personal toll free number anywhere you can find a phone.
Another consideration you might want to look at is VoIP or voice over internet protocol. While this is not the standard long distance service, this way of calling out of state, is quickly gaining popularity for both home and business. With this method of calling, you get all the standard features such as 3-way calling, call waiting, call forwarding, etc. free with your service. Most VoIP service plans allow the use of 911 calls. Some VoIP service offer discounts and other incentivizes for signing up.
Some of the other attractive features available with VoIP are account management, voice mail, email alerts, free in-network calling, online call logs, and audio conferencing. You will need a service provider, a phone adapter, and a high-speed internet. Most business has the high-speed internet service with a provider. They just need to obtain the phone adapter. The disadvantage of this service is you cannot take it with you unless you can take the adapter.
Calling out of Arkansas does not have to cost a lot if you shop around and consider the many options you have for meeting your needs. That includes long distance plans, toll free numbers, and VoIP.
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