What Long Distance Phone Companies Still Exist?

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Long distance telephone service may seem like a thing of the past, but it is still very relevant today. If you are in need of inexpensive long distance for your landline, there are plenty of companies that can provide that for you. We show you the best long distance phone companies here on SaveOnPhone.com, but there hundreds of providers in the United States. Needless to say, you have options.

So, what long distance phone companies still exist?

The Big Names

The big names in long distance calling are AT&T and Sprint. These are the ones that have been around the longest and have developed the strongest customer bases. These companies, and the alternatives mentioned below, have one thing in common. They operate through the same fiber optic phone lines. That means that no matter which service provider you work with, you should get the same call quality across the board. The only difference is the price you have to pay for your service.

The Smaller, Cheaper Phone Companies

There are a lot of long distance companies that are able to undercut the prices of the big names because they buy services in bulk and don’t spend money to advertise their services. They still provide use of AT&T or Sprint’s network, but they do so at a lower rate. This allows you to get phone service you can depend on without having to pay as much as the large long distance providers want to charge you. You get the best of both worlds.

To put this into perspective, think about a company like Apple. Apple makes plenty of money selling their products through Apple stores, but they also make money selling their product at Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers. Because those stores buy Apple products in bulk, they are able to get them for a lower price than the everyday consumer. Thus, they are able to sell the products for less than what you might buy them for at an Apple store. This is not always the case, but it goes to show you the beauty of bulk buying and its impact on the prices you pay.

Here are some of the best long distance phone companies on the market today:

How to Choose between Phone Providers

When you try to compare what long distance phone companies still exist, you need to look at the price each company charges per minute. Some will charge 2.5 cents per minute, and others may go as high as 5 cents per minute. Once you have narrowed your options to a few, low-priced companies, you need to look into the fees they charge for your state. This will vary from one company to the next.

You should also compare the cost of monthly fees, activation fees, billing increments and international calling. The volume of calls you make may also have an impact on the price you pay.

Changing phone providers will likely take about 7-10 business days to complete. Be aware of that as you may still have to pay your existing price until everything is finalized. Once the process is complete though, you will be able to make long distance calls with your new provider and probably pay significantly less per month to do so.

About John Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of SaveOnPhone.com. He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.