NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Sprint announced on Monday
a drop in its international telephone rates to as low as 10
cents a minute to Britain on weekends. The new price is
lower than rates offered by AT&T and MCI, which
both charge 12 cents a minute at all times to call Britain.
One reason for the slash in prices is the February
World Trade Organization pact which is opening the
$580 billion global market. State-owned phone
companies are lowering the rates charged to foreign
carriers connecting to their networks, which translates
to lower charges across the board.
Another reason for the declining rates is the
increased traffic in international phone calls, which
allows phone companies to buy network access to other
countries at discount rates.
i guess it pays to shop around and ask questions.
last year i was paying 65 cents per minute to talk
to people in the UK. this January when i got tired
of paying exorbitant long distance prices, so i
called several companies and got it down to 30 cents
per minute, and i was happy. not once did they
tell me about the 12 cents per minute option.
btw, in Britain, even local calls are charged by
the minute. would that mean more time surfing
the web during work if we had that pricing policy
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