Margins in Consumer Telephony

Here is a little observation on telephone margins that is dear to my
heart. Below is a list of rates (in US dollars per minute, taxes and
other fees not shown) for various methods of calling from the US to a
land-line in Australia. The last four options use VoIP.

SourceCarrierAdd-on PlanAdd-on $/monthRate
Land-lineAT&Tnone – Peak-$4.00
Land-lineAT&Tnone – Off-peak-$2.76
MobileAT&TWorld Connect$3.99$0.09
Land-lineAT&TOccasional Calling$1.00$1.75
Land-lineAT&TWorldwide Value Calling$5.00$0.09
Land-lineTime-Warner Cable


Land-lineAT&T CallVantage




As you may see, there is a 27000% range in these numbers. Even with
that one carrier there is a 100x range. Plenty of opportunity for

Hopefully it is useful to be aware there can be some very
rates for ex-pat Aussies to call home if they are away from
their preferred carrier.

I have been quite satisfied with CallWithUs, if anyone is interested.
They even have a call-back feature if I want to call from my

While I'm on the topic, I should also mention this helpful message I
got from my wireless (mobile) provider (although they are no longer my

When you're on the go and don't have the info you need, AT&T 411
is here to help. Whether you're searching for a business or residence
- dial 4-1-1 to get quick access to phone numbers and addresses. Plus,
with AT&T 411 you can find movie times, driving directions and
more. And it's just $1.79 per call plus standard airtime charges.\*

Thanks for the reminder - I will be vigilant to avoid that $1.79
charge, and stick to 1-800-FREE411...

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