on Long Distance
Calls with BigZoo
Rate comparisons and actual costs
Summary of BigZoo services
And % savings with BigZoo (best viewed in courier font)
Rate USF Taxes
3.9 incl incl 3.9
---- + no monthly service fees
1010636 ( 5.0 + 4.9%)
+ 8.5% 5.69 31.47%
( 7.0 + 4.9%) + 8.5% 7.97 51.05% +
CarrierLineFee of $0.99
(10.0 + 7.2%) + 8.5% 11.63 66.47% + CarrierLineFee
USF fee is added to subtotal,
and is then itself taxed with total charges!
A double wham charge!
And, these totals don't include monthly service fees!
3.9 cents/min Instate, out-of-state(except
to Hawaii & Alaska).
Use it like a phone card from any phone
in the USA.
Use it for in state, out state, local
toll calls, even 1 min local calls!
Rate applies 24 hours x 7 days a week.
No monthly minimum like those in ATT,
MCI & Sprint.
Tax is already INCLUDED in rate (typically
8.5% of taxes)
Universal Service Fund already INCLUDED
in rate (4.9% of charges)
Must prepay in set amounts ($5,10,20 or
50) with VISA or MC credit card
Six month expiration from date of purchase
or date of any recharge.
When using from payphone or hotels, surcharges
apply (~55 cents).
Billing statements on Web only.
Dial tollfree access number, then PIN#
(home#+4digits), then phone#.
When dialing in, remaining credits &
minutes are reported.
Press "#" after entering each number to
skip reports to speed up dialin.
Also can begin dialing access numbers
as reports are being read.
Can disable reports via your web account
to speed up dialin.
Recommend using quick dial to enter dial-in
numbers from home phone.
Some reports of busy signals during evening
hours by customers.
No customer phone service - assistance
by email only.
Therefore, recommend buying only $5 increments.
When minutes are used up, you're call
Can use with local phone carrier WITHOUT
subscribing to a LongDist carrier.
Local phone carrier charges ~$1.04 access
fee/mo for not having LD carrier.
But LongDist carriers charge the same
access fee nevertheless.
International calling rate are available
More info at http://www.bigzoo.com/faqframe.asp
I give Bigzoo my nod of approval.
It has been working well as I have dropped my long distance carrier
altogether. Looking over my phone bills over the last five months, I've
calculated that I could have saved about $135 (about 350min long distance
calls per month). I was paying about 10 cents per minute with MCI, including
their 5 cent Sundays. You can see an example of my BigZoo online
billing statement. It clearly shows that I'm getting exactly what I
pay for. No additional fees, taxes, or monthly minimums. Very nice!
Some more useful tips:
Use one account for business calls, another
for personal calls, to easily keep track of business expenses.
If you live with housemates or room mates,
you can all have your own accounts to simplify bill payments.
Use it for 1 minute local calls.