CUB's Local Phone Cost-cutterIf you're like most people, you're probably paying too much for phone service. But, thanks to a plan negotiated by CUB, consumers in AT&T service areas in Illinois now have new ways to save money.
Most AT&T customers will be able to cut their phone bills by switching to one of the Consumer's Choice plans detailed below or the company's standard per-call rates. In fact, if all AT&T customers switched to the plan that best fits their calling needs, the savings would top $23 million a year.
Check out the Consumer's Choice plans and then use CUB's Local Phone Cost-cutter to see how much you can save on your local phone bills. And, when you're done, check out CUB's money-saving tips for Local-Toll and Long-Distance service, too.
Consumer's Choice Plans
|Consumer's Choice Basic||Consumer's Choice Extra||Consumer's Choice Plus|
|Monthly line charge |
plus 30 local calls a month
|Monthly line charge |
plus unlimited local calls
|Monthly line charge, |
unlimited local calls and
choice of two extra calling features
|Chicago neighborhoods, near suburb||$6.03|
|Rest of Illinois||$9.50|
|Downtown Chicago||$ 9.00|
|Chicago neighborhoods, near suburb||$12.00|
|Rest of Illinois||$15.00|
|Chicago neighborhoods, near suburb||$19.00|
|Rest of Illinois||$19.70|
|This plan is particulary good for seniors, people on fixed incomes and others who don't make a lot of calls and want affordable, no-frills phone service.||If you want the simplicity of unlimited local calling, this plan is your best bet.||Even if you choose to buy one or two more extra features, this plan still beats all other flat-rate plans.|
AT&T Standard Per-call Rates
|$7.76 per month||Downtown Chicago|
|$10.74 per month||Chicago neighborhoods, near suburb|
|$14.21 per month||Rest of Illinois|
|* On Janunary 3, 2011, AT&T raised line charges for standard rates by $3. |
|Federal Access Charge||$4.52 per month, per line|
|4 cents per call |
(capped at $10.11 per month, or 252 calls)
Take out a recent phone bill to determine what kind of rate plan you're on.
You're on STANDARD RATES if your bill lists a monthly line charge of between $3 and $12.
You're on a PACKAGE if your service has a name like U-Select, Personal Choice, Economy Solutions, etc.