The Cheapest Way to Make Phone Calls, Send Faxes or Use the Internet

Author: David A. Berger
Publisher: Value Added Services Marketing Group, Incorpo
Keywords: faxes, internet, send, calls, way, phone, cheapest
Number of Pages: 130
Published: 1995-09-01
ISBN-10: 0964965305
ISBN-13: 9780964965300

Book Description:

Contents
QUICK SAVINGS INDEX........................................................................................ iii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS .......................................................................................... iv
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND EDITOR........................................................................ v
CONTENTS ........................................................................................................... vi
INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... x
LOCAL PHONE SERVICE ............................................................................. 1
SECTION 1—LOCAL ZONE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS............................................ 2
Hot off the Press: 3¢/minute Calls!! ............................................................... 2
Discount Plans................................................................................................. 4
Call Forwarding .............................................................................................. 5
Remote Access to Call Forwarding ................................................................. 7
Remote Call Forwarding ................................................................................. 9
Pay Phones .................................................................................................... 10
Foreign Exchange.......................................................................................... 11
Feature Group A (FGA) Lines....................................................................... 12
SECTION 2—MONTHLY CHARGES .................................................................... 13
When Beginning New Phone Service or Adding New Optional Features ..... 13
Measured vs. Flat Rate Service ..................................................................... 13
Lifeline (Reduced Rate Due to Special Circumstances) ................................ 15
Distinctive Ringing Service............................................................................ 16
Caller ID Service ........................................................................................... 18
Caller ID Blocking Service ............................................................................ 19
Suspending Your Service ............................................................................... 20
LONG-DISTANCE PHONE SERVICE........................................................ 21
SECTION 1—CREDITS, INCENTIVES, AND KICKBACKS...................................... 22
Turning a $50 Incentive Check into $100...................................................... 22
Earning $125 Referral Credit on Your Long-distance Bill............................ 24
Earning $1,000 Credit on Your Long-distance Bill....................................... 25
Transferring Coupons and Other Incentives ................................................. 26
Frequent Flier Miles...................................................................................... 27
Receiving Credit for Bad Connections and Wrong Numbers ........................ 28
SECTION 2—OBTAINING THE BEST RATES........................................................ 29
Choosing Your Long-distance Carrier .......................................................... 29
Obtaining the Best Long-distance Rates........................................................ 30
Obtaining the Best International Long-distance Rates with Call Back ......... 33
SECTION 3—VALUE-ADDED FEATURES ............................................................ 34
6-second-increment Billing............................................................................ 34
800 Service..................................................................................................... 36
Calling Cards and Pay Phones...................................................................... 38
T-1 Dedicated Access Lines........................................................................... 41
500 and 700 Service....................................................................................... 42
Collect Calls .................................................................................................. 43
How to Avoid Paying for Operator-assisted Calls ........................................ 44
CELLULAR PHONE SERVICE ................................................................... 45
SECTION 1—CREDITS, INCENTIVES, AND KICKBACKS ...................................... 46
Earning $500 Credit on Your Cellular Bill ................................................... 46
Earning 2,000 Free Minutes of Airtime......................................................... 47
Referral Credits and Cellular Rewards ......................................................... 48
Receiving Credit for Bad Connections and Wrong Numbers ........................ 49
SECTION 2—OBTAINING THE BEST RATES........................................................ 50
Choosing the Best Service Rate Plan............................................................. 50
Roaming......................................................................................................... 52
Personal Communications Services (PCS) and Economy Cellular.............. 53
SECTION 3—VALUE-ADDED FEATURES ............................................................ 54
Voice Mail Services ....................................................................................... 54
Advanced Voice Mail/Paging Services .......................................................... 55
Remote Message Transfer Answering Machines ........................................... 56
Using Your Cellular Telephone as a Beeper ................................................. 57
Three-way (Conference) Calling ................................................................... 59
SECTION 4—CALL FORWARDING TRICKS ......................................................... 60
Saving Cash on Local Zone Long-distance Calls .......................................... 60
Toll-free Calls ................................................................................................ 61
How Cheap is Cheap? ................................................................................... 63
FAX/MODEM COMMUNICATIONS.......................................................... 65
SECTION 1—HOW TO CHOOSE A FAX/MODEM.................................................. 66
General Recommendations ............................................................................ 66
Comparing Fax/modems................................................................................ 68
SECTION 2—FAXING......................................................................................... 71
Eight Important Faxing Tips....................................................................... 71
Computer Faxing vs. Manual Faxing ............................................................ 73
Batch Sending ................................................................................................ 74
Fax Mail Services .......................................................................................... 75
Fax Service Bureaus ...................................................................................... 76
Fax Servers: Faxing Using a Network.......................................................... 77
Fax-on- Demand and Fax-back..................................................................... 79
SECTION 3—INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET ................................................ 80
What is the Internet?...................................................................................... 80
How to Set up an Internet Account ................................................................ 82
E - Mail .......................................................................................................... 84
Talking Via the Keyboard Free ..................................................................... 85
Sending and Receiving Files Free ................................................................. 86
Sending Faxes Free ....................................................................................... 87
How to Receive E-mail Automatically on Your Fax Machine ....................... 88
Other Basic Internet Commands.................................................................... 89
Voice Applications on the Internet................................................................. 93
PHONE SECURITY AND FRAUD CONTROL.......................................... 94
Blocking 900/976 Numbers and Call Restriction ..................................... 95
Avoiding Being Slammed............................................................................... 96
Personal Identification Number (PIN) Security............................................. 98
Cellular Phone Security................................................................................. 99
Warnings about Voice Mail Transfer .......................................................... 100
Insurance ..................................................................................................... 101
PHONENEWS — UPCOMING NEWSLETTER...................................... 102
APPENDIX............................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.
GLOSSARY........................................................................................................ 103
INDEX ............................................................ERROR! BOOKMARK NOT DEFINED.
NEED MORE HELP? .......................................................................................... 111


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