Local phone service
Competitors are lining up for a share of the local telephone service market in Ohio, offering packages combining local service, long distance and features like Call Waiting and Caller ID for a set rate on a single bill. Rates vary based on the number of long-distance minutes and the number of features selected:
First Communications: Rates from $23.99 to $32.99 monthly. Choose between 30, 60 or 200 free long-distance minutes.Talk America: Rates from $22.95 to $37.95 monthly. Unlimited long distance to other Talk America customers; other long distance billed at 3.9 cents per minute.AT & amp;T: Rates from $25 to $29 monthly. Choose between paying more for reduced long distance or unlimited long distance or keep current AT & amp;T plan.MCI: Rates from $32.99 to $49.99 monthly.Choose between unlimited long distance or reduced rates for calling non-MCI customers.
CoreComm:Rates from $27.95 to $58.95.Some plans offer 75 free long distance minutes and unlimited Internet, reduced rate for other long distance minutes.
Communication Options:Rates from $34.95 to $59.95.Higher priced plan offers unlimited Internet and 75 free long distance minutes.
Source: Company Web sites

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