Are 10-10 or Dial Around rates better than
regular long distance rates?
They definitely can be (especially for
international calls), BUT BEWARE.
What about long distance like 1015335 or 1010220 that bills a
10 or 20 minute minimum charge?
Unless you know the caller is there and you will be talking at
least 20 minutes, you should NOT use these services. What if you get
an answering machine for 30 seconds. At the 99 cents they make sound
so cheap, that is now $2 a minute!!
Millions of times per year people get stuck
with a 99-cent bill for a call that lasted one-minute or less with
So, always use a phone plan that has a low,
one minute minimum rate or less.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !
That said-- there are services and occasions that a Dial-Around
can be great. The best services usually offer very competitive
international rates. The other advantage to dial around for special
calls is that, like a calling card, they can be used from virtually
any phone in the US.