• Report: #642473

Complaint Review: MCI (aka Verizon) & AT&T

  • Submitted: Mon, September 20, 2010
  • Updated: Sun, November 07, 2010

  • Reported By: Kenn — norfolk Virginia U.S.A.
MCI (aka Verizon) & AT&T
Internet United States of America

MCI (aka Verizon) & AT&T Long distance providers for Cox Communications Military base overcharging on basic training barracks charges Internet

*General Comment: very sad

*Consumer Comment: The problem is the pay phone.

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 My son-in-law was in basic training . They are not allowed to keep cell phones and are only allowed Sunday calls at a certain time from  pay phones in the barracks.
 They charged over 2 dollars a min. for a reversed charge call. Or you can use a calling card and they charge 40 min. to connect you.
 Perhaps I am out of line but it seem like these young folks and their significant others (who are accepting calls) are being fleeced by the phone companies.

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#1 General Comment

very sad

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

That is our government for you AKA "UNCLE SAM". He always wants to jip anyone anytime, including our very own troops starting out in basic training. :(

Greed will bite back hard in the end.

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#2 Consumer Comment

The problem is the pay phone.

AUTHOR: Flynrider - (USA)

  Making a reversed charge or collect call on a pay phone is always going to cost big.   Pay phone owners are feeling the pinch since virtually everyone has access to a cell phone these days.   They should be considered a phone of last resort.  Keep in mind that most pay phones are privately owned and their owners pretty much set the prices, not the long distance carrier.

  Since your son-in-law is forced to use a pay phone, the most economical option is still the calling card.   The 40 min. charge to connect the call is not charged by MCI/Verizon, but it is the charge that the pay phone owner collects.    On a $.03/min phone card, that's about $1.20.  Sadly, that's as good as you're going to get when a pay phone is involved.

  I use an MCI/Verizon card when travelling and to make long distance calls from my home phone.   It's a pretty good deal as long as you stay away from pay phones.

  I agree with you that the military should allow their members to use regular phones to place calls with a calling card.   It wouldn't cost them anything and it would amount to substantial savings to their recruits.

 

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