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All You Can Eat

Say goodbye to per-minute long-distance charges and hello to bundled services.

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This story appears in the May 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Per-minute long-distance phone charges are an endangered species. They won't disappear from the landscape overnight, but increasingly, you'll see flat-rate options for long distance and other landline phone services.

They may appear as all-you-can-eat rates, still-cheaper buckets of minutes, or discounts on various service bundles. For example, Verizon Freedom for Businesscombines unlimited local, toll and domestic long-distance calls for about $50 per month per line. Additional discounts are available for DSL connections and toll-free customer numbers if you also sign up for Verizon ONE-BILL, which consolidates all your wireline and wireless service charges from Verizon and its sister companies on a single bill. Designed primarily for businesses with up to 10 lines, Verizon Freedom for Business is currently available on the East and West Coasts but is rolling out nationwide.

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