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Johanne Torres[October 14, 2004]

AT&T CallVantage Now Local?

BY JOHANNE TORRES


If you thought Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (define - news - alert) calling plans were getting complicated, brace yourselves, because AT&T (quote) just added another knot to the equation. The telecomm giant-turned-VoIP provider says it will now offer an “unlimited local VoIP calling service plan,” priced lower than its regular CallVantage plan.




The new AT&T CallVantage Local Plan, priced at $19.99 per month, will allow users to receive unlimited local calling and also access the entire AT&T CallVantage Service advanced feature set. Under the new local plan, callers will be able to place toll and long distance calls in the U.S. without additional charges. They will also be able to call Canada for 4 cents a minute. Other International calls will be billed at established rates.

"The AT&T CallVantage Local Plan was designed to serve the needs of those customers who make relatively few long distance calls, but who are looking for an economical, feature-rich, local service alternative," said Cathy Martine, AT&T senior vice president for Internet Telephony. "This plan provides the best of all worlds, unlimited local calling, very competitive long distance rates and access to a complete suite of powerful calling features including voicemail." "Now customers can choose between an unlimited local plan for $19.99 a month or the original unlimited local and long distance plan for $29.99 a month," said Martine. Both AT&T CallVantage Service plans are available through many of the nation's leading retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City and TigerDirect.com.

This new plan will be available starting this coming Sunday, October 17. As with the first introduced CallVantage calling plan, users will benefit from enhanced features including call waiting, three-way calling, call forwarding, "Call Logs," to track incoming and outgoing calls;

"Do Not Disturb," to receive calls only when wanted; "Voicemail with eFeatures," to listen to messages from any phone or PC and forward them to anyone on the Web; "Simple Reach Number, which enables customers to add up to nine telephone numbers with area codes anywhere in the country where AT&T offers residential VoIP service for $4.99 per number; "Personal Conferencing," to set up meetings with up to nine additional callers; and, "Locate Me," which rings up to five phones, all at once, or sequentially (long distance charges will apply to calls forwarded to non-local numbers).

Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.

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