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PAYING FOR WHAT IS USED MEANS SAVINGS FOR MANY RESIDENCE CUSTOMERS

 PAYING FOR WHAT IS USED MEANS SAVINGS FOR MANY RESIDENCE CUSTOMERS
 CLEVELAND, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Would you be willing to pay a set amount of money each month for groceries even if it was more than the food actually cost?
 In a sense, that's exactly what many residential telephone customers who have flat rate service are doing each month. Under the service, customers pay a set amount each month regardless of how many phone calls they make.
 But many residence customers would see a monthly savings if they switched to another local service calling plan.
 "We've been saying for years that a significant number of our telephone customers could save money with a usage-based plan," said L. Sue Miljanich, Ohio Bell vice president of sales. "We estimate that about two thirds of the 1.8 million customers now paying for flat rate service would save money with one of our usage-based calling plans."
 About 23 percent of Ohio Bell's 2.4 million residential customers have already decided in favor of one of its usage-based calling plans.
 With Ohio Bell's flat rate service, residential customers pay a usage charge of $8.55 per month for local calling, whether or not they make any calls.
 The company's three usage-based calling plans are:
 -- Call Plan 30, which carries a monthly usage charge of $2.90, includes 30 local calls per month. Additional calls cost 8 cents each.
 -- Flexible Call Plan has no fixed monthly usage charge. Customers are charged based on the distance and duration of the calls they place and the time of day those calls are made. Applicable rates are discounted 50 percent for calls placed on any night (from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.), and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
 -- Minute Line, which also has no fixed monthly usage charge, charges daytime rates of 1-1/2 cents per minute for local calls and 14 cents per minute for qualifying Ohio Bell toll calls. Both rates are discounted 50 percent for calls placed on any night (from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.), and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
 In addition to usage charges, all residential customer accounts are billed a $6.70 local access line charge and a federally mandated customer line charge of $3.50.
 For example, based on a monthly average of 120 five-minute calls (assuming 90 calls at day rates, 30 calls at discounted rates), here is a comparison of costs to the customer:
 Flat Rate: $18.75
 Call Plan 30: $20.30
 Flexible Call Plan: $18.60
 Minute Line: $18.08
 -0- 9/22/92
 /CONTACT: Keith Jameson of Ohio Bell, 216-822-4548/ CO: Ohio Bell ST: Ohio IN: TLS SU:


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