MCI To Raise Fees on 19 Long Distance Plans

The PhoneDog
Mascot from  Charleston, SC
| May 31, 2006

The heat will be on for MCI long distance subscribers in June as the monthly recurring costs on 19 so-called ?block of time? long distance plans will be increasing by as much as $2 per month. Affected plans include:

  • Bonus Block 200 ? Increases $2 to$14.95
  • Bonus Block 250 - Increases $2 to $21.99
  • Bonus Block 500 - Increases $2 to $31.99
  • Bonus Block 700 - Increases $2 to $41.99
  • Bonus Block 1000 - Increases $2 to $51.99
  • Nationwide 200 - Increases $1 to $10.95
  • Nationwide 200 Instate - Increases $1 to $13.95
  • Nationwide 300 - Increases $1 to $10.95
  • Nationwide 300 Instate - Increases $1 to $13.95
  • Anytime 200 - Increases $1 to $11.95
  • Anytime 200 Instate ? Increases $1 to $15.95
  • Select 200 Plans (all options) - Increases $1 to $15.95
  • Select 200 Instate (all options) - Increases $1 to $15.95
  • Select 200 Interstate (all options) - Increases $1 to $11.95
  • Anytime 300/Anytime Choice 300 - Increases $1 to $11.95
  • Anytime 300 Instate/Anytime Choice 300 Instate - Increases $1 to $15.95
  • MCI Select Savings 300/MCI Signature Savings 300 Advantage Option - Increases $1 to $11.95
  • MCI Select Savings 300 Instate /MCI Signature Savings 300 Instate - Increases $1 to $15.95

All fee increases are set to take effect June 1, 2006.

Consumers who choose to remain with MCI as their long distance provider should call MCI customer service to determine if there is a better plan to meet their calling needs. For example, subscribers to the Nationwide 300 plan may want to consider switching to the MCI Nationwide 300 Extra Savings plan, as users get the same number of minutes and a lower overage rate (5¢ versus 9¢ per minute on the Nationwide 300 plan) for $1.45 less per month.

Source: Telecommunications Research and Action Center. http://www.trac.org