Calls made within one state
Initial/Minimum Billing Increment
The minimum unit of time usually 1 minute or 30
seconds a provider bills for a completed
domestic phone call. are typically billed in 1
Additional Billing Increment
The unit of time charged for each call after the
initial billing increment. With a one-minute
additional billing increment, the calls are
charged in minutes whether a call is 10 seconds
or 30 seconds past each minute.
An additional charge above the usual charge for
Toll Free Call
A call that does not involve a charge to the
caller, such as a call to a number with an 800,
888, 877 or 866 prefix.
Monthly Service Fee/Charge
Charges for basic each month.
The minimum amount of long distance required
each month for the rate given without a service
Fee that carriers charge for each month
including taxes charged by the state.
Calls made from one state to another
Local Toll Call
A call that travels further than a local call
and costs more; (in CA, a call of 13 or more
miles). Also called local
Carrier Line Charge
A monthly fee that each carrier charges for each
Calls made between countries. You must dial
special prefix codes to make international
calls, for example 011 in the US and 001 in
Japan. Calls made from within the US to Canada
are usually considered to be domestic, not
international, calls. Calls to other countries
can be expensive on a per-minute basis.