Ring Charge

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Jan 23 13:33:47 2003

On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, Hans Franke wrote:

> > The going rates for businesses in our area (south Texas, using
> > Southwestern Bell) is to bill by the minute, with start/stop time and
> > ring-time measured and billed in 6-second increments. If your party
> > answers before the 3rd ring, there's no ring charge. It they answer
> > between the 2nd & 4th ring, there's a 6-second charge. If they answer
> > after the 4th ring, there's a full minute charge.
> By Jove! That's the most ridicoulous thing I ever hered after
> being introduced to roaming charges in the US... Are you for
> real? YOu are jokeing, right?

Yep, for real. Some phone companies will not ring the line for more than
so many rings these days. After the phone rings for a certain amount of
time, a message will come on saying something like "the person you are
calling is not home". The idea is that it costs them in energy bills for
the 90VAC ring.

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