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Ameritech's local calls include three different types of calls and charges, and each of these calls is charged at a different rate under Ameritech's regulated prices.

  • Band A and B calls are the least expensive calls. They are untimed calls - you pay a fixed amount for each call no matter how long you are on the line. These calls are within approximately fifteen miles of your phone. Different per call rates apply at different times of day (peak, shoulder-peak, and off-peak - see below). The total number of zero to fifteen mile calls is shown on your bill, but the phone numbers called are not shown.

  • Band C calls are timed calls to an area beyond approximately fifteen miles from your home, within a "LATA," and to a number served by Ameritech. A LATA is an area set by the federal government, and calls within a LATA are local or local toll, and calls between LATAs are long distance. View a LATA map. These are the most expensive local calls, with per minute charges that are several times greater than the per call charge for Band A and Band B calls. The total number of minutes for Band C calls (of over fifteen miles) is shown on your bill, but the phone number called and the duration of each call are not shown.

  • Local toll calls, or "intraLATA toll calls," are timed calls beyond approximately fifteen miles from your home, but within the "LATA." A LATA is an area set by the federal government, and calls within a LATA are local or local toll, and calls between LATAs are long distance. View a LATA map. These calls are Band C calls if they are made to a number in the Ameritech service area, but if the called number is not in the Ameritech service area, a higher per minute rate applies. Ameritech can provide your local toll calls (including Band C calls) or you can select a long distance company and pay the charges set by that company. A third option is to use a calling card. Calls within a LATA are local or local toll, and calls between LATAs are long distance.

Ameritech customers can find out whether a call to a specific telephone number is considered Band A or B (untimed), Band C (timed), or local toll, at Ameritech's Web site. Ameritech customers can also request a printout of the calls they made in a given billing period twice a year at no charge.

SBC Illinois's rates for local calls, with peak, shoulder-peak, and off-peak pricing:

Band/Per minute rate

Peak:

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
2 p.m. - 8 p.m

Shoulder-Peak:

Monday – Friday 8 am - 9 am 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Off-Peak:

Monday - Friday
9 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday
all day


SBC Illinois Service area (Bands A and B): Up to radius of about 15 miles      
Per minute rate: 4.5 cents per call 3 cents per call 3 cents per call

Band C or Local toll: greater than 15 mile radius within LATA      
Per minute rate: 12 cents per minute 12 cents per minute 12 cents per minute

Local toll outside Illinois Bell/SBC service area within Illinois

     
Per minute rate: 12 cents per minute 12 cents per minute 12 cents per minute
 

Ameritech applies the following discounts to your monthly usage charges for Bands A and B, as of July 2004:

Total Monthly Ameritech Usage Charges % Discount
First $2.60 0
$2.61 - $5.20 34.5%
$5.21 - $10.40 45.0%
$10.41 - $16.95 55%
over $16.95 100%
   

As a result of these volume discounts, the maximum charge for Bands A and B usage is $10.33. Calls beyond 15 miles (Band C) are not included in the volume discount.

In addition to usage charges, Ameritech charges a monthly access or "line" charge of $2.55, $5.53 and $9.00 depending upon how far your phone is from the central office (connection to the telephone network). This is a mandatory fixed charge, unrelated to usage.

Ameritech also offers several package plans, including a package for unlimited Band A and B calls priced at $9.50. Customers taking this rate pay $9.50 for their local calls no matter how many calls they make that month. Remember: the maximum customers can pay for the local calls they make is $10.33 under regular rates.

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