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Rate-Cutting Calling Cards

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, you know that making a long-distance call with a calling card can cost a fortune. But what are your options?Dialing direct from a hotel room costs even more. With a debit card, you don't get a detailed invoice-- presenting difficulties for accounting and reimbursement-- and if you lose the card, you lose its remaining value. That brings us back to calling cards.

Competition has reduced rates among the big three (AT&T, MCI, and Sprint), but they still sock you with hefty surcharges that newcomer discount phone companies don't. Here's a rundown of costs for three vendors on four common types of calls: intra-United States; United States-Europe; Europe-United States; and intra-Europe.

Which service is cheaper?You make the call.
-- G.H.

TYPE OF CALL
THREE MINUTES
AT&T
(800/222-0300)
PREMIERE WORLDLINK
(800/848-0681)
VOICE NET
(800/500-9028)
NEW YORK-LOS ANGELES $1.40 $1.00 53 Cents
NEW YORK-LONDON $7.02 $2.50 83 cents
LONDON-LOS ANGELES $7.20 $4.51 83 cents
PARIS-LONDON $12.28 $7.18 $2.13
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