The phone system in the US can be quite confusing to most foreigners. For instance, there are local phone companies and long distance companies to choose from. To establish a phone line, you must call SBC ), and apply for a residential phone service. There are actually so many options to choose from, it would help to visit their web site at http://www.sbc.com before calling. Most people I know order flat rate local toll with call waiting. This way, even though you use your modem all the time, you only pay a fixed amount of fee per month. If your annual income is below a certain amount, you may apply for universal life line service, which means saving a couple of dollars each month. After all this, you have to choose from a long distance company, because without one, you will either have to use calling cards or special connection numbers (like 1010 numbers) to call places outside a mere several miles from where you live. A huge list of these companies can be found on Yahoo.
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