However, the very highest rates I have seen are in the range of $10/minute for calls to shipboard satellite phones and Antarctic research stations.There are certainly not any numbers anywhere that will be billed at $2,500.00/minute, as some warnings have claimed.
(By "cost of international call carriage" I refer to the cost of carrying the call to the inbound international gateway of the destination country; see the example below.) The settlement may reach as high as $1 to $2 per minute.In particular, I want to be able to say up front that — no matter what options other people want to take advantage of — I don't want to be able to add onto my phone bill the cost of a can of soda, or a charitable donation, or a conference chat with lonely singles in my area, or a psychic reading, or a new refrigerator, or my car payment, or anything else except the cost of connecting my phone to someone else's phone.That's why we have 900/976 blocking, but some people believe that I ought to be able to charge whatever I want on my phone bill, whether I like it or not.Carrying a call ten meters from the inbound switch to a conference bridge in the next room is not what I consider "use of the domestic network." Worse, the charges are often inadequately disclosed, and the consumer has little or no protection against misleading or outright fraudulent use of these international numbers.For what it's worth, I also object to billing anything other than the cost of call carriage on a phone bill.I have yet to see ANY evidence that any of the numbers listed below, or any similar numbers not listed, are charged at any rate different from the cost of a call to the same country on the same long-distance carrier. The only exception, small but likely to grow larger in the future, is that most long-distance carriers now charge extra for calls to cellular phones in many foreign countries, because the inbound settlement includes caller-pays airtime charges.
For example, 1-473-468-xxxx might be a telesleaze number, but you will pay exactly the same amount if you call the U. However, I have not yet seen any evidence of telesleaze operators exploiting that fact.
I realize that I'm in the minority in that view, so we're likely to be able to continue to charge more and more things other than telephone calls to our phone bills.
I do insist, though, that the process be clear and above board, with safeguards to protect against unauthorized or unwanted charges.
The challenge is to demonstrate to me the existence of any wireline (i.e., non-cellular) telesleaze number that carries a surcharge over and above the cost of a call to an ordinary number in the same Caribbean area code or the same non-NANP country code.
In other words, for instance, a 1-284-xxx-xxxx number that costs more than other 1-284-xxx-xxxx numbers, or a 011-683-xxxx number that costs more than other 011-683-xxxx numbers, dialed in the same way during the same rate period (day, evening, weekend, etc.) on the same long-distance carrier.
The cost of international calls has dropped substantially, leaving far narrower margins for kickbacks to service providers.