IRVING, Texas -- GTE today introduced a
long-distance flat-rate calling plan for consumers. The new plan,
which offers residential customers a 14 cents per minute rate,
is yet another step in GTE's successful long-distance strategy.
With GTE's One Easy Rate(sm), consumers
can make direct-dialed long-distance calls to anyone, any time,
anywhere in the United States for just 14 cents per minute.
"This plan truly takes the guesswork
out of long-distance calling," said Rob McCoy, president
of GTE Long Distance. "No more watching the clock, waiting
for discount rates to take effect. With our plan, it's One Easy
Rate, what we believe is the best flat rate you will find, all
The plan has no monthly or enrollment fees
and is initially available to consumers in 27 states where GTE
also offers other services.
"There are several types of consumers
who benefit from a flat-rate plan -- those who do most of their
long distance calling during the day, and those who like the simplicity
of one rate, no matter when they call. We're happy to be able
to offer these consumers an affordable flat-rate calling plan,"
McCoy added. "And, we're even more pleased to be able to
bring it to them at such an attractive price."
Consumers interested in enrolling in GTE's
One Easy Rate should call 1-800-GTE-3737.
Last month GTE unveiled its flat-rate plan
for business customers' domestic and international calling needs,
which also offered rates as low as 14 cents per minute.
GTE, the first of its peers to enter the
long-distance business, began offering long-distance service in
March 1996. To date, the company offers service in all 50 states
and has amassed a customer base of over 800,000 customers nationwide.
One of the largest publicly held telecommunications
companies in the world, GTE is also the largest U.S.-based local
telephone company and a leading cellular-service provider in the
United States -- with wireline and wireless operations that form
a market area covering about one-third of the U.S. population.
Special note to editors: The following chart
compares GTE 's One Easy Rate(sm) to other plans:
* Information current as of December 19,
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- President: Robert (Rob) McCoy
- Headquarters: Irving, Texas
- Media contact: Barbara Bellinghausen, 972-717-8203
- Entered long distance market on March 4, 1996 in Michigan
- Long distance service now available in all 50 states.
GTE offers the following calling plans for
savings on all their long distance calling. Consumers who spend
$10 per month on long distance will save 10 percent. Those who
spend $25 per month, will save 25 percent. For a $25 a month customer,
that means rates of about 10 cents per minute during off-peak
hours (after 7 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends and holidays)
and about 20 cents during peak hours.
of making direct-dialed long distance calls to anyone, any time,
anywhere in the U.S. for just 14 cents per minute. The plan has
no enrollment or monthly fees and is available to consumers in
27 states where GTE also offers other services.
For business customers, GTE offers
the following plans:
customers savings of up to 35 percent depending on usage volumes
and term commitment.
usage, the GTE Easy Savings(sm) Flat Rate Plus Plan offers
a per minute rate as low as 14 cents. The plan carries no monthly
fee and has a minimum monthly usage requirement of $10. For businesses
with lower monthly usage, the GTE Easy Savings(sm) Flat Rate
Plan has rates as low as 15 cents per minute, depending on
term commitment. The plan has no minimum usage requirement and
carries a monthly fee of $5.
customers one low per-minute rate per country called. No matter
what time of day or night the call is placed, the price per minute
is always the same. For example, calls to Great Britain are a
low 45-cents per minute.
For more information on these plans, residential
customers should call
1-800-GTE-3737. Business customers can learn more by calling 1-800-PICK-GTE.