Local, Regional, and Long Distance Toll Calling Areas
Charges for Local Calls
A local call may still have a charge. Charges for calls in your local calling area are determined by the type of local calling plan you have selected. Whether a local call still has a charge depends on the type of calling plan that you have.
If you selected a flat rate plan, you can make unlimited direct-dialed calls to the local calling area for a flat monthly charge.
If you have a measured rate plan or a message rate plan, you are charged for each direct-dialed call you make, in addition to the monthly charge for the plan itself.
Find Your Local Calling Area
The most accurate source of information about your local calling area is the Consumer Guide section of your local Verizon phone directory.
Your local calling area is a geographic area defined by your home exchange (prefix) and your LATA (Local Access Transport Area).
Your local calling area determines the numbers you can call without incurring a charge.
Your home exchange includes all of the phone numbers in your immediate community which share the same local calling area.
Your exchange numbers are the three digits immediately following the area code — as in ### 722-####. The home exchange is always a part of your local calling area, though your local calling area may include additional exchanges and surrounding communities.
LATAs define geographical boundaries of local telephone service networks. The LATA boundaries are drawn by the federal government and determine which phone companies can provide local and toll service for each area.
Fundamentals of Regional Toll calling
To understand the difference between local, regional toll and long distance calls, refer to the diagram and definitions below.
A local call is placed and received within the local service, or local calling area. Verizon currently provides local calling services within your regional calling area.
The Local Call Summary, on your Verizon bill, may include fees for regional toll calls also. These calls are not within your local calling area but are within your LATA (Local Access Transport Area).
LATAs are geographical boundaries set by the federal government and determine local calling areas and extended calling service. In comparison, InterLATA calls are made outside of your LATA and are generally considered long distance calls.
Any call which generates a toll, whether a local toll call or a long distance call can be handled by a provider of your choice. Many companies now provide both IntraLATA (local and local toll service) as well as InterLATA (long distance service) plans.
Regional Toll Calls
A regional toll call is placed outside the local service area but within your regional calling area or LATA. These calls are known in the industry as IntraLATA calls; they are not local but not quite long distance.
Your local calling area and extended calling area are determined by your service plan and by regional boundaries called LATA (Local Access Transport Area) that are drawn by the federal government. Because of their proximity to the local calling area, regional toll calls are not regarded as long distance calls. However, since regional toll calls connect in areas beyond the local calling area, they are treated as a unique type of call. Regional toll calling areas vary from region to region Please consult the Consumer Guide section of your local phone directory for information about regional toll calling areas.
Long Distance Calls
A long distance call is one that is made from one regional calling area or LATA to another. These calls are referred to as InterLATA calls.
The Difference Between Regional Toll and Long Distance
Regional toll calls are calls that reach beyond your local calling area, but remain within the Verizon regional toll area.
Your local calling area and extended calling area are determined by your service plan and by regional boundaries called LATA (Local Access Transport Area) that are drawn by the federal government. Because of their proximity to the local calling area, regional toll calls are not regarded as long distance calls. However, since regional toll calls connect in areas beyond the local calling area, they are treated as a unique type of call.
Long distance calls connect to points outside of your LATA regional boundary. The Customer Guide section of your Verizon local directory is your best source of information about local calling and regional toll calling areas.