MCI Raising Rates Yet Again

from the that-didn't-take-long-at-all dept

MCI Worldcom has been raising their long-distance rates as quickly as they possibly can. It was just a couple months ago that they raised most of their rates, and now they’re already raising their rates again. I understand that they’re just trying to turn around their bankrupt business, but all this is going to do is make sure that they lose customers. The story says that analysts expect Sprint and AT&T to follow suit (though, not nearly as high). I wonder if these moves will cause people to more seriously consider alternatives. It’s not hard to see how these rate hikes will lead to good things for providers of other solutions. People are going to start dropping their landline long-distance service in favor of their mobile phones and VoIP services like Vonage. While there have been stories over the past couple years of people doing just that, these rate hikes may finally push a lot more people over the fence.

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