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November 11, 2006


For the past two weeks, I have been unable to make long-distance phone calls. Yes, I am even more technologically backward than I have fully admitted in previous posts!

When I moved in with David in September, 2002, I inherited the long-distance calling plan he and his former roommate, Josh, had in place. It was a very expensive international plan, which they had gotten when Josh was dating a Norwegian woman. As David never makes long-distance calls (except when I am out of town), I paid for the whole thing. Month after month, I felt as though I was getting screwed by AT&T, paying through the nose for an international plan I never used and an additional seven cents a minute for the calls I did make. In the spring of 2003, I spent a lot of time out of town visiting grad schools (only to end up right back here at UM), and found pre-paid long-distance cards a cheap alternative.

When I returned to Ann Arbor, I told AT&T to take its plan and shove it, and I signed up for pre-paid long-distance service with BigZoo.com, which is no longer in business. When BigZoo went out of business, I switched to Pingo.com, which worked very well until about two weeks ago. Then, inexplicably, my calls stopped going through. This is not a problem of exhausting my account -- according to the website, I still have $8 of pre-paid long-distance calls. I will probably just have to bite the bullet and get a new long-distance carrier, but I'm putting it off as long as possible in the hope that Pingo will magically start working again.

So, if you live outside the 734 area code and are wondering why you haven't heard from me in a while, this should explain all. I can still receive long-distance calls, though, and I would love to hear from you!

Posted by eklanche at November 11, 2006 08:46 AM


It's not that I don't make long distance calls, it's just that I prefer to make them from those phones of which I am not encumbered with the bill.

Posted by: dmerch at November 16, 2006 11:15 AM

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