MCI is my long-distance service provider and has been for years. However, I never use the service because my wife and I use pre-paid phone cards for long-distance. It's much cheaper. That, anyway, is what the wife tells me and she's much smarter about these things than I am.
A couple of days ago, I received a postcard from MCI saying that, effective March 8 of this year, they are imposing a $5.99 per month minimum monthly charge (plus "applicable taxes, fees and surcharges"), and are also adding "an additional amount for the difference between your usage charges and the $5.99 monthly minimum, so that your monthly plan charges are equal to the $5.99 monthly minimum charge."
Until now, MCI has actually paid us 1 cent per month for using online "paperless" billing, for a hefty "profit" of 12 cents per year. Now they have apparently decided they are tired of not making any money off of us and are imposing this arbitrary charge. Simply because they think they can.
Question: Is there any technological or legally mandated reason I even need long-distance phone service? In other words, can I cut it off entirely and still have local service? Note that my wife and I do not do "bundling" of cable TV, internet, and long distance phone service. We do not have cable TV. We currently pay for high-speed internet and local phone service with one company (Charter) and have the long-distance service account with MCI which, as I said, we never use.
Oh, almost forgot to mention. The phone number MCI provided on its notification card guarantees that one is put on hold for LOOOONG periods. Sort of like being put in a room and having to listen to "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" for all eternity.