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What Price ISDN?

ISDN costs vary widely throughout the U.S. Below is a sampling of rates around the country (all prices are per month, except installation charges)

Ameritech (Middle U.S. states)

Basic Rate Interface (Business/Personal): $33-$37 (IL, MI, OH, WI)

Special Pricing Packages: None

Usage charges: Vary by state

Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: $90.50 (IN only)

Installation: $129-$147

Installation Time: About 10 business days

Bell Atlantic (Mid-Atlantic states)

BRI: Business, $31-$50/month; Personal, $23.50

Special Pricing Packages: Personal, from $31 for 20 hours to $120 for 500 hours

Usage Charges: Per channel, 1-2 cents/minute

Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: Personal, $249

Installation: Business, $100-$170; Personal, $125

Installation Time: About 10 business days

Bell South (Southeastern states)

BRI/Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: Business, $101; $99.50 (NC only); Personal, $53-$72; $26 (TN only)

Special Pricing Packages: Easy ISDN threshold pricing pending approval

Usage Charges: None

Installation: $165

Installation Time: Five business days without special circumstances

Nevada Bell

BRI/Special Pricing Packages: None

Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: $80

Installation: $243

Installation Time: About 10 business days

NYNEX (Northeastern states)

BRI: Business, $36-$90; Personal, $24-$60

Special Pricing Packages: None

Usage Charges: Depends on time of call; 18-38 cents for a 5-minute 128Kbps data call

Installation: $106-$141; $325 (NY only)

Installation Time: About 10 business days

Pacific Bell (California only)

BRI: Business, $24-$26; Personal, $24.50

Special Pricing Packages: None for business; personal usage fees waived at night

Usage Charges: Depends on time of call; 3-15 cents for first minute, 1-13 cents thereafter

Installation: Business, $196; Personal, $160

Installation Time: About 10 business days

SNET (Connecticut only)

BRI (Business/Personal): $50; options extra

Special Pricing Packages: 10 hours, $16.80; 50 hours, $78.75; 100 hours, $147

Usage Charges: Per channel, 2-4 cents/minute

Installation: $265

Installation Time: About 2 weeks

Southwestern Bell

BRI (Business/Personal): $46-$57, includes 10 hours of local usage (AK, KS, MO); $64-$75, includes 80 hours of local usage (AK, KS, MO); OK prices pending approval

Special Pricing Packages: None

Usage Charges: 2-4 cents/minute

Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: $92-$104 (AK, KS, MO); $46 (TX only)

Installation: $250-$400

Installation Time: Not available at press time

US West (Rocky Mountain states)

BRI (Business/Personal): $35-$84 (AZ, CO, IA, ID, MN, ND, NE, OR, SD, UT, WA)

Special Pricing Packages: $50, includes 40 hours (WA only); $68-$84, includes 200 hours (except AZ, CO, SD, UT)

Usage Charges: 2-7 cents/minute (AZ, IA, ID, NE, ND, OR, UT) 5-13 cents/first minute,

2 cents thereafter (MN, NE, WA)

Flat Rates/Unlimited Usage: $63-$184 (except AZ, CO, SD, UT); some packages 2-5 years

Installation: $77-$210

Installation Time: Averages 2-3 weeks

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(From Windows Magazine, January 1997, page 208.)