My long distance rate on my Rogers Home Phone is 7 cents/minute with no LD surcharge. Also, years ago, before we got phone competition, long distance helped subsidize local service. Back when I was a kid, it cost around 10 cents a minute to call from Oakville to Mississauaga. A chocolate bar was also a dime then. It's now a local call over that and a much greater distance. Also when you get long distance from Bell, Rogers etc., you get a full toll quality 64 Kb/s connection. Many long distance companies offer lower rates, but only provide a 32 Kb/s (or worse) compressed call. The real cheap ones use voice over IP, which generally works well, but not always. On the other hand, the calls provided by the main carriers tend to be very reliable and consistent.