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post #4 of (permalink) Old 2013-12-02, 07:44 AM
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Location: Mississauga
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Until VoIP came along, when you made a phone call, local or LD, you had exclusive use of the channel, which is much more expensive than packet switching that VoIP uses. Those trunks are still in use, though they are much less expensive than they used to be. I recall, when I was a kid, LD charges varied with distance, time of day and day of the week. It cost about a dime or so per minute to call from Oakville Ont. to Mississauga and overseas calls were dollars per minute and had to be booked in advance.
Also, at one time, long distance charges were used to subsidize local service.

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