Originally Posted by nwsflash
Thats loads different to the UK, we have the B.T phone book and you can request to have your number (mobile) added if you wish too... I learn every day, I did not know that you pay for incoming calls to your mobile in the US as we don't in the UK mind you we only really have three mobile phone companys that are any good.
I wasn't aware of that. I thought that idea of billing both sides was universal.
There is one US carrier (Sprint/Nextel) that doesn't bill for incoming calls. But all the others (Verizon, Cingular, T-Mobile, etc.) bill for "airtime". So as long as you are talking on your phone, where you made the call or received it you are billed.
Some of the carriers play with the way they calculate airtime. For example, I have one of Cingular's pay as you go plans, so I get billed by the minute. Recently I received a call and when I ended the call the timer showed 49 seconds. But then I got the call bill noticed and I was charged for 2 minutes. The explanation was I was billed for airtime which starts when my phone rings. Since I didn't pick up till the thrid ring, that time was included.