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CUB offers tips to cut phone bills

The Citizens Utility Board is holding a free phone-bill clinic to inform Evanston consumers about new ways to cut their calling costs.


The Citizens Utility Board is holding a free phone-bill clinic to inform Evanston consumers about new ways to cut their calling costs.

CUB claims to have shown consumers how to save an average of $200 a year at free phone-bill clinics across the state. This event will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

"Most people are paying too much for phone service," CUB Executive Director David Kolata said. "However, CUB has been showing consumers how to save an average of $17 a month on their local and long-distance bills.
At CUB’s clinics citizens will receive helpful tips about:

  • CUB Cellphone Saver-a state-of-the art online tool that automatically analyzes individual wireless bills, potentially cutting a caller’s costs by hundreds of dollars a year.
  • The new CUB-designed Consumer’s Choice local-calling plans that AT&T is forced to offer under a legal settlement. Unlike AT&T’s other plans, these plans are designed to save most consumers money.
  • Illinois’ best long-distance plans, including how to get an automatic $20 credit CUB negotiated. That amounts to nearly 11 hours of free calls.
  • Line-Backer, a costly-and optional-AT&T service that most people don’t need.

Attendees should bring their phone bills so CUB experts can analyze them and give tips on how to cut them.

CUB is a non-profit utility watchdog organization. It was created by the Illinois legislature in 1983 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers.

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