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BTL has done it again #70481
07/02/03 09:29 AM
07/02/03 09:29 AM
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Posts: 13
seabreeze Offline OP
seabreeze  Offline OP
As of yesterday, BTL is not allowing anyone to access an AT&T operator, requiring you to use their services and making calling cards purchased in the US useless. mad

Re: BTL has done it again #70482
07/02/03 09:43 AM
07/02/03 09:43 AM
Joined: May 2002
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o jackie Offline
o jackie  Offline
Do you know if this going to be a permanent thing?

Re: BTL has done it again #70483
07/02/03 09:56 AM
07/02/03 09:56 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 77,116
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

Marty  Offline
heck, go with the flow. just wander over to the BTL office and buy a couple cards and call simply. i've had so much trouble using various cards from the US over the years i don't even deal with it anymore. just pay btl. then the cards work grand.

Re: BTL has done it again #70484
07/02/03 11:47 AM
07/02/03 11:47 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 13
seabreeze Offline OP
seabreeze  Offline OP
I believe it is permanent. I wouldn't mind using BTL services if they were reasonable. Now to call the US it is $1.75/min and $2.50/min to Canada (BZ$). My AT&T card was about 33cents/min US.

Re: BTL has done it again #70485
07/03/03 12:14 PM
07/03/03 12:14 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 256
Belize City, Belize
mayatravel Offline
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The low lifes did discontinue ATT service from phones, other than a few they have at their offices in Belize City.

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Re: BTL has done it again #70486
07/03/03 01:38 PM
07/03/03 01:38 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 77,116
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

Marty  Offline
If the new developments at Intelco gave consumers at
least a glimmer of hope for lower telephone and
Internet rates, a decision taken by B.T.L. has dealt a
severe blow to the pocketbook of some enterprising
Belizeans and visitors from abroad. As of the first of
July, consumers can no longer access international
operators to use U.S. prepaid calling cards. Originally,
those cards, sold by AT&T, Sprint and M.C.I. in the
United States, were used primarily by North American
visitors who found that they could call home for as
little as thirty-five cents U.S. per minute instead of
the dollar seventy-five Belize charged by B.T.L., along
with the ample surcharge invariably added by their
hotel. It wasn't long before industrious Belizeans
learned the same trick and soon the calls, made with
Sam's Club discount cards via B.T.L.'s 115 operator,
were cutting significantly into the local phone
company's profit margin. Well, all that ended on
Tuesday when B.T.L. decided to discontinue access to
the international prepaid operators. Public Relations
Officer Suzette Tillett initially told News 5 that the
service had not been dropped, only changed to bypass
the overworked B.T.L. operators. It turned out,
however, that the new number given for the service,
871, does not work for prepaid cards, only for regular
credit cards or U.S. residential accounts--at rates no
cheaper than B.T.L.'s. Tillett later corrected the
misinformation, but added that the prepaid card
service does remain available from special blue
phones in major Belize City hotels or at the B.T.L.
office. Outside of that it's back to the drawing board
or 10-10-199.

Re: BTL has done it again #70487
07/07/03 09:43 AM
07/07/03 09:43 AM
Joined: Nov 2002
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Pedro1 Offline
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Fortunately there is a silver lining to this. A major hero has burst on to the scene to help all those poor people that have to call the U.S. of A..At huge expense and at great personal cost Pedro1 ,at Coconet Internet, will allow and help people to make calls( is he not the nicest person on the planet)

Re: BTL has done it again #70488
07/07/03 10:11 AM
07/07/03 10:11 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 7,057
South Texas
Chloe Offline
Chloe  Offline
WOW, Pedro you are the greatest.

Dare To Deviate
Re: BTL has done it again #70489
07/07/03 07:35 PM
07/07/03 07:35 PM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,336
toad Offline
toad  Offline
its good to be king

Re: BTL has done it again #70490
07/07/03 07:42 PM
07/07/03 07:42 PM
Joined: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,123
San Pedro& Indiana
indygal Offline
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Wouldn't know about being King, but monopoly is sure profitable. The peasants always seem to find a way around unfair practices of the King.
Thank you Peter, will be in to make an occassional call. Pam

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