AT&T's rates for long-distance calling within California will drop 7.7% Monday--the result of an order that state-imposed savings from reduced connection charges paid to local phone companies be passed on to customers.
The $128.5-million reduction will lower the cost of a prime-time five-minute call between San Diego and San Francisco, via AT&T, from $1.93 to about $1.77. The same call placed between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. will drop from $1.46 to about $1.35, and the rate for calls between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. and on weekends and holidays will become about 88 cents instead of 96 cents.
A similar call between San Diego and Los Angeles will drop from $1.66 to $1.50 during prime time, falling to $1.12 during evening hours and 75 cents at night and on weekends and holidays.
The reduction also applies to AT&T Wide Area Telephone Service (WATS) and toll-free calling. The private-line rate will drop 1.8%.
With the new rates, the cost of a Los Angeles-San Francisco call over AT&T's network in the two years since the breakup of the Bell System will have dropped 27%, from $2.42 to $1.77, the company said.