Charter Communications Inc. has chosen Inland Empire and High Desert as the first two California communities it will connect to its new Charter Telephone service.
The lifeline service will offer unlimited local and long distance calling and a bank of popular call features such as caller ID, call waiting, speed dial and anonymous call rejection for $39.99 monthly to customers who also take Charter digital video and high-speed Internet service. Customers who opt for stand-alone telephony service will pay $44.99. Voice mail is also included for a limited time.
The service taps existing phone lines and requires no additional equipment installation. As part of the telephony launch, Charter is offering the first month of service and installation free.
“We are the only company in this area to offer digital cable television, high-speed Internet service and now telephone on the same fiber optic and coaxial cable lines directly to the home on a single bill,” said Tom Tomkins, Charter’s vice president and general manager for the Inland Empire.