FROM FOR THE RECORD (Thursday, July 24, 1997): Correction Idaho telephone charges: A plan to expand toll-free calling areas in North Idaho will cost participating GTE customers $9.72 a month. The additional fee will allow toll-free calls between Post Falls, Bayview and Harrison. Also, customers in Coeur d’Alene, Kellogg and Pinehurst will be able to call one another at no charge if they sign up for the new plan. A story in the July 15 business section of The Spokesman-Review gave misleading information.
GTE Northwest said it plans to expand free calling between some North Idaho towns starting Aug. 9.
Customers in Coeur d’Alene, Kellogg and Pinehurst can call each other at no additional charge. Calls between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint will be toll-free, and Post Falls and Bayview can call each other at no charge.
Monthly rates will not go up for Coeur d’Alene, Harrison, Post Falls and Bayview customers. Those living in Kellogg, Pinehurst, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry will see increases in their monthly bills.
The additional charges will offset costs for GTE, said company spokesman Bob Wayt.
“Some customers may believe this is a money maker for the GTE, but by eliminating some long-distance charges, we have to offset that,” he said.
Customers who do not want to be included in the plan can call GTE at 1-800-483-4100 for residential service and 1-800-483-5100 for business service.
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