$20 Credit Available to New Customers of Pioneer Telephone

September 8, 2008

Maine residents who sign up for a long-distance phone plan with long-distance rates that are among the lowest available can get a $20 incentive to do so, the Maine Public Advocate Office said Friday. This is an unexpected bonus associated with the consumer advocacy group's campaign to help people trim their phone bills. However, Pioneer is recommended only for customers of “New FairPoint”, in the former Verizon territory.

Pioneer Telephone, a small long-distance carrier based in Portland, Maine, informed the Maine Public Advocate Office that it was eligible for sales commissions. "We said that we couldn't take money for advising consumers through our Ratewatcher Telecom Guide," said Richard Davies, Public Advocate, "but we did negotiate a deal to pass along more savings to consumers."

Maine customers who dial 1-877-492-6878 to get Pioneer's service should ask for the OPA discount, which is a $20 credit. Changing long-distance carriers will trigger a $5 charge from local phone carrier FairPoint, which the $20 more than compensates for, Davies said.

“Moving to a low price long-distance carrier like Pioneer is one of the many money-saving recommendations of the Public Advocate that may be found in our 20-page Ratewatcher Telecom Guide”, said Wayne Jortner, Senior Counsel to the Public Advocate. The guide is available by calling 287-2445 or by visiting www.maine.gov/meopa

Contact Information:
Wayne R. Jortner
Richard Davies
Office of Public Advocate
(TEL) 207-287-2445
(TTY) 888-577-6690