The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 23
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 23

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 3, 1996
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL. MONEY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1996 03 T CELLULAR PHONES Pre-paid cell phones can save Airfare comparison Destination From Salina From Wichita Phone goes dead when time runs out, so bills don't run you down By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salinn Journal Budget-minded consumers shying away from cellular phones over fears of long-term service contracts and high bills have a new service option. Pay ahead. The proliferation of pre-paid phone calling cards has led to the next inevitable step: Pre-paid cellular phones. At least two area companies offer consumers cellular phones pre-set to allow a limited amount of air time. When the time is used up, the phone goes dead. The number of minutes varies according to the amount of money paid. Additional time is added when the user makes another payment. The advantages to regular cellular service, say the providers, is there are no long-term service contracts, no credit checks, and the user has more control over his or her monthly bill. With IOU Telecommunications of Marion, consumers buy a phone, but there is no extra charge for making calls outside a particular service area, called "roaming," or making long-distance calls. Colortyme, 1219-B W. Crawford, rents cellular phones, but charges for roaming and long-dis- tance calls. "Pre-paid cellular is really directed to people who don't qualify for regular cellular service," said Mike Connor, president of IOU Telecommunications, in Oakland Park, Fla. "Across the country, over one-third of people don't qualify or are required to put up a hefty deposit." Connor's sister, Pam Jones, Marion, is the sales agent for IOU for Kansas. "Some companies buy these phones for their employees as a way of budgeting (air) time," Jones said. "They'll say we'll give you $50 or $100 a month. After that, it's up to you." Although Jones is wholesaling the phones direct, the company also is seeking retailers to sell its phones in Kansas cities. The company, which formed this year, has about 400 such dealers across the country, said Connor. The company hopes to sell between 100,000 and 300,000 pre-paid phones in the next year, he said. With IOU, consumers pay about $300 for a hand-held cellular phone. They purchase air time in increments of $25, $50, $100 and $250. Users also are charged a monthly access fee equal to a minute a day at the regular calling rate, which for users in Salina is now 47 cents a minute, said Jones. That equals $14.10 a month. The minute-per-day access fee is deducted out of the air time the Pre-paid phone cans • Colortyme 1219B W. Crawford 825-6791 • IOU Telecommunications Pam Jones, sales representative: 124 N. Freeborn, Marion (316) 382-2020 or toll-free, 1-888-982-2020 user chooses to purchase. If the company is unable to charge the minute a day because the user runs out of time, there will be a back charge when new time is purchased, Jones said. If the phone is inactive for longer than 30 days, it will deactivated and the user will be charged a $50 reactivation fee, she said. At the beginning of every call with IOU, you are told how many minutes of time is left on the phone, and there is a timer on the phone itself. Both lOU's and Colortyme's calls are carried by Cellular One. Colortyme started carrying prepaid cellular phones 10 to 11 months ago, said store manager Mike Proberts. The phones are for rent only, not for sale. The phones cost $50 a month to rent, and each comes with 30 minutes of air time. Additional air time costs $14.49 for a hah" hour, $27.99 an hour and $53.99 for two hours, said Proberts. The phones hold six hours of air time. Colortyme's system for billing roaming and long-distance calls is this: Calls made in the local service area cost a minute of air time for each minute of use. Long-distance calls cost two minutes for each minute used, and roaming calls cost three minutes for each minute used. "I hate (regular) cell phones, I hate them with a passion," said Proberts, chuckling. He said he borrowed a friend's phone on a trip out of state and it cost him more than $200 for 48 minutes of air time. Proberts said Colortyme's prepaid phones are cheaper to use and simpler to get. "There are no credit checks, you just fill out the rental order, and give us some employer and family references," he said. "Every (Colortyme) store got 20 phones. In Junction City, I don't think he has any sitting in his store. I've got 20, and right now I have nine left." Two other things for consumers to know about both companies' phones: Each signals the user before the minutes are used up, and each allows the user to carry over unused minutes from month to month. 198 152 284 218 261 455 246 168 663 247 291 471 Orlando San Francisco Boston Atlanta Miami Philadelphia Ml fares are round-trip on USAir and show the cheapest prices if tickets are bought three weeks in advance. Fares from Kansas City to these cities are $40 less than fares from Sallna. Destinations are the most popu- tar ones for Salinans flying USAir. MAURE WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron Source: USAIr Journal Graphic CHAMPION SEMINARS "Do Unexpected Good Deeds" "Be Tougher Than Any Tough Situation" Phil Coleman - 25 years experience - Management & Employee Seminars Consulting, Sales Training, Speeches, Motivational Programs P.O. Box 6172 Salina, KS 67401-0172 (913)825-4161 HERE'S A BUSINESS INVESTMENT RAWLING OPPORTUNITY. Success Magazine recently rated Termini* among the top far the first time in SO years, we're offering new franchise opportunities in your area. Youprovide$25,000to$50,000 qf investment capital We help your business grow every step of the way. Gall John Geelan at 1-800-654-7848. BUILDING PERMITS These are the permits issued recently by the Salina Permits and Inspection Department and the Saline County Planning and Zoning Department. SALINA Residential miscellaneous — 1203 Dover Drive, R.G. Bowers, separate shower from hot water I heater and furnace, $800. " 2125 Fairdale, Ann Pearson, re- ..rnodel bathroom, $8,000. ;;. 104 S. Fifth, Brian Richardson, -add bathroom and expand kitchen, $10,000. 508 Woodlawn, Bob Dennis, add, $26,229. 1315 Beverly, Bobbie Ott, stor- . age building, $47,000. ;_ 932 Summerset, Rasmus Eddy, reconstruct roof on garage, $1,706. 934 Somerset Circle, Betty Anderson, rebuild roof on garage, $1,706. 2312 Aurora, Ray and Barbara Farmer, add to garage, $2,500. 1014 S. Santa Fe, Bill Hart, add roof on front porch, $800. 1002 N., llth, Darrell Lamer, front porch, $1,000. 2128 Roach, Delbert and Judy Zerr, egress window, $1,500. 109 W. Wayne, Lavery Carol, screened-in porch, $7,500. Garage — 746 Birch, Michael Glenman, garage and workshop, $1,376. 847 Choctaw, Marty Miller, $6,000. 444 S. llth, Robert Loveless, $9,900. Single-family homes — 2955 Tasker, Kevin Mounivong, $124,000. Commercial — 400 S. Santa Fe, Salina Regional Health Center, re- construct wall, make bathroom accessible to people with disabilities and remove water closet, $4,000. 1708 W. Crawford, Western Siz- zlin Steak House, remodel front entrance, $65,000. 1777 E. Old Highway 40, Earth- care Services Landscaping and Irrigation, building office, $135,000. SALINE COUNTY Residential miscellaneous — 4184 E. Mariposa, Bill Hemmy, storage shed, $20,000. Falun, Deborah McGinty, add bathroom, $2,000. 825 E. Frisbie, Don Grob, horse barn, $18,775. Single-family home — 7493 W. Remington, Loring Nelson, $45,000. From Staff Reports WE WE Feelgood LL.WELL LWELL xjut health insurance from L American Family. For healthy coverage, call or stop in today. Norm Pihl 1400-B S. Santa Fe 30 years of service to Salina Community 827-0447 AMERICAN FAMILY AUTO HOME BUSINESS HEALTH LIFE Midwest Irrigation Systems, liu, •ife^V^^^^^dB^^^^ifa^ilJ^^^.^riffiriw £fc^&K*iti&^&^&i£fci&l fe*^;--iT^fert£t**i3*£)l ^&&>\<-£i&<&-.•:.. WINTERIZATION SPECIAL Winter is fast approaching, and it is time to think about getting your systems ready for the cold weather. Several things need to be considered in order to assure that your systems are drained and parked in the right position to protect them. Please call me at your earliest convenience for a free winterization inspection on your center pivots, gear heads and motors. Midwest Irrigation Systems, Inc. will service all makes and models. Sincerely, Gordon Michels President 28255 Galland Road St. Marys, KS 66536 Mobile: 456-4461 Phone: 437-2924 Send Tommye to Topeka Elect Tommye Sexton 71st District Representative if 20 Year Salina Resident * BA & MA Degrees from KU * Teacher or Counselor at: • Hawthorne Elementary • Sacred Heart High School • Salina South High School • Marymount College The Background & Experience to Put Families First! Boards: * YWCA * Kansas Action for Children Emergency Medical Service Counseling & Growth Salina Committee on Teen Pregnancy Prevention As a counselor she listens for a living. Pol. Adv. paid for by Sexton for District Represemarive, Al and Mary Anne Schwartz. Treasurers. Carol Edward Beggs Do YOU like more money in your pocket? Or Do YOU want the bureaucracy spending your money? Over the past two years, Republican Carol Edward Beggs has voted to: • Lower our property tax mill levy • Lower new construction taxes • Lower vehicle taxes What does a Keep Government Out of RBOfOSOlit Your Pockets. r Adv. Paid for by Beggs for State Representative • Adley E. Johnson, Treasurer. eather Supplies for Your Pet ^^^ ^^^ Drifnc tir\r\r\ t-\-*t-i I Mrt\/nn-»hlQr I ^ I QQA Prices good thru November 15, 1996. Large Dog House Insulated Easy to clean 555-201-0 Reg. 79.99 Pet Bed Warmer Perfect for any size of pet bed Slide into the opening between the cover & liner 150-686-1 Reg. 22.99 DOGLOO;iNC. DOGLOO.'INC Pet Bed Rectanglar, cedar filled 36" x 27" 555-210-9 Reg. 19.99 28% High Protein Dog Food 40 Ib. bag 627-034-4 Reg. 9.49 Heated Water Bowl Heavy plastic construction 44 watt 153-007-6 Reg. 2295 99 CORSCHELri 18 FARM&HOME 360 N.Ohio 825-1681 Mon.-Fri. 8 am - 7 p.m. Sat. 8 am - 6 pm. Sun. 10 am-6 pm*

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