Charter Gets Calif. on the Phone

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Inland Empire and High Desert will be the first California markets to receive Charter Communications Inc.’s “Charter Telephone” service, the MSO said Wednesday.

The service will cost $39.99 per month for existing customers, with “significant discounts” for digital-cable and high-speed-data subscribers, the operator said, adding that the first month and installation of the service will be free-of-charge.

Charter Telephone customers will have access to caller ID, call waiting, call waiting with caller ID, speed dial for eight different numbers, anonymous-call rejection and, for a limited time, voice mail will be included with the package.

Customers can keep their current telephone numbers or choose new ones.

“There's a new and better telephone company in town, and it's called Charter,” vice president and general manager for the Inland Empire Tom Tomkins said in a prepared statement. "Our service is very competitive and delivers outstanding features. 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.”