Charter Gets Calif. on the Phone


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.”