If you are asking “do I get charged for incoming long-distance calls,” then you’re not alone. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people, are asking the same question – because the answer can be quite confusing. How unusual is it that call you may not have solicited is now on your phone bill because the caller is not from your area? The unfortunate reality is that most phone companies operate on that premise.

If you ring your mobile phone provider and ask Do I get charged for incoming long-distance calls? You will be run through several different instances where you do and don’t. However, they can vary from one telecommunication provider to the next. If you plan on receiving or making long-distance calls, it’s in your best interests to phone your provider. However, the below information can also be of assistance.

You will be charged if:

  • You’re outside your home calling area, and you receive a call from someone on the same network as you.
  • You’re outside your area, and you answer a call from anyone – regardless of where they are.
  • You make a call outside your local area.
  • You’re in your local area but make a call to someone outside it.

You won’t be charged if:

  • You are in the home calling area as specified by your plan and you receive an incoming long-distance call.
  • You are at home and call someone in the same area.
  • You start your call in your local area but move to outside your area while you’re still on the call – as long as it doesn’t drop out.

As a rule of thumb, when you sign up for your mobile phone plan, you have a “home area.” As soon as you begin receiving calls while you’re outside that home area, you will notice a charge on your phone bill. If you want to avoid those charges, swap to a traveler’s plan when you are traveling, or use email, social media, and other platforms to communicate with family and friends.