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Nevada Bell told to post new prices for pay phones in Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – The cost of a call at a public telephone went to 50 cents, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at some of Nevada Bell’s pay phones.

Nevada Bell’s decision to raise the rates at public telephones from 35 cents drew the attention this week of Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa, who said the new price is not being properly displayed.

SBC Communications, Nevada Bell’s parent company, announced the price increase July 6, saying all pay phones in its territory will be converted by September.

But the attorney general’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has received complaints that some converted phones aren’t posted as required by Nevada Administrative Code.

”Consumers who attempt to make a local call from a pay phone believing the call costs 35 cents are being told to add an additional 15 cents even though the phone posts a 35 cents per-call price,” Del Papa said. ”Nevada Bell has a legal obligation to post accurate prices and correct this situation.”

Marilyn Skibinski, a regulatory analyst in the Attorney General’s Office, said the office wrote a letter to Nevada Bell asking it to post updated price information on the converted phones.

Nevada Bell spokesman Jack Raudy said as telephones are converted to the 50 cent rate, it is the company’s policy to post the rate change.

”We don’t know if it was vandalism or a couple of isolated instances,” Raudy said. ”We encourage anyone who uses a phone that is not properly posted to call us and we will have it fixed.”

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