Pacific Bell is the company serving Chico. If you live in an apartment call 1-800-310-2355 to establish service. It is very easy. In the residence hall, an application will be provided when you check in and the campus telecommunication service will connect you.
Pacific Bell Telephone Company does not sell telephone instruments. You are responsible for purchasing or renting the instruments from a store. Major retail stores (Target, K-mart, Penney's, etc.) sell telephone equipment. Of course you will look for the best deal.
Long Distance and Overseas Calls
Long distance calls cost more than local calls depending on both the distance and the time of day. Some companies have special rates for weekends during designated hours. Some long distance telephone companies operating in Chico are:AT&T 1-800-222-0300
US Sprint 1-800-877-7746
Since these companies are competitive, it is to your benefit to compare their rates before making a choice. The telephone directory has instructions for long distance and overseas calls.
After the call - Cost
Be reminded that many students have been surprised at the amount of money they end up owing the telephone companies for the long distance calls! Make it quick or better still, if your friends have e-mail, it is cheaper!
Cards can be purchased at the Associated Students Bookstore and in many other stores that will enable you to make long distance calls from any phone. The card is convenient to use while you are waiting for your installation. It is also an effective budgeting device. After all, it is already paid for and they will simply cut you off if the money runs out! Mom!
Directory assistance in the 530 area code region is available by dialing 411. There is a charge for the service. For directory assistance in other regions of the US dial (area code) 555-1212.
You may know this already but just in case, do not forget that the Telephone Directory has plenty of practical information including Disabled Services, Emergency, Gas and Electric Safety Guide, First Aid, Earthquake and more. Refer to section A and B at the beginning of the directory.