Israel Launches Toll-free Service

Israel’s state-owned Bezek telephone corporation has announced a new international phone service that will enable overseas callers to reverse charges on calls to Israel.

The service is similar to those already available in the United States and some European countries.

Under the first stage of the new “Israel Direct” service, callers in nine countries abroad can dial, without charge, Bezek’s international operators in Israel and make a collect call to any phone here.

Bezek says the recipients will be charged a three-minute minimum at the maximum rate for international calls between the two countries.

The countries where the new service is available are Austria, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. In the United States, the service will be available through the AT&T and MCI long distance carriers.

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