If you're like me you hate getting your cell phone bill every month! I don't usually stress too much about the airtime charges, but those long distance charges tend to result in shortness of breath.

Well, if you're looking to avoid adding that extra zero to your payments you might want to check out a Canadian company called Sun Telecom. Sun's come up with a new cell phone long distance plan that boasts some pretty friendly rates.

How friendly? How does 8 cents a minute to Japan sound? Or 5 cents per minute for calls in Canada and the USA.

How does it work? First, you need to setup an account with Sun. If approved, you:


  1. 1

    Dial one of 11 local access numbers.

  2. 2

    Wait for the prompt tone.

  3. 3

    Dial the telephone number you wish to reach.

  4. 4

    Press the key (that's right - not Send).


The 11 access areas in Canada include Montreal, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton. If you don't live in one of these areas the service won't do you much good. US customers can take advantage nation-wide thanks to a toll-free number.

While the rates are great there are a couple of disadvantages. First, you won't have the simplicity of having only one bill for both your airtime and cellular long-distance calls. Second, if you have poor or non-established credit, you won't be saving money anytime soon. Sun requires a full credit check in order to get you set up.

If neither of these points scare you, it can't hurt to give Sun a closer look. International callers in particular are sure to save a bundle.