"a phone rate" and "a phone charge"

Ume

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Hello.

What do "a phone rate" and "a phone charge" mean?
Is "a phone rate" an amount of money that you have to pay even though you have made no call?
Is "a phone charge" an amount of money that you have to pay for at least one call you've made?

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[Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary]
rate
a fixed amount of money that is asked or paid for something
- a low hourly rate of pay
- interest rates

charge
an amount of money that is asked for goods or services
- an admission charge
 
  • Salvage

    Senior Member
    USA English
    rate is usually the cost for some unit of time. For example, 3 cents / minute.
    charge in that context would be the accumulated cost for the call.

    I talked for 10 minutes at 3 cents/minute, so my charge was 30 cents.

    As usual, context is everything. On a bill sent from the phone company other definitions of charge and rate are possible, but these will probably be the most frequent.

    For example, there may be a base charge of 15 cents for every call, in addition to the per minute rate.

    In the above example the total cost of a phone call would be:

    base charge + (# minutes x rate) = 15 + (10 x 3) = 45 cents.
     
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