Consumer-SOS Legal Help and Consumer Advice

Contact Us 

Accidents & Injuries
Banks & Credit Unions
Cars & Motor Vehicles
Children & Parents
Credit & Debt
Crime Victims Domestic Violence
Criminal Justice&Police Misconduct
Divorce & Marriage
Food Matters

& Gov. Assistance

Health & Medical
Health Clubs


Home Matters

Mail & Postal
Money & Investments
Licensing Boards

People Search

Phone & Utilities

Public Records

Refunds, Repairs & Replacements
Scams & Cons
Support Groups
Wills, Probate & Estates 
Work/The Wk Place

Home  Texas  Phone & Utilities

Phone & Utilities
Phone Matters
Gas, Water & Other Utilities

Related Topics

People Search
(To find people's phone numbers and addresses.)

Privacy & ID Theft
(To get rid of unwanted calls.)









Phone Matters

Getting Or Keeping Your Phone (When Bills Past Due)  Billing Problems & Unauthorized Charges
Area Codes Telemarketers & Scams 
Getting The Best Rates/ Keeping Bills Low  Payment Assistance Programs
Complaints Misc. (Times Zones, Lost Cell Phones, Keeping Your Phone #, Pay phones, Taping Conversations, FCC Brochures)

Back To Top  











Gas, Water & Other Utilities
Tips, Problems & Complaints

Payment Assistance Programs

Back To Top










Getting Or Keeping Your Phone

Service Options Including Bundling and VoIP (Texas)

Billing Problems & Unauthorized Charges (Consumer-SOS)

Payment Assistance Programs (Consumer-SOS)

Back To Top  













Area Codes 

What You Need to Know About Texas Area Codes

Maps Of Area Codes Throughout The US (Frequently updated)

Area Codes In Numerical Order With Time Zones!
Find out the state and time zone for each US area code.
Spot long distance scams such as US area code look a likes which really connect you abroad.

Find Out What Time It Is In Any Country Or City (World-Wide)

Cities With Their Area Codes (Scroll Down Page)

Area Code Search Engine
Type in the 3 digit number and find the city and state it belongs to. Their website is slow so be patient.

Numbers such as the 809 area code come from the Caribbean. These numbers are not subject to the laws and regulations that govern calls originating in the United States. Area codes (or look-alikes) that may contain pay-per-call numbers are: 264, 268, 242, 246, 441, 284, 245, 767, 473, 876, 664, 869, 758, 784, 868, 809 or the 011 international access code. 

Back To Top









Billing Problems & Unauthorized Charges
Long Distance, Tolls & Other Charges 
Slamming & Cramming
Understanding Your Phone Bill

Back To Top










Long Distance

  • Lowering Your Long Distance Bill (Texas)
  • Money-Saving Phone Tips (Texas)
  • My Rights As a Telecommunications Customer (Texas)
  • Pay Phones (Texas)
  • What You Need to Know About Local Toll Calls (Texas)
    Saving money on those calls that are between local and long distance.

    All About Web Sites With Information on Long Distance Phone Rates

    900 Numbers (Precautions & Problems-FTC)

    Children Using 900 #s
    If the Advertiser has not followed these rules, ask that you get a refund, even though your child was at fault.

    Phone Billing Rights
    For Complaints regarding 900 #s, Slamming, Cramming, Collect Calls and other Charges.

    Reverse Lookups-Finding The Name & Address When You Only Have The Phone #
    Strange # on your phone bill? Find out who it belongs to.

    Phone, Gas And Water
    (Common Problems & What To Do)

    Consumer Advice On Phone-Related Matters
    Where to complain, dealing with slamming, calling cards, long distance providers and more.

    Slamming & Cramming


    Back To Top










    Slamming & Cramming

    What You Need to Know About Cramming (Texas)

    What You Need to Know About Slamming

    Complaints (Consumer-SOS)

    Federal Law & Brochures (Not State Specific)

    Telephone Slamming (FCC)
    What to do when your carrier is changed without your permission.

    Cramming-Mystery Phone Charges (FTC)
    What to do when unauthorized charges or services appear on you phone bill.

    Cramming/What To Do If Unauthorized Charges Appear On your Bill (FCC)

    Consumer Advice On Phone-Related Matters
    Where to complain, dealing with slamming, calling cards, long distance providers and more.

    Phone, Gas And Water (Common Problems & What To Do)

    Back To Top





    Understanding Your Phone Bill

    Paying Your Phone Bill (Texas)
    What your bill must show and how to appeal it.

    Texas Universal Service Fee (Texas)

    Explanation Of Charges On Your Mobile Phone Bill

    What You Need to Know About Caller ID (Texas)
    FAQs on fees and options.

    What You Need to Know About Pay Phones (Texas)
    Payphone charges and what they must tell you.

    Telephone Cramming (Texas)

    Telephone Slamming (Texas)

    Complaints (Consumer-SOS)

    Back To Top




    Getting The Best Rates & Keeping Bills Low

    Comparing Long Distance Phone Rates (Rates-All 50 States & DC)
    The lowest in state, interstate and international phone rates. Also has lowest calling card and toll free rates.

    Lowering Your Long Distance Bill (Texas)

    The Lowest 10-10 Number Rates 

    Low Phone Rates (Under 5 cents Per Minute)

    The Lowest Calling Card Rates

    The Lowest International Rates

    The Best Phone Rates (Lists The Cheapest Ones)
    Also has other consumer tips and advice.

    Cheapest Long Distance Rate Calculator
    For a FAST and very EASY detailed rate analysis for all of our long distance carriers - side by side - in your area.

    Federal Law & Brochures (Not State Specific)

    What To Look For When Choosing Long Distance Rates (FTC)

    How To Lower Your Long-Distance Bill (FCC)

    Back To Top









    Payment Assistance Programs

    What You Need to Know About Phone Payment Assistance Programs (Texas)

    Can't Pay Your Rent, Mortgage or Utilities? (Consumer-SOS)
    Step by step on what to do and where to go for assistance.

    Rent, Utilities and Mortgage Assistance In Texas  (Google)
    For help in your county or city, add your county or city's name in the Google search box.

    United Way Help Line  (For All 50 States, DC & Puerto Rico)
    Choose your state, select your city, and look up help agencies throughout your state and city. Their stellar search engine can lead you to any social service topic imaginable.  Just type in the words "Utilities and Assistance".

    The Salvation Army Nearest You   (All 50 States & DC)
    The Salvation Army often helps with rent, utilities, transportation, food, clothing and mortgage assistance.

    Back To Top










    Telemarketers & Phone Scams

    The National Do Not Call Registry
    Most telemarketers cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five years.

    Spotting and Dealing With Telemarketing Fraud (Texas)

    What You Need to Know About Telephone Solicitation (Texas)
    Short summary of what telemarketers must not do and where to get help.

    The Texas "Do Not Call" List (Texas)
    Getting removed from Telemarketers' call lists.

    Complaints (Consumer-SOS)

    Federal Law & Brochures (Not State Specific)

    Anti Telemarketing Laws, Links & Brochures (Excellent!)

    The Telemarketing Sales Rule (FTC Brochure)
    Also click Here

    The Mail & Telephone Order Rule (Rules Corps Must Follow) 

    Unsolicited Marketing Calls & Faxes (FTC)

    Telemarketing Fraud: What You Need To Know
    Scroll down to their brochures on telephone Services.

    Telemarketing Fraud (Links)

    Top 10 Telemarketing Frauds

    For More Fraud, see Phone Scams.

    Back To Top










    Phone Scams

    International Telephone Number Scams (FTC)

    Toll-Free Telephone Number Scams (FTC)

    Scams & Cons (Consumer-SOS)

    Complaints (Consumer-SOS)

    To Verify A Legitimate Business Offer, Charity or Sales Pitch See: Charities and  Business Matters

    Back To Top











    Your Rights As A Phone or Utility Customer (Texas)
    Has some on refusal of service and disconnections.

    Filing A Complaint Regarding Your Utility Service (Texas)
    Phones and other utilities.

    How To File An Informal Complaint-Contacting Your Provider First (Texas)

    Texas Public Utilities Commission Site Index 

    State Utility Commissions (All 50 States)
    Report Phone & Utility Complaints.

    State Utility Commissions (All 50 States)
    Includes Links Missing Above. 

    Consumer Advice On Phone-Related Matters
    Where to complain, dealing with slamming, calling cards, long distance providers and more.

    Find The AARP In Your State
    The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

    Call For Action
    (Has Chapters In 18 States)  
    Volunteers aligned with the media are trained to assist consumers through mediation and education in order to resolve problems with businesses, government agencies and other organizations. Services are free, confidential and available to individuals and small businesses. 

    Find Your Local Newspaper, Magazine, Radio & TV Stations
    Give them a little bad press and you're bargaining power increases tremendously. Select your state, and then click on your county or city for the proper media to report to. (DC Not Included).

    Federal Law & Brochures (Not State Specific)

    FCC Brochures On All Sorts Of Phone Related Issues

    Everything From filing complaints to choosing caller ID.

    How To Right A Wrong (FTC)

    National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
    The Elderly, Environment, Families, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.

    Back To Top











    Find The Owner Of A Lost Cell Phone/What to Do If Yours Is Missing (Consumer-SOS)

    Keeping Your Phone Number When You Change Your Service

    Find Out What Time It Is In Any Country Or City (World-Wide)

    Recording Telephone Conversations (FCC)

    Telephone FAQs (Texas)

    Other Misc.

    The Laws On Taping Phone Conversations (All 50 States & DC)

    Pay Phones-You Must Be Told In Advance How Much Call Costs

    Enter A Pay Phone # and Find Out Where It's Located
    Lists pay phone numbers throughout the US and also has reverse lookup where you can punch in the # and find where the pay phone is located. Comes in handy if someone is using a pay phone to stalk or threaten you.  Use the reverse lookup to find where he's calling from and notify the police.

    Find The Numbers On Pay Phones Around The Country

    Consumer Information About Telephone Related Issues (Other FCC Brochures)  
    They've got anything you can think of!!!

    Back To Top