I was searching through some newspaper archives, and found this little bit of price pain.
It seems that a young navy officer was talking to his soon to be ex-wife. She wanted a divorce, he didn't, but they apparently had a very pleasant talk. He was in the Philippines, she was in Las Vegas (imagine that )- and they didn't pay attention to the time. Length of call: 1 hour, 45 minutes. Cost of call: $163.00.
I knew long distance used to be expensive- we timed our calls to my uncle in Australia in the 70's. But I had no idea they were that pricey!