Here's what small companies typically pay each month for phone service, according to a survey of 1,200 small businesses conducted in late 1994 by BIS Strategic Decisions, in Norwell, Mass.

Number of Employees Average Monthly Phone Bill
Fewer than 5 $203
5-9 $524
10-19 $1,002
20-49 $1,627
50-99 $3,196
100-249 $5,295
250-600 $10,267
Source: "The Small Business Market -- 1995," BIS Strategic Decisions, Norwell, Mass., January 1995. * * *