Uverse vs POTS- Conflicting prices for unpublished number
I am considering switching to AT&T for my internet service. I currently have a POTS landline with measured rate service. I dont want a landline, but I have it because I have ADSL through an ISP that I've been with since the 90's, through 3 houses, and 2 different phone carriers and I'm told every time I move that I have to have at least a minimum phone service to be able to get the DSL. The DSL is great, and I have nothing bad to say about it except it's only 1.5 down, and a price hike last year now has me paying a total of $95 a month for the DSL and landline. Money is tight, and I am looking to tighten my budget and perhaps speed up my surfing.
Right now, I pay $1.25 to have an unpublished number (not in the white pages, not in 411). If I create an order starting at "High-speed internet without uVerse," and add home phone, the cost is the same, $1.25. Unfortunately, proceding through to order the non-Uverse DSL fails, with the message that I can't have high speed internet (ADSL) and I can only have Uverse. Under the Uverse order system, an unpublished number is charged at $4.95.
I don't get it. Can someone explain why it costs almost $4 more to not publish a Uverse number?