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Guide to Phone Cards

Prepaid Calling Cards

Find out more about Prepaid Calling Cards

Prepaid calling cards are the most common type of phone cards on the market today. They are available at a variety of prices, usually $10, $20 and even $50. The number of minutes on each card is a set amount, and usually the more expensive cards provide most minutes per dollar.

Times vary considerably, depending on which company you choose to buy the card from, and also where you are calling. It goes without saying that a phone card used to call Australia will give you less talking time than one designed for calls within the United States.

Most of the time, when you have run out of minutes on the card, you will be required to buy a new one, although some manufacturers do operate a top-up facility, which can usually be done over the internet, or through the access number provided on the card. Disposable calling cards are ideal for tourists on a one off trip. If you will be making repeated calls to the same destination, you might find it less time consuming to buy a card that can be topped up. In most cases, when you dial the access number, you will be told how many minutes you have remaining on your card.

Types of Prepaid Calling Cards

There are two main types of prepaid calling cards on the market. Those that charge you a connection fee, and those that don’t. Individual circumstances will determine which the best option for you is, but the difference is marginal. As a rule, those without a connection charge seem to offer better value for money, although there will be certain cards with which this rule does not apply.

The most important decision to make is to determine where you are going to be calling the most. If you will be using the card to call a European country, it is advisable to search for a card that is designed to call that country specifically. Phone card manufacturers have designed international phone cards for calling virtually every country in the world at low prices, so you’re bound to find the country of your choice.

It is also important to make sure that you only buy from reputable companies and dealers. Always read the small print, and make sure you dial the exact number stated as the access number. There are stories about customers who have dialed similar numbers but not the right one and have ended up paying outrageous costs for their calls. There are many places on the internet from which you can buy phone cards, and a quick search will show many sites all offering similar products.