Or, if you’re not a frequent caller, you buy a phone card from a local grocery store, and just call from your basic landline. There are lots of phone cards to choose from, with different rates and regions focus. But there are also problems: stolen minutes, lack of customer support, and unused balance after card expiration. Are you really saving? Not really.
A better alternative would be a credible online calling card or dial-around plan, which you can get over the Internet and pay with your credit card. I prefer paying with my credit card in any purchase anyway. In doing so, there’s a good chance I can get my money back if I don’t get the service I was promised, or the product that was advertised.
Calling cards, or dial-around service, let you “dial around” your local phone provider through their access numbers. After you dial the access number, you need to put in your PIN and then the number you wish to reach. Some calling cards offer PINless dialing feature that saves you the trouble of dialing your PIN. The other features of online calling cards are:
- Savings - Save up to 75 percent on your long-distance cost;
- Online account – Real-time access to your account and call records anytime, anywhere;
- Online recharge – Add balance anytime, and extend card expiration date;
- Customer service - 24/7 phone and email support;
- PINless dialing – Saves you the trouble of typing your PIN;
- Prepaid – No bills, No monthly fees;
- Online phonebook - Just dial 2 digits to make international calls;
- Local access or even broadband access – pay less than with toll-free access.
Then you can start making international calls at a few cents a minute, and not worry about any catch or stolen minutes. Just talk, and relax.