One way to be in touch with friends and family is by telephone. But sometimes they move away either temporarily or permanently and staying communicated is necessary. That’s when phone calls usually get expensive, especially if they move overseas. More and more, people are choosing to have only a cell phone for communication. Using a cell phone as one’s “one and only” phone service is perfect for many folks unless they have a business or want to make international calls. In this case, a second phone is required as international calling rates are extremely expensive using mobile phones. These facts make telephone users look for services to make long distance and international calls easily and cheap. Let’s take a look at two options available and examine their pros and cons.
The first option is the use of prepaid calling cards. There are many of these cards available and they are very competitive in their pricing. However, it is a good idea to shop around a bit when looking for a prepaid phone card because of their wide price range. Some cards can be better than others depending on the destination you wish to call. Usually they require you to call a local number and enter an extremely long pin number. This can be a bit of a hassle. There are other things to consider when looking for one of these cards. One of them is their charges, not only the rate per minute but also check to see if there are connection fees or maintenance fees. Another thing to look at is how the minutes are measured, some cards round up the time to the minute even if you spoke for 30 seconds and other cards require a minimum of minutes per call. All of the before mentioned can reduce the minutes you have available on the card.
The good news is that many of the cards are easily rechargeable and some don’t even need a pin number. You do not have to worry about running up excessive charges since the amount of money you paid for the card is all you are going to spend calling. This is good for safely calling without worrying about the costs. It can also be a bad thing when you are unaware of the time you have been speaking and suddenly you get cut off.