Choosing The Right Phone Card To Meet Your Needs

By: Jim Brown

The phone card market is a saturated market and it can be overwhelming when trying to select the right card with the many available choices. While most people would typically just choose the card that offers them the lowest rates, you have to realize that some of these cards may be those that come out expensive in the end. Learning to select the phone card that will best meet your needs will save you money in the long run.

First and foremost in choosing any phone card is the identification of your needs. You have to consider the destination of your calls, the possible duration of the calls (less than 30 minutes or more than an hour, etc), the frequency the calls will be made (are you frequently making international calls or will this be a one-time call) and the quality of the connection (are you looking for the cheapest type of call or do you desire the quality of a high connection). It is also important to consider if the card will be used locally or when you travel overseas, for personal or business use, or if you desire for a rechargeable phone card.

After identifying your needs, it is important to take a look at the options available. Before purchasing any phone card, ensure that you have read and understood the details, terms and conditions that apply. Many of these phone cards have hidden charges from maintenance fees, connection fees, disconnection fees, termination fees, etc. Many of the cards that provide low rates are the ones that tend to have these fees to make up for the affordable call rates.

The fees and charges are not at all bad, depending on your needs. If you are going to be a frequent phone card user for international calls, then it is suggested that you select a card that has no fees on it for while the rates may be higher, it won't be necessary for you to pay for connection or maintenance fees. On the other hand, if the card will be for a one or two-time use, go for the phone cards that provide the low rates.

Calls made on the card are charged based on minute rounding. There are some cards that charge on a two, three or four minute rounding. You can save the most with a card that uses one-minute rounding.

Before making any selection, research your options. It is also good if someone you know recommends a particular phone card that provides excellent service.

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