Calling Cards to Keep you Connected

By: Feras Shoukeir
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The French claim to have devised the calling card in the 17thcentury.
The calling card became an important part of the upper class ritual of‘paying calls’ by the 1850s. These calls involved the elevation or depressionin the social position. Therefore, even if they were meant for paying visits tothe friends, the reason might not have been so trivial. By the 1870s and 1880s, one could put across simplecommunication by folding down the corners of a calling card. The differentparts of the calling card could be folded to convey different reasons of thevisit. For instance, the entire left side of the card could be folded to saythat s/he had come to visit the woman of the family. However, these were theinception of the calling cards and we are dealing with the cards that help usto establish communication over long distances in this age of thetelecommunication boom.

Now, there are prepaid calling cards that help you connect withyour relatives, family and colleagues almost hassle-free. The idea of the prepaid calling card is primarily basedon you not having to pay exorbitant prices for your calls. The prepaid callingcard is a one-stop option to make many calls at affordable rates. If you needimmediate credit to make calls to a particular country for a short period, thena calling card is the right option. Nowadays, free call cards are also offeredto attract the customers. One of the prime advantages of the calling card isthat you know about your spending and the place you are spending that amount.

The calling cards are cheaper as the call card providers purchasethe call credits in large amount from major companies that providetelecommunication services, getting huge discounts, and passing on the profitsto the end users. The call cards provide a minimum call credit of 5 poundsalso. The call cards are considered very convenient for making internationalcalls for good verbal and aural communication over the IP network or thebroadband connection.

The calling cards are based on the operation of the VoIP technologyof packet switching over the Internet. This is what makes these cards so costeffective and convenient to operate. These call cards are conveniently designedand can be easily carried by the user, as they are small rectangular shapedplastic cards that can slip in just about anywhere. The call cards are alsoavailable in different denominations, ranging from 5 pounds to as much as 100pounds.

If we compare thesecards with traditional patterns of communication, the Public Switch TelephonyNetwork or PSTN charges are slashed. There is reduction in the ‘per minute’charges and the surcharge amount is also reduced. The calling cards offerattractive features like voice mail, ID caller and three–way conferencing. Operatingthese cards is also very easy and the user just has to manage the PIN numbersin order to make a call. The calling cards offer the facility of talking forlonger periods without the hassles of bills worrying you to no end.

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