Sunday, January 6, 2008

International Calling from Canada

There are a variety of products on the market today for making low cost international calls from Canada to the USA and other international locations. The most commonly used products are prepaid long distance, phone cards and VoIP phone service. The following are some suggested products for making cheap international calls from Canada that offer good value and high quality.

One of the best prepaid phone services in North America is Tel3Advantage. They have been in business in the USA for more than 10 years and have more than 100,000 customers. Their Flex Plan is a prepaid calling plan that can be used from any kind of phone without changing phone companies. It features the highest call quality and the rates to most international locations are similar to phone cards. Unlike most phone cards, all fees and taxes are included in their advertised rates so there are no extra (hidden charges). Many people use Tel3 on a long term basis because they offer good rates to almost any location and they provide reliable service. It is also a great product to use for making low cost international calls from cell phones. Tel3Advantage recently started offering service in Canada. International rates start at 1.9 cents per minute and calls to most countries are less than 5 cents per minute. Tel3 does not require a contract or other long term obligation so it is also a great service to consider for short term use. An account can be activated by prepaying as little as $10. More information can be found on the Tel3Advantage website or by calling 800 441 0321. It is fast and easy to open an account. Payment can be made via a major credit card or through PayPal.

Those interested in prepaid phone cards should consider the Royal Call phone card. It is a phone card that has be especially designed for use from Canada. It features high quality connections, relatively low rates and almost no hidden charges. Unlike many low cost phone cards, the call interval is rounded in 1 minute intervals so the length of a call is rounded to the next minute for billing purposes. Royal call, like most phone cards, has good rates to certain international locations but it is best to shop around to find the best phone card for specific countries or regions of the world. We suggest visiting a website like smartglobalcall prepaid phone cards when shopping for phone cards because they feature a wide selection of premium cards and also provide ratings based on customer feedback and fully disclose all fees associated with the phone cards they sell.

A VoIP phone is another option for those who have a high speed INTERNET connection. There are a wide selection of VoIP Service providers who provide service in North America but many to not offer service in Canada. We think that Axvoice offers one of the best deals on VoIP service for use in Canada. They feature all the typical features and unlimited long distance calling in the USA and Canada for $18.99 per month. They are currently offering one month of free service to new customers and free activation. They also have two international calling plans that include unlimited calling to multiple countries for a slightly higher monthly rate. Our research indicates that their international rates to most locations are low so the base plan is likely the best option for those who only make occasional international calls. VoIP phone service is a very low cost option if one considers that it also includes local phone service.

There are many other options for making low cost international calls from Canada but these are the best we have found.

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