Sunday, June 15, 2008

What is International Callback Phone Service?

International Callback phone service is a good option for making cheap international calls from countries that have very expensive monopoly phone companies. These countries tend to keep their international calling rates artificially high. Rates on Phone Cards also tend to be high in these countries and they often actively block the use of the INTERNET or systems like Skype or VoIP for making low cost calls. These countries want to force consumers to use their high cost phone company.

In most cases, international callback can be used to avoid the high tariffs imposed on international phone calls in these countries. International callback by-passes the high cost monopoly phone company by placing an international call through a low cost third country. Consumers use international callback by triggering a call from a phone in the low cost third country. When they answer the call, they can dial the phone number they wish to call in any country in the world and place the call through the low cost third country phone system. It is that simple.

Callback calls are normally triggered using three different methods. The most common method is to place a call to a phone number in the third country. The caller will let the phone ring two or three times than hang up without an answer. In this way they are not charged for an international call. A computer at the other end will recognize them based on their phone number and place a call back to their phone number. Thus the term callback phone service. When the call is received, the caller will be in the low cost phone system and can place a call to any country in the world. This method of triggering a call is referred to as traditional callback. Another method, commonly called web call, uses a standard e-mail message to trigger a callback and place a call. A third method, commonly called SMS call, uses a text message from a cell phone to trigger a callback and place a call.

Calling the USA from Moscow or St Petersburg, RU

On a recent trip to Moscow, Russia we found a very inexpensive way to call to the USA, Canada and other countries. We used a phone card called Jupiter that can be purchased online from several phone card merchants. Using the Jupiter phone card it costs around 11 cents per minute to call North America. This is cheap compared to other international phone cards like AT&T. The At&T charges 50 cents per minute for the same call and we found that call quality is about the same. The Jupiter phone card has a local access number in Moscow and one in St Petersburg. It also has very good rates on calls to Russia from North America. It seems that the Jupiter card was specially made for make calls to and from Russia and other countries of the Former Soviet Union. We also found it has the best rates (1.5 cents per minute) on calls to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Jupiter phone card also features 1 minute rounding, PIN free dialing and a permanent PIN with a handy refill option. It also has low fees with no connection fee or maintenance fee. The Jupiter card even provides callers with a 10% discount on calls made from the USA between 9 PM and 7 AM EST. We sure found it very useful for making calls between Moscow and the USA.

Visit the International Calling Guide for more information on options for making cheap international phone calls from almost any location.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tel3Advantage Father's Day Promotion

Tel3 Advantage announced today that they would have a Father's Day sign-up promotion starting this week. Between June 11 and 20th, 2008, new customers signing up for their prepaid long distance phone service will get double the Free Minutes. This means that new customers could get up to 946 Free Minutes just for opening a prepaid account. Tel3Advantage has one of the most popular prepaid long distance services in North America. Users can make high quality, low cost calls to almost any destination from the USA and Canada. Tel3 has a very wide network of local access numbers and has many nice features like on-line account management, PIN free dialing, on-line call history, speed dial and the ability to make low cost direct dial international calls from smart phones. Visit the Tel3Advantage website or call 1 800 441 0321 for more details.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Phone Card for Summer Travel

There are only a few truly versatile phone cards on the market and the Continental Card from NW-IP is one of them. If a traveler wants to bring one phone card on a trip than they should consider the Continental Card. This is true because it can be used in a wide range of countries for almost any telecom related service. Consider the following.

  1. First, it is a high quality phone card that can be used to make low cost calls from over 46 countries. It is also refillable and has many features like PIN free dialing, speed dial and online call history. We use this card all of the time and find it has the highest quality to the locations we call, which include Russia and Kazakhstan, and some of the lowest rates. The quality compares to the AT&T Card at a fraction of the cost.
  2. The Continental Card also has a Web Call feature. Using Web Call, two phones located anywhere in the world can be connected by sending a specially formatted e-mail. It also has a similar feature called Click and Call where two phones can be connected by entering the phone numbers online in real time. This is a great feature that will save a lot of money on calls for people calling from countries where international calling is expensive. With Web Call, you will not make a call, you will receive a call from a low cost country.
  3. The Continental Calling Card also has a SMS Call feature. This is very similar to Web Call, discussed in item 2 above, except two phones located anywhere in the world are connected by sending a SMS (text) message from a cell phone.
  4. The Continental Phone Card can be used to set up a personal toll free number in the USA. This toll free number can be directed to any phone in the world. This is great for small businesses or anyone who wants customers, friends or relatives to the ability to call them ‘toll free’ from the USA. I usually set up this toll free number so I can call home by dialing a toll free number while traveling in the USA or Canada. This gives me phone card rates without dialing an access number and PIN code.
  5. The Continental Calling Card can be used for prepaid conference calling. This is a great, low cost option for small business or families to get everyone in on one call.
  6. The Continental Phone Card can be used to call toll free numbers in the USA from overseas.

The continental phone card is one of our favorite calling cards. We use it all of the time on trips in the USA, Canada and Europe. Please visit Low Cost International Calls for a full range of options for making cheap international calls.