Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If you make international calls to China from the USA or Canada than this may be of interest to you. Tel3Advantage announced recently that they have lowered their rates for international calls to China from North America from 1.7 to 1.32 cents-per-minute. This rate includes all fees and taxes if the caller uses a local access number when placing the call. A 1 cent-per-minute surcharge is added if the caller uses the Tel3Advantage toll free access number to make the call. It is not hard to avoid the surcharge since Tel3 has a wide network of local access numbers. Calls can be made from any kind of telephone, including mobile phones and hotel or business phones. Tel3Advantage now has the lowest rates on international calls to China from North America.
It is possible to get a lower rate on international calls for the first 30 days if a new customer opens an account using the Tel3Advantage Triple Promo offer. The rate on calls to China for the first 30 days using this offer is only 1 cent-per-minute and the new customer can also get up to 900 free minutes as a sign-up bonus. Visit Tel3Advantage Triple Promo for details or call 800 441 0321.
Friday, December 25, 2009
A Phone Card is used by dialing a special phone number which is referred to as an access number. Some phone cards have one access number and others have multiple numbers. Access numbers can be local or they can be toll free. In any case, a phone card is used by dialing an access number and following the prompts in order to place a call. In some cases, one of the prompts will request the user to enter a PIN code to identify the phone card being used. Some phone cards do not require the user to enter a PIN code. These PIN-Free phone cards require the user to register the phone number or numbers where they plan to make calls from and the computer can track their usage with caller ID technology. PIN-Free phone cards a much easier to use since the caller does not need to enter a special code whenever they want to place a call. PIN-Free dialing is a common feature found with high quality virtual phone cards that are purchased from on-line merchants.
Phone cards are purchased in denominations that range from $2 to $100 or more. It is usually best to purchase the smallest denomination first and try using the card before making a large purchase. Prepaid phone cards can be purchased from newsstands, convenience stores, retail stores and from INTERNET merchants. Since prepaid phone cards can have a variety of added costs and hidden fees it is best to study the details and fine print of a phone card before making a purchase. Some phone cards also have limited usage. For example, they can only be used to make domestic long distance calls or to make international long distance calls to specific countries. Be sure to understand the limits of a phone card before making a purchase.
On-line phone cards can typically be purchased using a major credit card or Pay Pal account. Many on-line phone card merchants provide buyers with a user account where the details of the users phone cards are stored. This can be a handy feature for people who make frequent calls and want to track usage. Virtual phone cards like Tel3Advantage come with a variety of features including on-line account management, PIN Free Dialing, call history and speed dial which makes the product very convenient to use.
Many people find prepaid phone cards to be a convenient, money saving product. Prepaid phone cards are convenient since they can be used to make calls from any kind of telephone. They can also save consumers money since the rates are typically cheaper than those offered by phone companies and, since payment is made in advance, they can be used to budget and control phone expense. Phone cards are typically used by people who regularly call overseas, travelers, students and those who do not have regular long-distance phone service.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Business broadband differs entirely from a home or personal broadband in terms of usage. Transfer of data should be more reliable, secure and faster as well. There are few business which rely completely on the Internet, which might incur a huge loss if the service fails. Apart from the computers and notebooks there are few other devices that use the Internet as a gateway for communication like the Internet telephony. A better network setup and awareness of usage among the employees can shoot up the profit margin.
Internet providers in UK like BT, Orange, BE, Eclipse, Plusnet, O2, Tiscali, Zan etc., offer a number of broadband deals business customers. Its important that small business customers have to make a better plan of the usage, the devices to be connected in the network, web space or web hosting facilities required, no of email addresses and email client to be used. This might help in choosing some of the bundle package which again boosts up the economical factor. Its always good that companies chose unlimited download plans with an average or faster speed. More than the speed and download limit customers have to look for reliable and better service in terms of emergency from the Internet service provider which can save them during down times.
Small business can also try using a satellite type of connection as a stand by which can help them being online throughout the year. Also these services provided by companies likes avanti communications does not require much service. More over small business customers who does not rely on online usage 100% can create a wireless zone or a hot spot instead of a cable broadband in their companies. This allows access only to specific computers on demand which can reduce the installation expense as well as high Internet usage.
Before subscribing for any packages customers can try out free broadband packages which are offered seasonally and check the level of service. Because cancelling a contract in a business broadband is either not possible or cost you more.
Broadband Internet service will also allow users the option of using PC-to-Phone or VoIP phone service for making cheap international calls. There are special business call plans which integrate VoIP phone service and PBX service into one low cost, neat package.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We have done some research and found that there are some options for making cheap calls to UK cell phones. It appears that the best options involve the use of prepaid phone cards or other prepaid calling products. One option is Tel3Advantage which charges only 10.5 cents per-minute (triple promo rate) on calls from the USA or Canada to cell phones in the UK. Tel3advantage does not charge added fees or taxes so this is an all inclusive rate if a local access number is used to place the call. Another good option is the Simply international phone card. It lists a rate of 11.4 cents per-minute but it does charge service and maintenance fees so all costs should be taken into account when making a decision.
These are both good options for making cheap calls to UK cell phones which could save callers a significant amount of money over the holiday season.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
- Phone Cards that do not deliver the advertised number of calling minutes.
- Phone Cards that debit minutes or units even when a call is not completed.
- Phone Cards with excessive hidden charges like connection fees, taxes and surcharges that increase the rate-per-minute.
- Phone Cards with bad connections.
- Calling Cards with access numbers or PINs that do not work.
- Cards with Customer Service numbers that are constantly busy or simply do not work.
- Toll free access numbers that do not work or are constantly busy so the phone card cannot be used.
- Issuers who go out-of-business and leave the phone card holders with useless cards.
For people who want to make prepaid long distance calls (domestic or international) from the USA or Canada we recommend using Tel3Advantage. They offer a high quality product with no hidden fees or taxes. They also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
People who want to buy cheap prepaid phone cards for use from any location in the world should visit Smart Global Call International Phone Cards at smartglobalcall.net. They feature premium quality phone cards and all of the fees, taxes, access numbers and details for each of the phone cards are prominently displayed on their website. They also have 24 hour customer service and stand behind the products they sell.
Save yourself a hassle by purchasing phone cards from reputable dealers. Also, we recommend shopping for phone cards on-line since it is a lot easier to study the details of each product before making a purchase.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
With the Holiday Season fast approaching, a perfect gift for a friend or loved one who is far away may be the gift of a phone card. A phone card gift card can be delivered to any location in the world instantly via e-mail and there is no tax, duty or delivery fee. A phone card gift card is very easy to purchase and is a useful gift, even for the person who has everything.
A gift card can be purchased in any amount (from $5 to $100) and the recipient can trade it in for any phone card they want. So they can choose the best phone card for their needs from a vast range of phone cards including those with a global reach and a full range of special features.
Purchasing a gift card is easy. Once you complete a gift card purchase you will receive an email containing a PIN number and a link – all that is needed for a phone card to be selected and activated. Just send this information to your friend or loved one and they can choose the phone card they want. It is that easy.
Visit Phone Cards International to review a full range of international phone cards and choose the gift card option if you would like to send a special gift to a friend or loved one this holiday season.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The first thing a prospective affiliate needs is a good, proven program with a quality product that sells at a fair or reasonable price. A key to success is to find a quality product that people purchase over and over again. Items like vitamins and supplements, tea, beauty products and phone cards are all good candidates. It is also nice to find a product and program that pays affiliates for re-occurring sales. It is best to stay away from affiliate programs that only pay for the first sale or only pays on sales through affiliate links. These programs make money and build the customer base for the company but do little for the affiliate. A successful affiliate program is one where the affiliate and the company are true partners. Where affiliates can build a customer base for both themselves and the company and both can prosper. We have been affiliates with several companies in the prepaid calling (Telecom) business for the last 5 years and have found the following companies to be the best. They are the best because they treat affiliates as true partners and offer high quality products that are fairly priced so customers tend to use them over-and-over again.
The first is the Tel3Advantage prepaid long distance affiliate (agent) program. Tel3 has been in the prepaid calling business for over 15 years and has one of the best agent programs in the business. Affiliates earn an upfront bonus for each new customer (ranging from $5 to $25) and from 10 - 16% on reoccurring sales. They also offer bonuses and special promotions for agents so affiliates have the opportunity to earn significantly more money. We have been involved with several Telecom affiliate programs and this has been the best one for us.
The second one is the phone card partner program. This program offers affiliates the opportunity to build there own, free, customizable website that is filled with a variety of phone cards that can be purchased from over 100 countries. This is a true global business opportunity where it is common to get a significant number of repeat customers. This has been a good business for us because the phone cards are high quality and they are fairly priced so people use them over and over again. Comfi also helps the affiliates with promotion because they consider then to be true partners. This is a very import factor for success.
These are both good programs for people who are serious about making money online.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The advent of the INTERNET has no doubt had an impact on international calling rates but, even without competition from the INTERNET, the cost of making international phone calls has been dropping. This has been partially due to improvements in technology but a major factor has been industry deregulation which has dramatically increased competition by allowing new companies to enter the market. There is now a wide variety of international phone cards that can be used to make cheap calls from home, business or cell phones in more than 230 countries. The quality and convenience of these prepaid products have continued to improve as the cost continues to decline.
Another interesting product that can be used to make cheap international calls from nearly any location in the world is international callback. By using international callback phone service, cheap international calls can be made from any country by routing the phone call through a low cost third country. This can save international callers in some countries a lot of money. Especially those countries that keep artificially high international rates by not allowing competition. There are still many countries that route international calls through local, monopoly phone companies and international rates from these countries can be extremely high. International callback is a great way to save money when making calls from these countries.
Making cheap calls from France and the rest of Europe is easy because the market is mostly deregulated and there are many products to choose from. We especially like prepaid phone cards because they offer good value and ultimate convenience. They can be used while traveling to make calls from land-lines or cell phones and can be used to make cheap calls from hotels. Another option is PC-to-Phone service if a high speed INTERNET connection is available. There are many options for making cheap international calls these days, the best and cheapest option typically depends on the technology available to the user and the location where the caller expects to use the products.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tel3Advantage has another on-going promotion that is referred to as the Triple Bonus. new customers who sign-up under the triple bonus get a lower cash bonus but they save 30% or more on all of their calls for the first 30 days. Visit Tel3 Triple Bonus for more information or call 800 441 0321 and ask for the Triple Bonus.
Which Tel3Advantage bonus is best for you?? The best option depends on where you plan to call and how much you plan to talk during the first 30 days. For most people the Double Bonus is the best option because they get up to $18 added to their account that can be used to make calls at any time in the future. However, the Tel3 Advantage Triple Bonus is a better option for some people. These people will get a smaller bonus (up to $9) but they save 30% or more on calls for the first 30 days. This is the best option for people who want to make long duration calls to a relatively expensive location. Study both options and choose the one that works best for you.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
(011) + (country code) + (city code) + (phone number)
The first number in the sequence (in this case 011) is commonly referred to as an exit code or international access code. It can also be called an International Direct Dialing (IDD) code. This code can vary between countries but it is necessary because it identifies the call as international.
The following is an example of dialing an international call to Amman, Jordan from the USA.
011 962 6 + (local phone number)
In the above example the 011 is the IDD code. This code identifies the call as an international phone call. The proper IDD code to use depends on the country where the call originates. Visit dialing codes international for further information.
The second three-digit number (962) in the above example is the country code for Jordan. The country code will vary depending on the country called; visit Country and City Dialing Codes for a complete list of country codes.
The third number (6) is the city code for Amman, Jordan. The international city code is also a specific number. In the USA, this is commonly called an area code. AT&T provides one of the most comprehensive lists of city codes available. Visit Country and City Codes for more details.
These dialing codes are followed by the local phone number.
A similar sequence of numbers is used when a call is placed to a mobile phone located in another country. However, it should be noted that the cost for calling a mobile phone is typically much higher than making an international call to a house phone or any land line phone. Visit cheap international calling for information on saving money on international phone calls made from any location in the world.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Several VoIP service providers now advertise that they include free international calls to several countries with their phone service. Vonage and Lingo offer two of the most popular VoIP services. In most cases, the free calls included with these plans are to landlines not cell phones, as shown later; in most cases, international calls to cell phones are not cheap with these plans. Vonage indicates that they include free calls to 60 countries with their new Vonage World plan and Lingo advertises that free calls to 75 countries are included with their Lingo World Max service. Vonage charges around $32.60 per month (including taxes and fees) for their service and Lingo charges about $31 per month (including fees and taxes). In addition to the monthly service fees, users also need to pay for a high-speed INTERNET connection so neither service is actually free. Both calling plans also require a service contract (Lingo requires 2 years and Vonage requires 1 year) and charge an early termination fee if a customer chooses to stop using the service, so they are not a convenient option for short-term users. However, both phone services are good quality and one of them may be a good deal for those who want low cost home phone service and the ability to make frequent international calls to one or more of the countries covered by their plans.
Skype offers a very popular personal computer based phone service. It can be used to make free PC-to-PC calls worldwide so it is very popular with students, international business travelers and expats living around the world. Skype can also be used as a PC-to-Phone service where users can make calls to landlines or cell phones from their PC but there is a fee for this service. As shown later, Skype PC-to-Phone rates are not that cheap and Skype is not a very convenient option since calls are made from a PC so we believe there are better and cheaper options for making international calls to cell phones.
Prepaid long distance is another option so we examined the Tel3Advantage Flex Plan, which is one of the most popular prepaid plans in North America. It can be used to make cheap long distance calls from any phone (cell, home, business or pay phone) in Canada and the USA. It is a popular service for making cheap international calls because it is convenient to use, offers some of the lowest rates and does not require a monthly fee or contract.
We wanted to compare the above options with the rates offered by a high quality phone card so we chose the Continental Phone Card. It can be used to make cheap calls from over 60 countries and is one of the most versatile phone cards on the market. It has low fees relative to other phone cards but it does charge a 15% tax (surcharge) on calls so we include this in the per-minute rates listed in the Table below. The continental card is a virtual phone card that can be used from any kind of phone. Customers get a free on-line account where they can monitor activity and make changes to their account so it is a viable long or short-term option.
We have summarized the rates charged each minute for calls originating from the USA using the options listed above in the following table. We randomly selected a variety of popular destinations in order to compare rates to different regions of the world. Note that Tel3Advantage offers rates that are similar to phone cards on calls to cell phones in most locations while both VoIP service providers and Skype charge significantly higher rates.
|Sample Rates on Calls from the USA to Mobile Phones (US $ per Minute)|
|1||Vonage World , posted rates on 11/8/09|
|2||Lingo World Max, rates on 11/8/09|
|3||Skype Pay As You Go, posted rates on 11/8/09|
|4||Tel3Advantage Flex Plan, posted rates on 11/9/09|
|5||Continental Phone Card, including 15% tax. |
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Other than saving money, there are other good reasons for purchasing international phone cards before traveling. Some of these are listed below.
- It is a great way to budget money for phone calls since phone cards are prepaid and can be purchased in small denominations.
- There is a wide variety of virtual phone cards available on-line that can be used to make calls from nearly any country in the world. They can be used to make low cost long distance calls from pay phones in airports, hotels or nearly any major city in the world.
- Virtual phone cards are convenient because users can access their on-line account via the INTERNET from any location. Many virtual phone cards have an on-line call history so users can view a record of the calls and charges made on their phone card or even transfer funds between cards. They can also conveniently refill their phone card from any location.
- Virtual phone cards are safely stored in a customer’s online account so they cannot be lost or stolen.
Remember that phone cards do not have universal coverage so check the rates and accessibility for the countries you plan to use them from before making a purchase. Some merchants, like phone cards international, allow users to transfer funds between phone cards. This can be done conveniently through a customer’s on-line account and is a nice feature for those who plan travel to multiple countries or regions of the world. In any case, purchase high quality phone cards and check to be sure they will work from the countries being visited. This is easy to do if the phone cards are purchased from a reputable on line merchant.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Consumers who purchase phone cards at supermarkets or convenience stores may be missing a lot of these features and may also be paying a higher rate for calls since it is very easy to shop and compare rates and features on-line. Many high quality phone card websites offer free search features which makes it very easy to find and compare phone cards from any location in the world. Phone cards can be safely purchased on-line and they are safely and conveniently stored in an on-line customer account.
Some of the common features found with high quality virtual prepaid phone cards are listed below.
- PIN Free dialing has become a common feature with many virtual phone cards. It allows a caller to register phone numbers so they do not need to enter a special code when making calls from a registered phone. The registered phone numbers can be conveniently edited in the customer’s on-line account.
- Many virtual phone cards feature a permanent PIN so the code does not change each time the phone card is re-charged or purchased. These permanent PIN phone cards are typically stored in an on-line account that can be accessed by a user from any INTERNET connection.
- Most permanent PIN phone cards also allow an optional automatic recharge function. Many users find this to be an attractive option since it assures that they will not run out of funds during a call and the card is always available for use.
- Many virtual phone cards come with a call history feature that tracks and stores the details of each call (including location, length of call and cost). The call history can be accessed through the customer’s on-line account. This is a very handy feature that is typically included with high quality phone cards.
- Many on-line phone cards include a Speed Dial feature. This allows the user to add phone numbers to their personal account so they can call these numbers by pressing 2 or 3 numbers on their phone. This is a convenient feature for those who plan to make international calls to the same phone numbers.
- Some on-line merchants allow customers to transfer funds between phone cards. This is a useful feature for users who call to or from multiple locations and want to use the phone card offering the best rates.
- Most on-line merchants have a handy search tool built into their website that allows shoppers to search for the best phone card for their needs. These search tools will list phone cards with the lowest rates for making calls to and from specific locations. In many cases they also provide phone card quality ratings and a summary of features, taxes and fees.
- Some on-line phone cards, like the continental card, can also be used to make conference calls, international callback calls from virtually any location in the world and to set-up personal toll free numbers in the USA.
There are virtual phone cards or prepaid calling plans like Tel3Advantage that offer many of the features listed above as well as some other not so common features. Tel3 offers a mobile plan where users can make direct-dial international phone calls from their Mobile Phones. With Tel3 Mobile, users do not need to dial an access number or PIN code when placing an international call. They simply dial the international code and their call is automatically routed over the low cost Tel3 network. Tel3 also offers a business calling plan with many on-line tools and features that are ideal for small to medium size business users. Tel3Advantage can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance phone calls from Canada and the USA.
Phone cards have come a long way since their introduction in the 1970’s but companies like Tel3 and others continue to introduce new features and services so the virtual phone card of tomorrow will be even more useful than it is today.
Monday, October 19, 2009
International callback calls are triggered using different means depending on the product but the results are basically the same. The caller receives an international phone call from a low cost third country. After answering the call the caller can either place a low cost call through the callback service provider’s network by direct dialing the desired phone number or, in some cases, the call is automatically routed to the desired destination phone number. In either case, the caller can save a significant amount of money with international callback because they are receiving an international phone call not placing one from a high cost country.
One innovative type of international callback is e-mail triggered callback. This product is included as a very useful feature with the Continental Phone card. They refer to it as Web Call but we find this name a bit misleading. It implies that calls are made over the INTERNET but, in reality, it is a callback phone service where calls are initiated by sending a pre-formatted e-mail message. The calls are actually made over any standard land-line telephone or cell phone. Those interested in more details should visit the following page, Web Call.
The Continental Card is a very versatile phone card that can, among other things, be used to make cheap international calls from over 60 countries by calling an access number and placing a call. It can also be used to make conference calls, low cost VoIP or PC-to-Phone service and it can be used to set up a personal toll free phone number. The continental card can be used to fill a variety of telecom needs.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The first one is the Bison phone card. It is a premium phone card that can be used to make calls from the USA, Canada and 13 other countries (Western Europe). It fearures low fees, high voice quality, a 1 minute rounding interval and Toll Free access. Bison is a great phone card for making calls to or from Europe and other locations.
The second phone card is Simply. It can be used to make cheap calls from the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. This is one of our favorite phone cards. It features low rates, high voice quality, PIN free dialing and on-line call history.
Smart Global Call International Phone Cards features more than 35 different phone cards. Their phone cards have some of the lowest rates and can be used to make calls from over 230 countries. Customer get an on-line virtual account when they purchase a phone card and they can also transfer unused balances between cards so they can always use the optimum product. Smart Global call phone cards are guaranteed for quality and customer service is available 24/7.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Mobile phones are fairly inexpensive when used to make calls in the USA but the rates charged by most carriers for making international calls are outrageous when compared to other options. International calling rates charged by most mobile carriers are $1 or more per-minute. Many users choose to pay these high rates to make occasional international calls because making calls through their mobile phone carrier is much more convenient than using other means, like phone cards, where they are required to dial special numbers and codes to make a call. In the past, phone cards were about the only option a mobile user had available for making cheap international calls. However, things have changed, Tel3 recently introduced TEL3Apps which allows callers to make cheap international mobile calls from their phones without dialing special numbers or codes. All a mobile phone user needs to do is open an account with Tel3Advantage and they can download the free TEL3Apps software onto their cell phones and they can make direct dial international calls from their cell phone over the low cost Tel3 network. With TEL3Apps, a caller does not need to dial an access number or enter a PIN code when making an international call so it is just like using their cell phone carrier except it only costs a few cents to make a call. TEL3Apps will work with over 450 different cell phones so there is usually nothing to change. Also, Tel3Advantage customers can use the same account to make cheap international calls from any kind of phone so usage is not limited to their mobile phone. Tel3Apps is new but Tel3 has been in the prepaid long distance calling business since 1994 and have over 100,000 customers in North America. They are also rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau so they are a trusted company that offers superior quality and customer service. Visit their website for more information or call 800 441 0321.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
So what does the promotion mean? Tel3Advantage normally offers a bonus for new customers who open an account and deposit $25 or more. During this promotion new customers will get double the normal bonus according to the following schedule:
Deposit $10 and receive an additional $2 (there is normally no bonus for this amount).
Deposit $25 and receive an additional $10 (the normal bonus is $5)
Deposit $50 and receive an additional $14 ( the normal bonus is $7)
Deposit $100 and receive an additional $18 ( the normal bonus is $9)
Tel3Advantage is one of the most popular prepaid calling plans in North America and now is a great time to give it a try. It can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance calls from any kind of telephone in Canada or the USA. It is especially popular with people who make frequent international phone calls since it can be conveniently used from mobile phones as well as house or business phones. It can be used with any existing service provider so there is nothing to change and opening an account is free. There are never any monthly or weekly maintenance fees like those charged by other companies. In general, there are no hidden fees. Customers only pay the per-minute charges listed on the Tel3Advantage website when they place a call with no other fees or taxes. Tel3 also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau which is very good for a company that has been marketing prepaid calling products for over 15 years.
Those interested in other low cost calling products like phone cards, voip or PC-to-Phone should visit the cheap international calling guide for more information.
Monday, September 14, 2009
First and foremost we believe that Tel3Advantage offers the best prepaid calling product for making either domestic or international long distance calls from North America. Tel3 has been in the prepaid calling business for along time (around 15 years) and it is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating. What does this rating mean? Well the BBB defines an A+ rating as, “An exemplary rating. This means that nothing in our files causes us to have any doubt about the company’s reliability.” A review of BBB comments is not a bad place to start when searching for the “Best Phone Card” but what makes Tel3Advantage better than the competition? There are several reasons but one big one is that they listen and adjust to the market. For starters, they offer a high quality product with low rates on calls to almost any location in the world. They also present their rates in an honest manner with no hidden charges, taxes or extra fees so a potential customer knows exactly what they will pay per-minute when they place a call. They have a wide network of access numbers in Canada and the USA so a user will almost never find a busy signal when dialing an access number. They are also innovators; Tel3Advantage offers programs with special features for mobile phone users and small to medium size businesses. Tel3Advantage also comes complete with popular features such as on-line account management, call history, speed dial and PIN free dialing. The only negative we know of is that Tel3Advantage can only be used to make calls from Canada and the USA.
Along with Tel3Advantage, there are at least two other phone cards that could be considered the best in their class. These are sold under the brand names Continental and Simply. Both of these phone cards are sold by Smart Global Call Phone Cards International. The Continental phone card is one of the most popular and is also one of our favorites. It has very high voice quality and is one of the most versatile prepaid calling products. It can be used as a phone card to make international calls via access numbers located in more than 60 countries but it can also be used in other applications. Some of these are prepaid VoIP, prepaid conference calling, prepaid PC-to-Phone, SMS call and Web Call. We find the Web Call feature to be one of the most interesting. Using Web Call, a user can connect two phones anywhere in the world by sending a preformatted e-mail message to a computer. This means that a caller in a country like Saudi Arabia can make a very cheap international call to the USA or any other country by avoiding the local monopoly phone system. The continental card also comes complete with features like on-line account management, call history and PIN free dialing.
Many people consider the AT&T phone card to be one of the best phone cards. We also believe it is one of the best in terms of voice quality, billing accuracy and range of use. It is one of the few phone cards that can be used to make calls from around 200 countries. However, it has extremely high rates when compared to other phone cards and it comes with no features except toll free access. It does not even have PIN free dialing so a caller must dial an access number and enter a complex PIN code before placing a call. Therefore, we think the AT&T phone card may be a good option for some international travelers but it is not the best phone card for long-term use. As discussed above, there are far cheaper options with similar voice quality that are also much more convenient to use.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Algeria 6.5 cents/min
Korea, South 1.3
The rates listed above are to landlines. Rates to mobile phones will likely be different so it is a good idea to check the rates on the Tel3 website before opening an account. There are a variety of other options for making cheap international calls but Tel3 is one of the more popular options offered in North America. It can be used from any kind of phone without changing carriers and does not require a long term contract or other obligation. It also does not have any hidden charges, taxes or account maintenance fees. Tel3 also has a very responsive customer service department and is the only company in the industry rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Virtual phone cards purchased on-line tend to have many more added features than those purchased from off-line vendors. Even high priced phone cards like those offered by AT&T or MCI do not come with any added features. They typically have high call quality and include toll free access numbers but callers still need to enter a PIN code each time they make a call. Companies like Tel3 offer a high quality virtual phone card that comes with a full range of features. Their Tel3Advantage prepaid calling plan can be used like a phone card but it comes with an online account where customers can do things like view their account balance, review their call history, set speed dial numbers (up to 99) and set-up phones they want to use to make calls without dialing a PIN code. Tel3Advantage has much lower rates than the high cost companies with similar call quality but also comes with a full range of added features at no additional cost.
Several virtual phone cards offer a Call History feature. These cards come with a virtual account that can access via the INTERNET and users can log into their account and see the history of every call made with their phone card. They can see the duration, location called and charge for each call made with their phone card. Call history is a nice feature since it provides a full accounting of the charges made for each call.
Not all phone cards come with a Call History feature. The following are some that we are aware of: Continental, Golden Lotus, Hello from UK and Simply. These can all be found on the Smart Global Call Phone Cards International website. Be advised, Call History is a phone card feature that is very easy to get use to. Once a phone card with added features is used, it is hard to go back to a plain vanilla phone card.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The phone card market is confusing to most consumers because phone card carriers have been creative in devising hidden fees and other tricks so they can advertise extremely low rates and still make money. In most cases, because of hidden charges, callers end up paying more than they expect when placing calls. We have listed the common hidden fees below and have provided some tips so phone card shoppers can at least make an informed purchase and have a basic understanding of the market.
To avoid many common consumer mistakes, we suggest purchasing phone cards from websites where all of the fees are fully disclosed in an easy to read format and customers rate phone cards. There are websites that provide simple to use tools so users can compare phone cards in a simple to understand format. Websites like smartglobalcall.net display customer ratings for all of the phone cards they sell.
1. Check the rate (usually cents/min) to the destination you want to call. Remember that the rates listed or advertised are normally to house phones (landlines). Calls made to cell phones often have higher rates. Also, the advertised rates typically do not include phone card fees or taxes that can significantly increase the cost of a call.
2. Look for added fees, taxes and hidden costs. These should be listed in an easy to read format but can also be buried in the fine print. Remember you will likely pay more than the advertised rate when using a phone card so the trick is to minimize the added fees. Added fees will be called things like connection fee, disconnection fee, taxes, maintenance fee, pay phone fee and long call fee. These fees will vary between calling cards. Some phone cards will have all or most of these added fees and others will not have any of them.
3. Phone cards will also have different rounding or billing increments. These are often in one, three or 6-minute increments. The billing increment can have a significant impact on the calling cost depending on how the calling card is used. A calling card with a one-minute billing increment will charge a customer 4 minutes for a 3.5 minute call while a calling card with a 3 minute billing increment will charge a customer 6 minutes for the same call. The cost of a call is rounded up to the next billing increment so; in general, a card with a lower billing increment has a lower cost.
4. Phone card fees are typically minimized if calling cards are purchased in smaller denominations and used for one call or over a short period-of-time. In general, phone card fees do not start until it is used the first time. Many companies offer calling cards in denominations of $5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. We recommend trying a small denomination card ($5 to $10) before making a large purchase. In most cases, it is generally better to buy several small denomination cards than to purchase one with a big denomination.
5. The call quality of a phone card depends on the international carrier used and is not always equal between vendors to a given location. There are many international telecom carriers and call quality will vary between carriers. There are generally three levels of call quality (referred to as Tier 1, 2 and 3) with regard to telecom carriers. Tier 1 carriers offer the best quality but they also charge the highest rates. Therefore, in general, calling cards with the lowest advertised rates also tend to have the lowest call quality because they use lower Tier carriers.
6. Check for local access number availability. Many cheap calling cards have low per minute rates but have few local access numbers and charge 1 or 2 cents per minute extra for using a toll free access number.
7. All phone cards carry an FCC imposed fee for using a pay phone in the USA. However, the rate will vary between phone cards (it ranges from around $0.49 to $1) so check this rate if you plan to use a pay phone.
8. Phone cards typically have an expiration date so be sure and use the card before it expires.
9. Purchase phone cards from a vendor that has 24/7 customer service. If nothing else, you may have a question or need some advice.
10. Look for added features. Many phone cards have a full range of useful features that some users may value while others may not. For example, the AT&T phone card has very high call quality (also high rates) but almost no features. Others have features like PIN free dialing, call history, speed dial and automatic recharge, which make the cards easier and more convenient to use.
So, how should a consumer use this information? There are a few things to consider. First, try to compare phone cards on the same basis. When phone card rates are adjusted for hidden fees, taxes and other billing tricks, many calling cards with very cheap advertised rates actually cost as much or more to use than a moderately priced card with higher call quality. Remember, a calling card that cannot be used nor has extremely poor quality is worthless to the user. Any money spent on a purchase is simply lost.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Phone cards are also easy to use. All a caller needs to do is dial and access number (local or toll free depending on the phone card), enter a PIN code and place a call to any phone in the world. Many on-line phone cards include features such as speed dial or PIN free dialing which makes it very easy to place a call to any location. In many cases, they also include an on-line call history so a user can track the details for every call made with their phone card. Phone cards are also very portable, they can used from any kind of telephone (mobile, home, hotel, pay-phone or business phone). They can also be used to make calls from nearly any country in the world.
One popular virtual phone card that can be used to make cheap long distance calls from the USA or Canada is offered by Tel3. The Tel3Advantage flex plan is a very popular prepaid calling plan with more than 100,000 frequent users in North America. It is a high quality product that can be used from any kind of phone without changing service providers and has very low rates to any location in the world. It is a very good option for people who travel in North America and want the ability to make cheap international calls from any location.
It is easy to save money on long distance calls from any kind of telephone with prepaid phone cards.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
France is a very popular international calling destination from the USA, Canada and other countries. With new technology, low cost international calls can be made to or from France from any country in the world. However, when it comes to international calling, one best option does not fit every situation so we have provided the following review of some popular products that are recognized for both high quality and low cost.
For people who want to call France from the USA or Canada than Tel3 is hard to beat. They offer the Tel3Advantage Flex plan which is essentially a hybrid virtual phone card. Without going into a lot of detail, it can be used with any kind of phone and any existing service provider. Tel3 is also reputable supplier who has been in the prepaid calling business for more than a decade and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.....the only firm in this industry with such a rating. They have great service and great rates. They also have a promo going now where new customers can call France from the USA or Canada for as little as 1.4 cents per minute and get up to 643 Free Minutes. Visit cheap calls to France for more details.
For people who want to make low cost international calls to France from other locations we recommend International Phone Cards. We, of course, recommend virtual phone cards that are purchased on-line because it is easier to shop and find the optimum phone card for your situation. On-line phone cards also tend to have lower rates, more features and performance is guaranteed. On-line phone cards can be used to make cheap calls from over 130 countries.
People who want to explore these or other international calling options in more detail should visit a website like Smart Global Call which specializes in low cost options for making calls over land-lines, mobile phones or computer INTERNET connections.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Some countries charge a high surcharge on out-bound international calls. International callers in these countries can save a lot of money with Web Call since they they will be paying for an in-bound international call from a low cost, third country not an out-bound call from the country where they are located. The following table shows some examples of the potential savings over typical phone card rates for calls to the USA from some high cost countries. Rates are in USA cents per minute.
A comparison of phone card rates versus Web Call rates on international calls to the USA from some selected countries.
Bahrain: Phone Card Rate 21 cents/min, Web Call Rate 9.7 cents/min
China: Phone Card Rate 11 cents/min, Web Call Rate 2 cents/min
India: Phone Card Rate 11 cents/min, Web Call Rate 5.9 cents/min
Jamaica: Phone Card Rate 17.5 cents/min, Web Call Rate 8.5 cents/min
Jordan: Phone Card Rate 28 cents/min, Web Call Rate 8.6 cents/min
Kazakhstan: Phone Card Rate 55 cents/min, Web Call Rate 7.3 cents/min
Nepal: Phone Card Rate 105 cents/min, Web Call Rate 15.1 cents/min
Nigeria: Phone Card Rate 50 cents/min, Web Call Rate 10.5 cents/min
Syria: Phone Card Rate 112 cents/min, Web Call Rate 13.7 cents/min
UAE: Phone Card Rate 95 cents/min, Web Call Rate 14.7 cents/min
As the information above shows, the savings can be significant. The rates shown are for calls to the USA but Web Call can be used to call any country from any other country. It is a high quality product that can also be used as a phone card to make calls from over 60 countries. However, Web Call has better rates than a phone card and is more convenient to use as long as the caller has access to the INTERNET. Visit Web Call for rates to all countries and information on opening an account. Happy calling.
Monday, July 6, 2009
This is a new application but Tel3 is not new to the prepaid calling market. They have been selling prepaid calling services for more than a decade and are the only company in the prepaid calling business with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Their Tel3Advantage prepaid long distance calling plan is one of the most popular plans of its kind in North America with more than 100,000 active customers. It can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance calls from any phone in Canada or the USA without changing companies. It also has low per minute rates to all locations with no hidden fees or taxes.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the BBB, it is an organization that gathers and reports information on business reliability, alerts the public to potential fraud against consumers and businesses, provides ethical business practices, and acts as a mutually trusted intermediary between the public and businesses to resolve disputes. An A+ rating is not easy to obtain and Tel3 has done a great job to reach that level.
Tel3 offers prepaid calling plans to customers in the USA and Canada. Their most popular calling plan is the Tel3Advantage Flex Plan that can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance from any phone in North America. They also offer a business plan and a mobile plan that are very popular for making cheap international calls. Visit their website at Tel3Advantage or call 800 441 0321 for more information.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Rates on international calls to Antigua & Barbuda were lowered from 14 cents/min to 11.7 cents/min (16%).
Rates to Santa Fe, Argentina were lowered from 2.9 cents/min to 1.9 cents/min (34%).
Rates on international calls to Bolivia were lowered from 11 cents to 8.1 cents/min (26%)
Rates on international calls to Bulgaria were lowered from 8 cents to 3 cents/min (62.5%)
Rates on calls to Cape Verde were lowered from 28 cents to 17.9 cents/min (36%)
Rates on international calls to Guadaloupe were dropped from 13 cents to 3.4 cents/min (74%).
Rates on calls to Jakarta, Indonesia were lowered from 4.5 cents to 2.8 cents/min (38%)
Rates on Calls to Kyrgyzstan were lowered from 15.4 cents to 9.2 cents/min (40%)
Rates on calls to Toluca, Mexico were lowered from 6.5 cents to 1.9 cents/min (71%)
Rates on calls to Norway were lowered from 3 cents to 2 cents/min (33%)
Rates on calls to Palua were dropped from 40 cents to 24.1 cents/min (40%)
Rates on international calls to Sri Lanka were lowered from 18 cents to 10.6 cents/min (41%)
Rates on calls to Thailand were lowered from 5.5 cents to 1.5 cents/min (73%)
Rates on calls to Zambia were lowered from 12 cents to 4 cents/min (67%)
Rates on calls to Zimbabwe were lowered from 10 cents to 6.8 cents/min (32%)
Tel3Advantage is a prepaid calling plan that can be used to make low cost domestic and international long distance from the USA or Canada. It is a high quality call plan that can be used from any kind of telephone (mobile, home or business) and any existing phone service. It offers some of the lowest rates in the industry and has now hidden fees or taxes like many phone card type products. New customers can get free minutes and a 30% discount on all calls for the first 30 days by taking advantage of their current Triple Promo. Visit Tel3Advantage for details or call 800 441 o321 and ask for the Triple Promo.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
There are a variety of options for making cheap calls to India from the USA, Canada and other international locations. One option we especially like this Father's Day is the Champion Phone Card. There are several reasons why this card is a super low cost option.
- It is a high quality international phone card with some of the highest consumer ratings for voice quality and customer service.
- The Champion has very low fees when compared to most phone cards. It does not have a maintenance fee or any connection fees.
- It has a wide network of local access numbers and also a toll free access number that can be used from the USA or Canada.
- The champion phone card uses a one minute billing increment unlike many cards that use a 3 or 6 minute increment. This means that the length of your call will be rounded to the next minute for billing purposes.
- It features PIN free dialing so it is not necessary to dial a PIN code or account number when placing a call.
- It has low rates on calls to India with no hidden fees.
- It can be purchased on-line with instant delivery.
- The Champion card can be purchased for as little as $5 and is fully guaranteed for quality.
- Purchase a phone card now and save 10% for a limited time.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Deposit $10 and get $2 in Bonus Funds
Deposit $25 and get $10 in Bonus Funds
Deposit $50 and get $14 in Bonus Funds
Deposit $100 and get $18 in Bonus Funds
Not a bad deal considering Tel3Advantage offers the most popular prepaid calling plan in North America. The flex plan has over 100,000 active customers who routinely use the service to make cheap international calls to any location in the world. The service can be used with any existing service and any kind of phone (cell, home, business, etc.) without changing anything. It is convenient to use and very easy to make calls. The service can be used from the USA and Canada. Tel3Advantage is an honest calling plan with no hidden fees or taxes. This can be verified through an on line call history in every customers personal on-line account that records the length and cost for each call. Now is a great time to try Tel3Advantage and save money on calls to Dad.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The summer travel season is fast approaching and many Americans will be heading to Europe for vacation despite the weak economy. If fact, there are some good deals to be had on air travel, hotels and rental cars because of the weak economy in most locations around the world. We were recently in Moscow and paid ½ the rate we paid 6 months ago for the same hotel room.
Most people will want to call home a few times during a trip abroad so it is a good idea to carry a phone card. We suggest purchasing a phone card before you leave home because you have more time to shop (on-line) and choose the right phone card for your trip. You will likely find a better quality card at a better price than if you wait and purchase one abroad at a hotel, airport or other location frequented by tourists. Most on-line international phone card merchants provide customers with an on-line account. This is a handy feature for travelers because they can access their account via the internet from any location in the world to find a local access number, add funds or make other changes to their account. Many on-line phone cards also include other handy features like Speed Dial, PIN free dialing and call history that make international calling much easier.
We have a couple of phone card recommendations for people who want to make cheap calls to the USA or other locations from Europe. The first phone card we would recommend is a new card called Solaris. It has high user ratings for quality and has a wide range of local and toll free access numbers in every European country. It can be used to make cheap international calls from over 100 countries so it has very wide coverage and is ideal for people who plan to visit several countries during a trip. It also has no maintenance or connection fee and some of the lowest rates on international calls. Another high quality phone card is Continental. It can be used to make cheap calls from over 60 countries. The continental card comes with several features like speed dial, call history and PIN free dialing which makes it very convenient to use. Smart Global Call Phone Cards International sells these and other high quality calling cards.
People who want to make cheap calls to Europe have a wider range of options. Rates are generally cheaper on international calls from the USA or Canada to Europe than they are from Europe to the USA or Canada. Therefore, it is cheaper to make calls that originate in North America if possible. This is not always possible so a high quality phone card is the next best option.