Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Phone Card Sale - 10% Discount

Get a 10% discount on all of our premium phone cards at Smart Global Call through December 27th. Visit Christmas Phone Card Sale to select your favorite phone card. This includes a 10% discount on AT&T phone cards or choose from a wide selection of international phone cards that can be used from over 130 countries. Our most popular cards are continental, luky minutes, solaris and simply. Visit the above link and click on the phone card tab at the top for a complete list.

Continental is one of our favorite cards because it has premium call quality and is very versatile. It can be used as a conventional phone card or as a call back card (web call feature) or even to make conference calls. It also comes with many popular features like speed dial, call history and PIN free dialing. It can be used to make cheap calls from the USA and over 60 other countries. If you plan to travel over the holiday season than we have a phone card for you.

You can also send a phone card as a last minute gift to someone who is far away. We have a convenient gift option where you can send a gift and the recipient can choose the card they want from our wide selection.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tel3Advantage Holiday Promotion

Tel3Advantage has started a holiday promotion today and it will last until January 3, 2011. During the holiday promo new customers will get double the normal bonus when they sign-up for Tel3 prepaid long distance. This is a super offer for people who want to make cheap international phone calls during the holidays. Deposit as little as $10 and start making cheap calls from any phone in North America or deposit more and get more free minutes.

Tel3 has two options for new customers to use when they open an account. These are the following:

1. Get a slightly lower up-front bonus but get 30% lower rates for the first 30 days. This option is called the Triple Promo and is described on the following page Tel3 Triple Promo.

2. Using the second option new customers get more up-front bonus but do not get the 30% discount on rates. This option is summarized on this page Tel3Advantage.

You can also call 800 441 0321 and talk with a Tel3Advantage representative.

Which is the best option? For most people the Triple Bonus is the best option. It is especially good for those who only want to use the service over the holidays or for a short period of time.

Tel3Advantage offers one of the most popular prepaid calling plans in North America with over 100,000 active customers. It can be used with any existing service provider to make cheap international calls from any phone. It can be used to make calls from Canada or the USA. Customers get exceptional service and call quality at surprisingly low rates with no taxes or hidden fees. Now is a great time to try Tel3Advantage.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rebtel Promo Code - Rebtel Voucher is Good through January 2011

Rebtel is having a nice promotion which lasts through the holiday season. New customers will get $5 in Free Calls if they use the following voucher code when they sign-up. There are three codes, new customers should use the one which corresponds to their currency.

US Dollars REPTEL5 ($5 in Free Calls)
GB Pounds RebtelGB3.5 (3.5 GB Pounds in Free Calls)
Euro RebtelEUR4 (4 Euro in Free Calls)

This promotion lasts until January 31, 2011. To learn more about Rebtel or open an account simply click on the banner at the bottom of this post.

Rebtel is a popular prepaid calling plan that can be used to make cheap international phone calls from any kind of telephone in 51 countries. They boast a customer base of over 3 million. We do not if that is true but we have received good feedback on this product. It is easy to use and many people tell us they have been happy with the quality.



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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Who Makes Calls to the Maldives?

If you want to make cheap international phone calls to the Maldives from the USA or Canada than you should consider using Tel3Advantage. They have an amazing rate of only 8.9 cents per minute if you open a new account using their Triple Promotion. Visit cheap calls to Maldives for more information or call 800 441 0321 to speak with a Tel3Advantage representative. If you call, mention the triple promo to get this rate.

This is by far the best rate we have found for similar service. Most high quality phone cards charge between 15 and 20 cents per minute and most are not as convenient to use as Tel3Advantage. The Triple Promo rate is only good for 30 days than increases but people who only want short term service or those who call frequently can save a substantial amount of money.

Tel3Advantage offers one of the most popular prepaid calling plans in North America because they combine high quality service with low rates, convenience and flexibility. Tel3Advantage can be used to make cheap international phone calls to any location in the world from any kind of telephone. It is a very popular international calling plan with cell phone users. Tel3Advantage is a prepaid plan and there is no contract, monthly fees or long term obligation. All a customer needs to do is sign-up, deposit as little as $10 and start making calls.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tel3Advantage Turkey Day Promotion

Tel3 Advantage is having a Thanksgiving Day promotion for new customers who sign-up for their prepaid phone service through November 26, 2010. New customers who sign-up during the Tel3 promo will receive double the normal sign-up bonus. The bonus can be used to make long distance phone calls to any location. Those interested can sign-up using the link below or by calling 800 441 0321. New customers will get up to 1800 Free minutes of call time, depending on where they call, if they sign-up during this promotion. Tel3 Advantage Thanksgiving Promotion

Tel3Advantage is one of the most popular prepaid long distance calling plans in North America. It can be used to make cheap calls to any location in the world from any kind of telephone in the USA or Canada. It is especially popular with cell phone users who make frequent international phone calls because it is easy to use and comes with many useful features, like the ability to make international calls from SMART phones without dialing and extra numbers (No access numbers, account numbers or PIN codes). Tel3 also has some of the lowest rates and uses the highest quality connections. Find out why it is not necessary to purchase another phone card by trying Tel3Advantage for as little as $10 during this promotion.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Phone.com VoIP Service Wins Award

Phone.com VoIP phone service has won the New Jersey Technology Council's (NJTC) Communications Company of the Year award for 2010. They will receive the award at a the NJTC annual awards ceremony held on November 17, 2010.

Phone.com is known for providing high quality, low cost home and business VoIP phone service. Their home service plans start at $9.88 per month and includes a full range of features and 250 minutes of long distance service. Monthly plans with unlimited long distance start at $17.88 per month. They are currently offering 15% off their basic plan for 6 months is coupon code 15OFF is used at check-out. Phone.com does not require a contract so there is no risk for trying the service. It is a good option for people who want cheap home phone service with unlimited domestic long distance. There are better options for those who want to make cheap international phone calls. Use the button below to visit there website.



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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stay Connected When Traveling With A Calling Card

If you are planning on traveling overseas in the near future, whether for business or pleasure, you will no doubt want to keep in contact with loved ones or business contacts in other countries. If you are traveling for pleasure then you might want to share all your new experiences with friends and family at home, or just let them know that you are doing ok. International calls are extremely important when it comes to business. You may find yourself traveling to meet new clients and need to touch base with the office but don’t want to pay the extortionate international call rates.

Using your cell phone from another country can get very expensive, very quickly so how do you avoid getting hit by huge bills once you’re back in the country? International calling cards are the answer. You can use your calling card pretty much wherever you are; use it with landline phones, phone booths and even your own mobile phone. Not only are calling cards convenient and easy to use, they are still the cheapest way to make international calls by a long stretch.

Phone cards are easy to pick up with most airports and convenience stores stocking them, so you can pick them up just before you go to jet off. The phone card set up may seem like an old system but it continues to work well so why change it? The phone card works like a credit card and is available in various amounts so you can keep an eye on your spending. You pre-pay for the card and the amount of money you spend correlates with the amount minutes you are given.

When you purchase your phone card you will be given a PIN number which you dial before dialing the phone number of the person you want to call. The card will connect via an access number which is either toll-free or local access. Once you have used up all the minutes on the card you can just dispose of it and buy a new one. Some cards are even refillable and you can top them up over the phone.

Calling cards are great for those traveling abroad. They make it easy to stay in touch with friends and family whilst still moving around. The other option is to apply for a long distance plan or service but this can sometime tie you up to a contract and aren’t as convenient as the simple phone card. You can take the card with you wherever you travel and use it through your cell phone or any landline phone.

When choosing the best calling card for your travel make sure you take into consideration all the various options that are available on the market. Look out for cards with added convenience features and don’t get caught out by any additional carrier fees. Also make sure that customer services will be available for you wherever you are in the world should anything go wrong with your phone card.

For more information on keeping the cost of international calling down whilst traveling, visit the Smart Global Call website.

How To Save Money On Your International Phone Bill

Many people all over the world are paying far too much for making international calls. A great way of saving money and still keeping touch with loved ones or business associates whilst traveling is to use an international phone card. These phone cards, or calling cards as they are sometimes known, work on a prepaid account basis enabling the user to make calls without worrying about any hidden charges.

Most phone cards work on a prepaid basis nowadays, as this means that you can keep in touch with people all over the world whilst still enjoying very competitive prices. The prepaid card works on the basis that you pay for the full value of long distance rates or for a certain number of minutes, in advance of using the card. The best place to get a good deal on an international calling card is the internet. Here you will find that the rates are at their most competitive due to low overheads and fierce competition between companies offering the same service.

When it comes to cheap international calling with prepaid phone cards then you need look no further than Smart Global Call. They are committed to finding you the cheapest rates on international calls and their site makes it easier for you to compare rates, phone card features and lots more. Smart Global Call is your one-stop shop for phone cards with a wide range of products that can be used in over 130 countries.

Phone cards are a great for those looking to make cheap domestic and international long distance phone calls. They are simple to use and can be used from any kind of telephone to help keep your international phone bill down. Whether you are a student, off on your travels, military personnel or just someone looking to cut down on costs on international phone calls then you need a phone card.

You’re probably not alone if you think of a phone card as something that is quite old fashioned. But if it has been a while since you’ve actually used one you will see that they have improved drastically. Many of the old cards would have cheap rates but the call quality was terrible. Some also had hidden fees that you had to watch out for. Nowadays, you can get some really high quality phone cards that combine top quality connections with competitive tariffs. These are perfect for those who find themselves traveling a lot and simply have to make important international calls but don’t want to be hit with huge fees.

If you don’t like the idea of using a phone card then another option to keep the cost of international calls down is a prepaid long distance calling plan. There are lots of plans out there to choose from but they all work on the same basis of making international calls cheaper. You can make your call from any phone in the USA or Canada without out even needing to change companies. The calls go through a low cost network by dialing a local or toll free access number. With most networks there is no charge to open and maintain an account.

Most prepaid calling plans have extra features to enjoy as well. This will differ between networks of course, but look out for these add-ons as they will more than likely benefit from having them.
For more information on lowering your international phone bill, why not visit the Smart Global Call website and see if you can save yourself some money!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Rates on Calls to India for Diwali Holiday

Rebtel has announced a special promotion on calls to India for the 2010 Diwali Holiday. The rate will be only 1.5 cents per-minute which is one of the best rates around on international calls to India. That is one reason why India is the most popular calling destination for Rebtel and it is one of the most popular prepaid calling products used by people who frequently call India. Rebtel is a nice, high quality product that can be used to make cheap international calls from any kind of telephone from more than 60 countries.

In addition to the low rate to India. People who sign-up for Rebtel before January 31, 2011 and deposit as little as $10 can get $5 in Free Calls by using Promo Code REBTEL5. Those interested in more information on Rebtel should visit Call to India for only 1.5c for more information.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Prepaid Phone Card

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Consumer Alert in July, 2010 covering Prepaid Phone Cards. The title of the alert is "When Minutes Matter: Choosing a Pre-paid Phone Card" and it contains some valuable tips for consumers. Some of there are summarized below.

The FTC indicates that "some" calling cards come with hidden fees that will reduce the minutes of talk time purchased. In our opinion, most phone cards come with hidden fees or taxes that will reduce the minutes purchased or increase the advertised rate per-minute to a specific location. Consumers should be aware of this and try to find a phone card with a fee structure that works best for them. A few phone cards have very low fees or, in some cases, no hidden fees but these are relatively rare and usually have higher advertised rates in order to make up for their lack of hidden fees. A couple that come to mind are the AT&T Phone Card and the Tel3Advantage prepaid calling plan. Both of these prepaid products have no hidden fees or taxes but higher advertised rates per-minute. Not all hidden fees are bad, there are other international phone cards with low fees but the fee structure tends to vary between phone cards so consumers should understand how these work so they can find the optimum prepaid phone card for their situation. The FTC advised that consumers should ask the following before making a phone card purchase:

Are fees going to decrease the value of the phone card? Some common fees to look for:
  • Post-Call, Disconnect or hang-up fees: these are charged each time a user hangs up the phone after using the card.
  • Maintenance fees: charges deducted from the value of the card shortly after using the card and at regular intervals thereafter.
  • Pay Phone Surcharges: charges deducted if you use the card at a pay phone.

We would like to add a few common hidden fees that the FTC failed to mention.

  1. Many cards charge a connection fee: This is a charge made each time a call is connected using the card. In our opinion, this is one of the worst hidden charges because the same charge is made for short or long calls and for calls made to a mis-dialed number.
  2. Phone Cards use a rounding interval for billing purposes: This hidden charge is hard for most individuals to understand. Phone cards use a rounding interval for billing purposes. These range from a few seconds to 6 or even 10 minutes. What this means is that the length of the call will be increased to the next rounding interval and the customer will be charged for that many minutes. An example will help explain the process; Assume a person makes a 30 second phone call using 3 phone cards with different rounding intervals. These are cards with 1, 3 and 6 minute rounding intervals for billing purposes. The caller would be billed for a one minute call using the first phone card (rounded to the next 1 minute), a 3 minute call using the second phone card and a 6 minute call using the third card. It is easy to see how this can make a big difference in the cost of a call and is a well disguised hidden fee that even the FTC did not mention.
  3. A long call fee: Some phone cards will charge an extra fee for calls that last over a certain number of minutes.
  4. A user fee: Some cards simply charge a user fee. This is applied like a sales tax that will be charged as a percentage of the charge for the call. These fees typically range between 15 and 30% so they can significantly increase the cost of a call.

We agree with most of the comments made by the FTC in their consumer alert. We especially believe that consumers should look for a phone card merchant that has a toll-free customer service phone number and that consumers should purchase phone cards they are not familiar with in small denominations. We would like to add one more piece of advice. Be especially suspicious of phone cards that advertise extremely low rates relative to the competition. These may offer very poor quality connections or have some well disguised hidden charges, in any case, the old adage even works with phone cards "if it seems too good to be true than it probably is not true".

Sunday, October 17, 2010

How to make Cheap International Calls to Asia

With large Asian immigrant populations and booming economies, the countries in Asia have quickly become one of the most popular calling destinations from North America. The international calling cost to most locations in Asia has come down in recent years and is now very cheap. It is easy to find prepaid calling products with rates that are lower than 2 cents per-minute on international calls from the USA to major countries such as China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Several sources list options for making cheap calls to Asia and other locations so it is relatively easy to find low cost prepaid calling products to any location in Asia.

Rates on calls to some countries is Asia are still relatively high. For example, a good rate on an international call from North America to the Philippines is still around 9 cents per-minute and calls to countries like Afghanistan, Myanmar and Nepal can be much higher. We did find a great rate on calls to the Maldives from the USA and Canada. Tel3Advantage offers a rate of only 8.9 cents per minute (plus up to 101 free minutes) through their Triple Promotion for new customer's. This rate includes all fees and taxes and is far better than anything else on the market. It is only good for the first 30 days but it may be all that some people need. Those interested in the Triple Promo rate to the Maldives and any other location should visit Tel3Advantage or call 800 441 0321 for details. They have some of the best rates on international calls to Asia and other locations from the USA and Canada. Tel3Advantage is also very easy to use. It can be used from any phone with any existing phone service (land-line or mobile) and does not require monthly fees or a contract. A customer simply deposits some money and uses the service whenever they like and any unused money will simply stay in the account. High quality service, convenience and flexibility has made Tel3Advantage on of the most popular prepaid calling service providers in North America.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prepaid Phone Cards for Mobile Phones

Mobile phone service providers charge extremely high rates for international long distance calls so many mobile phone users rely on prepaid phone cards for saving money on overseas calls. Other mobile phone users save money by using prepaid cell phones where they only pay for the minutes used each month. Some online merchants sell prepaid cell phone recharge cards at a discount so users can save even more money. In either case, prepaid phone cards are becoming more popular with mobile phone users.

Mobile phone service providers typically charge $1 or more per minute for international calls while the same call can be made for a few cents per minute with a prepaid phone card. A very popular prepaid calling plan used by mobile phone users in the USA and Canada is the Tel3Advantage Flex Plan. It can be used to make cheap international calls from any cell phone without changing companies and with no long term contract or other commitment. It is a simple to use prepaid service that can be used on a short or long term basis. Tel3Advantage does not charge any service fees, taxes or other hidden charges so the rate per minute advertised on their website to a destination is the actual rate charged (rounded up to the next minute). They even provide customers with an on-line account where they can view the details for each call made from their account so their billing is completely transparent. Tel3 also offers an application (TEL3Apps) so SMART phone users can make international calls from their phones without calling an access number or dialing any extra numbers. That is one reason why Tel3Advantage is one of the most popular prepaid calling plans for making international calls from mobile phones.

Prepaid phone cards are also a popular means of making international calls from mobile phones. A wide selection of international phone cards can be conveniently purchased on-line and can be used to make low cost international phone calls from almost any location in the world. They offer convenience, flexibility, low cost and a wide range of features. On-line phone cards are also stored in a users account and several premium cards also have features like call history, PIN free dialing and auto-recharge which makes them a convenient alternative for international calling. Rates and hidden fees vary widely between phone cards so care should be taken when shopping for phone cards. In most cases the advertised or listed rates per-minute for calls do not include all fees and taxes so read the fine print before making a purchase. In any case, the rate charged for international calls using prepaid phone cards will be than that charged by a mobile phone service provider.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Global Calling using a Single Phone Card


Most international phone cards offer competitive rates to a single country or region of the world so international callers need to shop around in order to find a card with good rates to the countries they wish to call. There are only a few prepaid calling products that offer competitive rates to all locations and even these have limitations. We discuss two popular global calling products below.
The first product is Tel3Advantage. It can be used to make cheap long distance calls (domestic or international) from the USA or Canada. This includes Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Tel3Advantage is a popular product with frequent international callers because it offers low rates and superior call quality to almost all locations. Tel3Advantage also offers a nice signup bonus for new customers. Those who are interested should visit the Tel3Advantage Promo post for more details. Tel3Advantage can be used to make calls without dialing a PIN code or account number from multiple registered phone numbers in the same account. It also has an App (TEL3 Apps) which allows SMART phone users to directly dial international calls from their phones without dialing any extra numbers. Tel3Advantage provides customers with an on-line account where they can monitor activity in their account and easily make changes to their preferences. It comes with a complete array of features like speed dial, call history. PIN free dialing, toll free access and a wide network of local access numbers in the USA and Canada. It also does not charge any hidden fees or taxes. For these reasons, Tel3Advantage is one of the most popular international calling products in North America with over 500,000 active customers.
Another product that is similar to Tel3Advantage is the continental phone card. The continental card offers similar rates, quality and features with the added advantage that it can be used to make calls from over 60 countries. It also has other built in products which makes it much more than a standard phone card. For example, it can be used to make conference calls, as a callback phone to make cheap international calls from any country in the world, to set-up a personal toll free number in the USA and for PC-to-Phone service. The continental phone card is one of the most versatile phone cards on the market. It has low fees and also comes with a variety of popular features like speed dial, call history and PIN free calling. For these reasons the continental phone card is one of the most popular on-line phone cards sold in the USA.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Phone Cards with Speed Dial


People who make frequent international phone calls know how easy it is to make mistakes while dialing a long series of numbers. To make matters worse, many phone cards require users to dial an access number and enter a PIN code or account number before dialing all of the numbers required to make an international phone call. This is not only a hassle but one mistaken number can cause the call to not be completed or a call that is completed to the wrong number. Several phone card companies have come up with ingenious features that can make international calling far more convenient. These include options like PIN free dialing, so callers do not need to enter an account number or PIN code when completing a call, and a less known feature called Speed Dial.

Speed Dial is a favorite with international callers who make frequent phone calls to the same international phone numbers. Using the Speed Dial feature, all a caller needs to do is list the international phone numbers they frequently call in their on-line account and assign it a one or, in some cases, a two digit number. When they want to make a call to one of their assigned numbers they simply dial a one or two digit number and the call is completed. This makes dialing international phone numbers much easier and there is much less possibility of dialing an incorrect phone number.

There are a few premium phone cards on the market that have a Speed Dial feature. Smart Global Call International Phone Cards market 4 phone cards with Speed Dial. These are the Cardinal, Continental, Golden Lotus and Simply phone cards. You can find them on their website at Phone Cards International. These all allow users to input up to 8 phone numbers and assign them numbers from 1 to 9. An international number can than be dialed by inputting a single digit. These are all high quality phone cards with low rates, low fees and other useful features.

Another prepaid calling product that features Speed Dial is the Tel3Advantage flex plan. Their Speed Dial feature allows callers to add up to 99 phone numbers and international phone numbers can be called by dialing 2 digits. Tel3Advantage is a very high quality product that can be used to make cheap international calls from North America. It is one of the most popular international calling plans since it has no hidden fees and a variety of features that make international calling more convenient.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Save Time and Hassles with Direct Dial


Many callers find making international calls with phone cards a hassle because they need to dial long international phone numbers along with access numbers and PIN codes. Dialing all of these numbers is burdensome and it is easy to make a mistakes while dialing and complete calls to the wrong phone number. Several companies have been working on new features in order to make life easier for frequent international callers and there are a few new ideas available on the market today.

Tel3 has been a great innovator in the prepaid calling market. Their Tel3Advantage product has featured PIN free dialing and speed dial for several years and they recently introduced TEL3Apps for SMART phone users. Using the Tel3Advantage speed dial feature any customer can add up to 100 phone numbers to their on-line account and dial the numbers by pressing only two digits. This feature can be used with any telephone and makes it much easier to accurately dial complex international phone numbers. TEL3Apps is a free application that Tel3Advantage customers can use with a SMART phone. It allows the customer to directly dial international numbers through the low cost Tel3 network from their SMART phone without dialing access numbers or PIN codes. SMART phone users can also dial numbers directly from the address book on their mobile phones. Their mobile phone will automatically route international calls over the low cost Tel3 network for significant savings. Best of all, Tel3 Mobile can be used with any mobile phone service provider without changing anything.

Other prepaid calling products have taken a different approach. For example, the Solaris Phone Card uses a feature they call Direct Dial to reduce the hassle of dialing international phone numbers. Using the Direct Dial feature, each international contact is assigned a unique USA phone number. If a customer wishes to call the contact they simply dial the unique USA phone number and the call is completed without dialing PIN codes, access numbers or complicated international phone numbers. This feature makes it significantly easier to complete international calls to numbers that are frequently called and makes it very easy to add these contacts to the address book on a mobile phone but it does not offer the universal flexibility and ease-of-use featured by Tel3 Mobile.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rebtel Promotion - Rebtel Voucher Code

Rebtel is having a promotion for new customers who signup for their service through November 1, 2010. It is actually a very good deal. New customers who signup and deposit as little as $10 will receive a $5 bonus by using voucher code REBTEL5. This is a 50% bonus and is worth about 6 hours of calls to many locations.

Rebtel offers a nice international calling product that can be used to make cheap international calls from over 50 countries. Also, few people realize that they can make free calls between these countries using Rebtel. Visit the following page to learn more about making free international calls with Rebtel.

How to Make Free Calls with Rebtel

Retel is a high quality prepaid calling service that routes calls over the INTERNET. Call quality is very high, their rates are low and they use a one minute billing interval with no hidden fees or taxes. We have heard good things about their service from several callers. Use the banner below to find out more about their service and use the voucher code (above) to get a nice 50% bonus.


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Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Make the Cheapest Calls to Asia


Several of the most popular international calling destinations from the USA are located in Asia. Rates on calls to most countries in Asia are not high when compared to international calls to other locations but, in today's economy, most consumers are trying to save as much money as possible. One way to save substantial money on international calls is to use phone cards or other prepaid calling products. We recently reviewed several options for making cheap international calls to Asia and found that one prepaid phone card stood out from the rest on calls to most countries in Asia from the USA. We found that the Penny Boss Phone Card has the lowest rates to most countries in Asia. It is also very convenient to use from the USA since it has a toll free access number along with a wide network of local access numbers and it offers PIN Free dialing. The PIN Free Dialing feature allows a user to add up to 6 phone numbers to their account and if the phone card is used to place a call from one of these phone numbers there is no need to dial an account number or PIN code. It also has low fees and is highly rated when it comes to call quality. Penny Boss is a versatile phone card with cheap rates on long distance calls to most locations, inlcuding a low 1.3 cent-per-minute rate on long distance calls within the USA.

Tel3Advantage also offers low rates on calls to Asia from the USA. We found that it had the best rates on calls to the Philippines and South Korea. Tel3Advantage also has some other advantages over typical prepaid phone cards. For example, it uses a 1 minute rounding interval and has no added fees or taxes so the listed rates for each destination is the actual amount charged which makes it less expensive on calls to many destinations when all fees and taxes are considered. It is one of the few prepaid calling products with no hidden fees which makes it one of our favorites. Those who are interested should visit the Tel3 Triple Promo website for the best deal on Tel3Advantage.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tel3Advantage: New Customer Promotions

Tel3 provides a bonus for new Tel3Advantage customers to encourage people to sign-up and try the service. Most people are not aware that they actually offer two different bonus options for new customers. These are accessed via different links (provided below) and offer slightly different deals. The best option for an individual depends on factors like their calling pattern, what countries they plan to call and how long they plan to use the product. The following is a discussion of the two new customer promotions offered by Tel3Advantage.

For discussion purposes, we will call one option the Standard Bonus and the other option the Triple Bonus. The following is a discussion of each.

1. Tel3Advantage Standard Bonus - A new customer pays standard rates for each call and gets the following bonus depending on how much they initially deposit into the account. Note that the bonus amount can only be used to make calls and is based on the initial deposit. There is no bonus for subsequent deposits.

  • Deposit $10 and get $0 Bonus.
  • Deposit $25 and get a $5 Bonus.
  • Deposit $50 and get a $7 Bonus.
  • Deposit $100 and get a $9 Bonus.

2. Tel3Advantage Triple Bonus - The so called Triple Bonus is similar to the standard bonus except the customer gets less cash deposited into the account but pays 30% lower rates on all calls for the first 30 days. The following is the bonus schedule.

  • Deposit $10 and get $0 Bonus.
  • Deposit $25 and get a $3 Bonus.
  • Deposit $50 and get a $6 Bonus.
  • Deposit $100 and get a $9 Bonus.

How does a new customer decide on the best bonus? If they want to deposit $10 or $100 the choice is simple, the Triple Bonus is best because it provides the same cash bonus and 30% lower rates for the first 30 days. For a person who wants to deposit $25 the choice is not as clear. We think the Triple Bonus is the best option for most people but there are exceptions. For example, a caller who plans to make short, infrequent calls to a relatively low cost country will likely do better with the standard bonus. However, this is not a typical calling pattern so we think most people should sign-up using the Triple Promo. Use one of the links above for more information or call 800 441 0321 to talk with a Tel3Advantage customer service agent. Happy Calling....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Avoid Phone Cards with Connection Fees

Many phone card marketers advertise low rates and make up for them by charging hidden fees. These hidden charges take on many forms. They can be anything from a straight forward tax or service charge on each call or a periodic maintenance fee to a less obvious long call fee or the use of a large rounding interval to calculate the cost for each call. In any case, most phone cards have hidden fees that increase the cost of making calls above the advertised rate.

We feel the most onerous hidden fee is a connection fee. This is a fee that is charged each time a call is connected and it can significantly increase the cost of making calls. Connection fees can be as high as 50 cents or more per call. In many cases these charges are made even if the wrong number is dialed and completed or if the phone is answered and the call is disconnected or the person of of interest is not at home. A connection fee can signficantly increase the cost of making international calls with phone cards. Consider the following example:

Assume a person makes a 20 minute call to Germany from the USA. A typical rate for a premium prepaid phone card rate is 2 or 3 cents per minute. Assume the card offering the 2 cent rate has a 50 cent connection fee while the card with the 3 cent rate has no fee. What is the cost of the same call using each card.

1. The card with no connection fee: 20 minutes x 3 cents/minute = 60 cents

2. The card with a connection fee: 20 min x 2 cents/min + 50 cents = 90 cents

The actual cost using the second card is actually 50% higher even though the advertised rate per minute was 30% lower. 20 minutes is a typical call length. It should be noted that connection fees have more impact on calls with a shorter duration.

This example illustrates the fact that all fees and taxes should be considered when comparing prepaid calling products. Do not assume that the actual rate charged for a call using a phone card will be the listed or advertised rate. This is typically the base rate before adding on hidden fees and taxes. There are only a few prepaid calling products on the market that do not charge hidden fees or taxes. One is the AT&T calling card which is a premium card but has high rates and another is Tel3Advantage. The Tel3Advantage flex plan is a prepaid calling plan that can be used to make cheap international calls from any location in the USA or Canada. It is one of the most popular prepaid calling plans with more than 500,000 active customers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

7 Reasons to Purchase Phone Cards Online

We often wonder why people purchase phone cards in supermarkets and other retail outlets. There may be valid reasons for these purchases but they may also be due to impulse buying, a false sense of security or simply not knowing about the alternatives. In any case, millions of people still purchase phone cards in retail outlets and are foregoing the many advantages offered by online phone cards. Some of the key advantages of online phone cards are outlined below:

  • Security - People may feel secure having a plastic card in their hand but it can always be lost or stolen. An online phone card is safely stored in a users online account where it can be accessed via the INTERNET from any location.
  • Cost - We have not performed a detailed study of cost but many of the rates we see advertised on phone cards in stores seem very high. For example, some phone cards in retail outlets advertise rates on long distance calls in the USA of 5 cents or more per minute. Many premium quality online phone cards offer rates of 2 cents per minute or less for the same calls. This represents a savings of over 50%. We have observed the same for advertised rates on international long distance calls.
  • Selection - Most retail outlets offer a limited number of phone cards while the INTERNET offers an unlimited selection. The phone card industry is not standardized. Phone cards have different fee structures and most phone cards have other limitations. For example, they may offer very good rates on calls to certain locations or regions of the world while calls to other locations are relatively expensive or they can only be used from specific countries or cities. There are general phone cards (like the AT&T card) that can be used to call to-and-from most countries but these tend to have very high rates. Callers who want to save money on calls and not get ripped-off should compare the terms and conditions offered by various phone cards and this is best done online.
  • Simplicity - Many online phone card merchants offer a variety of phone cards. Multiple phone cards can be purchased from these merchants and stored in one online account. In many cases, unused funds can be transferred from one phone card to the another in the users account. This is a nice convenience for people who travel or others who want to call to-or-from multiple locations and still want the best rates. An example of a phone card vendor like this is phone cards international.
  • Features - Online phone cards offer a multitude of features. Some of the more popular features are an online call history (listing the details of each phone call), auto-recharge, PIN free dialing, speed dial, fund transfer between cards, permanent PIN and access to an online user account. Some cards also offer conference calling and other features like international callback.
  • Convenience - Online phone cards are simply more convenient. A user can check account balances, purchase cards or add funds from any INTERNET connection.
  • Research - It is much easier to compare phone cards and study things like pricing, usage and terms & conditions online than while standing in a retail outlet. The phone card market can be confusing and, in many cases, a little research before a purchase can save a caller from making a costly mistake.

Those interested in learning more about phone cards or other options for saving money on international phone cards are encouraged to visit a website like the international call guide for calling tips and further information.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

How to Make Cheap International Calls from the UAE

It is relatively easy to find products for making cheap international calls to the UAE but making cheap international calls from the UAE is a problem for most people. Like several other countries, the UAE actively blocks Skype and other VoIP products in order to drive international callers to their high cost domestic phone company. This is like a tax on international isitors and expats working in the UAE. However, on a recent trip to the UAE we experimented with some products and found a couple of international calling options that were both low cost and good quality.

We found that international phone cards were an expensive option for making calls from the UAE and so are international mobile phones. Expect to pay $1 per-minute or more with one of these options. There is a special kind of phone card that works well from the UAE and a cost for calls to the USA is only around 14 US cents per-minute. It is the continental phone card which has a special callback feature called web call. It can be used to make cheap international calls from a standard mobile or landline telephone in any country. All the user needs is an INTERNET connection and a telephone that cen receive a phone call from overseas. To use the service, all the caller does is log into their account on-line and input the phone number they are calling from and the number (in another country) they wish to call. They submit this screen and in a few seconds they will receive a call from a computer located in the USA. When the call is answered they will hear the phone they wish to call begin to ring and the call is completed. This service worked very well from the UAE and the call quality was very good. Those who want more information on this callback service should visit the following page; web call.

We also found a way to use Skype from the UAE. In order to do this we had to first download and subscribe to a service called StrongVPN. This service is used to create a bridge over the INTERNET from where the user's PC is located to another country. In our case the other country was the USA but they have other options. So, in our case, using StrongVPN the IP address of our computer was in the USA and we were able to make calls using Skype as if we were in the USA not the UAE. We were able to make free PC-to-PC calls to other Skype users and we were able to make PC-to-Phone calls at USA rates. This is a super option for expats living in the UAE or for people who travel with a PC and want to make cheap calls from any location. StrongVPN provides them with a secure INTERNET connection from any location and the ability to use Skype and visit other websites that may be blocked by the local country. Visit PC-to-Phone service or use the tab at the bottom of the page for more information on StrongVPN.


UAE Calling

Friday, September 10, 2010

Home Business Opportunity in Canada


Tel3 has recently launched a new program to recruit agents to sell their popular Tel3Advantage prepaid long distance program in Canada. Until recently only USA residents could sell the program so this is a big change and a good opportunity for those seeking a home based buiness in Canada. Tel3Advantage can be used to make cheap domestic and international calls from any phone in the USA or Canada without changing companies or entering into a contract or long term obligation. It is one of the most popular prepaid calling products because it offers high quality, low cost and a variety of attractive features. It is especially popular with people who make alot of international calls because it integrates well with mobile phones or any business or private telephone without changing anything. Therefore, customers have the ability to make cheap international calls from any location or type of telephone with one product.

Tel3 is offering a special promotion for new Canadian agents. They will get double the normal commission rate through the end of 2010 and their customers will also get double the normal sign-up bonus (Free Minutes). It is completely free to sign-up and become an agent. There is nothing to purchase and Tel3 provides agents with a free website and very good marketing support. It does take time and hard work to become a successful agent but it offers an opportunity to work from home and earn an unlimited income. This is one of the best programs of its kind since it is possible to become successful with no previous experience. We are living proof of that. We started as an agent about 5 years ago with no previous telecommunications or INTERNET marketing experience and are now one of the top producing agents in the Tel3Advantage program.

Those Canadians who are interested should visit Tel3Advantage Agent Program for Canada for more details. It is completely free to sign-up and you can start marketing the product through your own website in a matter of minutes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back to School Phone Card Special Offer

Visit the following page Phone Card Special and save 10% on all phone cards until September 16, 2010. Smart Global Call International Phone Cards features a wide selection of phone cards that can be used to make cheap long distance phone calls from almost any location. They are especially good for making cheap international calls. The continental phone card is one of our favorites because it offers high call quality, low cost and a wide range of features. It can also be used in several different ways. Most people use it as a traditional phone card but it can also be used for making low cost conference calls or as a callback phone card. We like the web call feature which allows people to make cheap international calls from any phone in the world where calls can be received. It is very easy to use and it works very well, we have tested it on calls from a variety of locations where it is hard to find products for making cheap international calls. Smart Global Call is a good source of information on international calling products and services. There is a money saving product for almost any circumstance, it just takes a little research to find the best option.

Friday, August 27, 2010

How to Make Cheap International Calls from Oman with Skype

It is relatively easy to find products that can be used to make cheap calls to Oman from almost any location in the world but making international calls from Oman is another matter. The Omani government has attempted to block most cheap international calling options so people (especially expats) are forced to use the high cost, government controlled monopoly phone company to make international calls. This is especially designed to extract as much money as possible from the relatively large expat community living in Oman.

On a recent visit to Oman I found that their phone service is expensive (even phone cards) and call quality did not seem very high. I used a prepaid cell phone while in the country and the domestic call quality is even poor. The government has blocked Skype and other pc-to-phone and VoIP products for several years so people are required to use their expensive domestic phone service. However, there is a way to use Skype from Oman and I found that Skype call quality was even higher than the Omani land line or mobile phone service.

I used Skype from Oman by first downloading a program called StrongVPN onto my laptop computer. Strong VPN creates a connection through the Internet from a PC to a server located in another country (the USA or Europe). Strong VPN assigns an IP address to the PC from the other country so Skype thinks a call is being made from that country not from Oman. I connected my PC to a server in New York using Strong VPN and made Skype to phone calls to the USA for 2 cents per minute. The system worked great and call quality was super. Strong VPN for use from Oman costs $85 per year but that can be saved many times over by using Skype instead of the domestic phone service for making international calls.

Strong VPN offers other advantages to people who travel with a laptop. One big advantage is a secure connection on any wireless network. It encrypts the signal through the wireless connection so it is much safer to use a laptop on almost any public network. There are also other advantages that are discussed on their website.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lingo International VoIP Phone

Lingo VoIP has a new offer which makes it one of the best options for international callers who make frequent calls to certain countries. Callers will get unlimited long distance calling in the USA and to 45 countries with Lingo for the low rate of $21.95 per month. During the current sign-up special, new customers will get one month of Free Service, Free activation, Free shipping and Free equipment. This is a $116 value. Visit VoIP Service Providers for more information on Lingo VoIP and other options for making cheap international phone calls.

An international VoIP call plan is typically a good option for those who make frequent calls and use a lot of minutes each month calling to one or more of the locations included in the plan. It can be the lowest cost option for these people and it also offers high call quality. It does offer some disadvantages versus a prepaid international plan like Tel3Advantage. For example, with a VoIP plan a customer will pay the monthly fee even if they do not make any calls during the month while they will only pay for what they use with a prepaid plan. Therefore, those who consistently make a lot of international calls each month may benefit from a VoIP plan while others may benefit from the flexibility of a prepaid call plan.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cheap Calls from Countries where Skype and VoIP is Blocked

Several countries actively block Skype and VoIP service as well as access to various websites. The following is a list of countries where Skype service is blocked. There are likely other countries not listed here so it is something to consider when traveling to international locations.

Belize
Brazil
Caribbean Countries (Jamaica, etc.)
China
Egypt
Jordan
Kuwait
Mexico
Oman
Pakistan
Paraguay
Qatar
UAE

In most cases, these countries block Skype and VoIP phone service in order to force people to use their high cost international phone service. It is possible to get relatively cheap international phone cards that can be used to make calls from Brazil, China and Pakistan so these are good alternatives. However, the other countries leave few options for people who want to make cheap international phone calls.

One exception is international callback. International callback can be used to make cheap international calls from cell phones or any type of phone that can receive international phone calls. International callback can save callers a lot of money because the calls originate in another country and the local, high cost phone service is by-passed. There are different types of callback but one we like is commonly called Web Call. It is simple to use and very hard to block since it is triggered by sending a pre-formatted e-mail message to a computer in another country. Therefore, all that is required to place a call is a phone and any type of Internet connection. The e-mail contains the phone number where to caller is located and the number that the caller wants to call. A computer receives the e-mail, places a call to the caller and, when answered, completes the call by placing a call to the other parties phone number. It is simple, cheap and can be used to make international calls from any country in the world.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cheap International Calls to South Africa

South Africa has recently become a very popular international calling destination due to the 2010 World Cup. Many people people at home are trying to find ways to make cheap calls to South Africa so they can keep in touch with family and friends attending the World Cup. Rates vary significantly between international calling products and the country where the call originates but there are some basic rules to follow for those who want significant savings. First, forget traditional land-line or traditional cell phone service providers. International rates through these companies are sky high and they offer nothing other than convenience. Those willing to suffer a little inconvenience can save a lot of money by using one of the following products.

Those calling from North America (Canada or the USA) should use Tel3Advantage. It is a prepaid calling plan (similar to a phone card) that can be used to make cheap long distance phone calls from any kind of telephone. It is has the lowest rates to South Africa from North America and is very convenient to use. It is easy to open an account and there are no fees or hidden charges, simply deposit as little as $10 and start making calls. Rates from North America to land-lines in South Africa are 3.1 cents per minute and those to mobile phones are 11.6 cents per minute. These are very good since they include all taxes and fees.

People who want to make cheap phone calls to South Africa from Canada, the USA or other locations should consider phone cards. These can be used to make calls from any kind of phone in over 130 countries. Typical rates on calls from the USA to South African land-lines using premium quality phone cards start at about 3.4 cents per-minute. Calls to mobile phones in South Africa start at about 8.9 cents per-minute. These are advertised rates, actual rates will be higher due to taxes and fees. Visit Phone Cards International for more information on a variety of international phone cards.

Another popular method of making international calls is a PC-to-Phone service like Skype. This is a popular service because users can make free PC-to-PC calls if both parties use Skype. The free service is limited because both parties need to have PC or WiFi access in order to complete free calls. Rates on PC-to-Phone calls using Skype are typically not as cheap as the rates on calls made using Phone Cards or Tel3Advantage. For example, using Skype pay-as-you-go service, calls from the USA to South African land-lines cost 6.8 cents per-minute and those on calls to mobile phones are 23.3 cents per-minute. These rates are before tax but they are already much higher than the other services mentioned above.

Those who don't normally make many international calls and only want a product to make a few calls during the World Cup should consider using phone cards. Premium phone cards offer quality, low cost, convenience and many can be purchased denominations of $5 or less. These are ideal for the occasional international caller.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Are Prepaid Phone Cards the Answer?

If you are planning to travel to Europe or other international destinations this summer than prepaid phone cards may be the answer to your communication needs. Many people plan to use an international cell phone to keep in touch but those who check the rates offered by their carrier find the cost is far too high. Why pay dollars per-minute for calls when high quality international phone cards offer rates of just a few cents per-minute? International cell phones are fine for emergency but the rates charged for international calls are simply to high for every day use. People who want to save money should purchase prepaid phone cards that will work from the countries they plan to visit. These can be conveniently purchased and recharged through an on-line account from any location where the INTERNET is available. Phone cards are low cost and convenient to use since they can be used from almost any telephone. There may be some restrictions or extra charges in some countries so read the fine print before making a purchase. The answer is that travelers who make frequent international calls with phone cards will save a lot compared to those who make the same calls with international cell phones.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Father's Day Phone Card Sale - 15% Discount

Smart Global Call International Phone Cards has a 15% discount on all phone cards in celebration of Father's Day, June 20th. The sale lasts through Monday, June 21st. Use the link below to get the 15% discount. They offer a wide selection of phone cards that can be used to make cheap calls from over 130 countries. The selection includes the popular continental phone card and even premium phone cards like Bison and AT&T. Visit Phone Card Sale for more information.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tel3Advantage World Cup Sweepstakes - Win Free International Calling

Tel3Advantage started their World Cup Sweepstakes today. It is Free to enter and First Prize Winners (9 people) will be able to make free international phone calls to the country of their choice through the end of the year using Tel3Advantage. It is easy to enter and there is no obligation, just visit Tel3Advantage World Cup Sweepstakes and choose your favorite country. The sweepstakes runs from June 11th through July 11, 2010.

There will be nine first place winners and each will be able to make Free International calls to the country they choose through the end of 2010. Also, the cost of all calls to the country with the most votes will be reduced by 10% during the month of August. You do not need a Tel3Advantage account to enter so the contest is open to everyone.

The Tel3Advantage Flex plan is one of the most popular prepaid calling plans in North America. It can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance calls using any phone in the USA and Canada. It is free to open and maintain an account and there is no contract or obligation. Just prepaid an amount ranging from $10 to $100 and start making calls. Tel3Advantage features excellent customer service and call quality. It is the only company in the industry with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Phone Cards with Call History

A few premium on-line phone cards offer a call history feature. With call history, callers can view charges, duration and destinations for all calls made on their phone card. This is a nice feature to say the least, especially for those phone card users who have wondered where all of those minutes went. Not all phone cards come with a call history feature. Those that have call history provide users with an on-line account where they can log-in and view the details of each call made on their account in real time. We know that the following international phone cards come with the call history feature. These cards are marketed by Phone Cards International and the details for each card can be viewed on their website.

  • Hello from UK - A phone card with great rates for those who call to and from the UK. It features toll free access in the UK, USA and Canada. It also has local access numbers in 14 UK cities.
  • Continental Phone Card - A great all around international phone card that can be used from over 60 countries.
  • Golden Lotus - An international phone card with great rates to India and other countries in Asia. It can be used from 25 countries.
  • Marachi - A super phone card for those who want to make calls to or from Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
  • Simply - An international phone card with great rates to most destinations from the USA and Canada.

Another premium on-line prepaid calling product that includes call history is the Tel3Advantage Flex Plan. It is a super on-line calling card that can be used to make cheap international calls from the USA and Canada. It can be used to make calls from any phone. It is also very easy to use and has no hidden fees and comes complete with a full range of features. Visit cheap international calling for more information on Tel3Advantage and other products that can be used to make cheap international phone calls.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5 Common Phone Card Rip-Offs


Many phone cards impose hidden fees that cause minutes to disappear so, in many cases, users will get less minutes than they expect when the card is used. In most cases these fees are disclosed in the fine print but many consumers do not pay attention to the fine print when making a purchase. We have listed five common hidden fees below.

1. Connection fees – These are imposed each time a call is connected whether the call is long or short and even if the caller dials the wrong number. Many phone cards do not charge a connection fee so we think consumers should avoid phone cards that charge these fees because they can represent a significant added cost.


2. Maintenance Fees – These fees are imposed at certain time intervals after the first use of the phone card. The time interval varies but it is usually weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The best way to avoid this fee is to purchase a small denomination phone card and use it quickly.


3. Rounding Interval – This is a tricky hidden fee that most consumers do not recognize. The rounding interval is used to measure the length of the call for billing purposes. These range from less than 1 minute to 6 or more minutes. In general, a card with a higher rounding interval has more hidden cost. This can best be seen by the following simple example.

Assume a person makes a 6.5 minute international call from the USA to Germany. The following would be the charge depending on the rounding interval. In each case the length of the call is rounded to the next interval.

A phone card with a 1-minute rounding interval would charge 7 minutes.
A phone card with a 3-minute rounding interval would charge 9 minutes.
A phone card with a 6-minute rounding interval would charge 12 minutes.

4. Toll Free Access Fee – This is a fee charged by phone cards for using a toll free access number rather than a local access number when placing a call. In some cases there is no added fee or it is an insignificant amount but it other cases it can significantly increase the cost of a call. It is a per-minute charge that can range from 0 to 3 or more cents per-minute. Callers should be aware that there may be an added cost before they blindly use a toll free access number.


5. Long Call fee – Some phone cards add a charge for calls that last over a certain length of time. The time varies but it is commonly 20 or 30 minutes.

Consumers should realize that hidden fees imposed by phone cards are not reflected in the advertised rates so it is best to estimate the added cost when comparing different phone cards. However, most of these fees can be avoided or minimized if a consumer shops around and reads the fine print before making a purchase. There are some companies, like Tel3Advantage, that offer online prepaid calling products with no added fees. Therefore, products like these tend to be popular with prepaid who make frequent international calls. Those interested in further information should visit Smart Global Call for more tips and information on prepaid calling products.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tel3Advantage has the Lowest International Rates to Many Popular Destinations

Tel3Advantage offers one of the most popular preapid calling plans in North America and, as shown below, has the lowest rates to many popular destinations. The rates are even lower for the first 30 days if people sign-up using the Triple Promotion. Visit Tel3 Triple Promo for details. The following are rates per minute on international calls from Canada and the USA.

China 1.3 cents
Madrid Spain 1.4 cents
Bangkok Thailand 1.5 cents
Geneva Switzerland 1.8 cents
South Korea 1.9 cents
Tokyo Japan 2.1 cents
Porto Alegra Brazil 2.6 cents
Bulgaria 3 cents
Philippines 10.5 cents
Kenya Mobile Phone 10.9 cents
Kuwait Mobile Phone 10 cents
Iran Mobile Phone 11.5 cents
Iraq Mobile Phone 11.7 cents
UAE 15.1 cents
Armenia Mobile Phone 15.8 cents
Syria Mobile 17.4 cents
Ethiopia 21.9 cents

It is easy to make cheap international phone calls with Tel3Advantage from the USA and Canada. There are no contract requirements and it is not necessary to change companies in order to use the service. Opening an account is free and there are no maintenance fees or hidden charges. Simply pay for the calls you make and use the service as little or as much as you like. That is why Tel3Advantage prepaid long distance phone service is so popular.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Phone Card Features: Speed Dial


A little known phone card feature that is popular with many international callers is speed dial. Using the speed dial feature a caller can pre-program phone numbers and dial them by pressing two keys. This is a very nice time saving feature for people who make frequent international calls to friends, family or business associates overseas. It is also a great way to minimize dialing errors and placing calls to the wrong phone number. Rather than dialing a sequence of 8 or 10 numbers to place an international call, the same call can be completed by pushing only two numbers.


Speed dial is not a very common phone card feature. We only know of three prepaid calling products that feature speed dial. One is Tel3Advantage, which is a popular prepaid long distance product that can be used to make calls from North America. The others are two premium phone cards, Cardinal and Continental, offered by phone cards international. These phone cards can be used to make cheap calls from over 60 countries. Speed dial is one of those features that most people do not even know about but once they use it going back to dialing numbers is almost impossible.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Phone Card Deal

Smart Global Call Phone Cards International started their annual Mother's Day special offer today. These are international phone cards that can be used to make cheap calls from more than 130 countries. The sale features a 10% discount on all prepaid phone cards. It lasts through May 12th. Customers need to use the following link in order to get this special offer, Mother's Day Phone Card Discount.

Tel3Advantage is also having a promotion which lasts through May 10th. Their offer can be found by using the following link, Tel3Advantage Mother's Day Promo. International callers should check out both offers to see which one is the best deal for thier situation. With Tel3Advantage, callers can make cheap international phone calls from the USA or Canada. Using prepaid phone cards a caller can make cheap international calls from more than 130 countries. Tel3Advantage has better rates to certain locations but, in many cases, Tel3Advantage rates are similar to those charged by high quality phone cards.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tel3Advantage Mother's Day Promotion

Tel3Advantage started their Mother's Day promotion today and it lasts through May 10, 2010. During the promotion new customers will get double the normal sign-up bonus so it is a great time to give Tel3Advantage a try. Those who want to sign-up or are interested in further details should visit Tel3Advantage or call 800 441 0321.

During the Mother's Day promotion, new customers will receive double the normal sign-up bonus. The amount depends on how much money they deposit when they open their account. The bonus amounts are summarized below.
  • Deposit $10 and get a $2 bonus.
  • Deposit $25 and get a $10 bonus.
  • Deposit $50 and get a $14 bonus.
  • Deposit $100 and get a $19 bonus.

The bonus is added to the amount deposited and can be used to make phone calls to any location.

Tel3Advantage has an on-going promotion that can be accessed through the following special link Tel3Advantage Triple Promo. The triple promo includes a lower up-front bonus but it provides new customers with discounted rates for the first 30 days. For those who plan to make frequent calls to high cost locations the triple promo may be a better deal. However, for most people the Mother's Day promo is the best option since the bonus is paid up-front and it will stay in the account until it is used so there is no time limit.

Tel3Advantage is a popular prepaid calling plan that can be used to make cheap domestic and international long distance phone calls from any location in North America, including Canada, the USA and Puerto Rico. It can be used to make cheap calls to any location in the world. Tel3Advantage does not require a contract and does not charge any fees for opening or maintaining an account. It works something like a virtual phone card but has high call quality and no hidden fees. Tel3Advantage also provides customers with free on-line access to their account where they can view all charges and make changes to their account settings. Tel3Advantage is a popular product for making cheap international phone calls since it has high quality, maintains a large network of access numbers, has a wide range of features and can be used to make phone calls without dialing PIN codes or account numbers. We have used it for 5 years and still love the product.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

International Cell Phones are a Convenient but Costly Option

International mobile phones have become very popular with international travelers especially business travelers who can now take their office with them wherever they travel. However, it is a very costly way to make international phone calls while on a trip. International cell phone carriers typical charge for incoming as well as outgoing calls and rates can be anywhere from $1 to several US dollars per minute. Therefore, international cell phones are a convenient option for making international calls but it is not an affordable option for most travelers.

With summer travel season near many people are planning trips. Some are planning international trips and are likely thinking about how they might stay in touch while on vacation. International cell phones are a very good option for emergency use while on an overseas trip. Friends, family and business associates can easily make contact in the event of an emergency at home and it is very convenient means of keeping in touch. There are companies that offer international cell phone rentals and it is possible to rent mobile phones at many international destinations. Most rental companies charge a nominal daily fee for renting a phone even if no calls are made. However, they charge a pretty hefty rate for incoming as well as outgoing calls. Most people do not want to spend several hundred dollars on communication services while on vacation so, for these people, an international cell phone is great for emergency use but their cheaper options for making calls home to chat.

The cheapest option for making international calls while traveling are international phone cards. These offer convenience and low cost. Prepaid phone cards can be purchased before leaving home and they can be used to budget communication expenses while on a trip. They can typically be used from almost any telephone and rates on calls are only a few cents per minute versus up to a few dollars per minute for international cell phones. Phone cards are not as convenient as an international cell phone but who wants to waste time talking on the phone while on vacation.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

How to Make Cheap Calls from Russia

If you are planning a trip to Russia or live in Russia and want to make cheap international calls from Russia than we have the ideal phone card. It is call the Arbat phone card and can be purchased from the website phone cards international. It has some of the lowest rates on international calls from Russia and has local access numbers in Moscow, St Petersburg and several other Russian cities. You can even use it to make long distance calls inside Russia. It is actually a Russian phone card with prompt languages in both English or Russian.

The Arbat phone card can only be used in Russia, to make cheap domestic or international long distance calls. It has no hidden fees like taxes, service fees, maintenance fees or connection fees. But it does charge extra for using toll free access numbers or for making calls from some cities in Russia. It has a network of local access numbers in major Russian cities and these should be used to avoid added fees. The call quality is very good and we found the card worked well with no problems connecting with the access numbers or placing calls. It also uses a 30 second rounding interval which is better than most phone cards. The Arbat card is a permanent PIN phone card that can be refilled and reused. It is relatively easy to find products for making cheap calls to Russia but now there is an easy to use product for making cheap calls from Russia.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cheap International Calls from South Korea

On a recent trip to South Korea we used the Solaris phone card to make calls to the USA. The Solaris card is a premium quality international phone card that can be used to make cheap international calls from more than 100 countries. The rate to the USA from South Korea using the Solaris card is about 10.5 US cents per minute which is relatively cheap compared to other phone cards and the call quality was very good. We only used the card from Seoul but the toll free access number for Korea worked fine. We never found that it was busy or out-of-order. The Solaris card uses a 1 minute rounding interval and has no fees other than a 17% tax (surcharge) for each call. The Solaris card also is highly rated by users with an overall 4.5 star rating out a possible 5 stars.

It is relatively easy to find products for making cheap calls to South Korea from the USA but there are not a lot of products for making cheap international calls from Korea. We researched this before our trip to Korea and found that the cost for making calls from Korea varied widely between phone cards. Some cards, like the AT&T phone card, were relatively expensive at 50 US cents per minute but likely had high quality. The Solaris card was cheap in comparison at 10.5 US cents per-minute with similar call quality. We found some local phone cards in Korea with advertised rates of around 10.5 US cents per-minute so the Solaris card has competitive rates with the competition. It can also be purchased on-line and used from over 100 countries so it is a better option for international travelers than a local phone card that can only be used from Korea.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How to Make Free International Phone Calls

Several companies advertise free international calling to specific countries and offer free trial calls but these are mostly advertising gimmicks that are short term trials or require the caller to make monthly payments in order to continue using the service. Only a few companies actually offer the ability to make free international calls over a long period of time but even these companies have special requirements.

For example, Skype is well known for offering free international PC-to-PC phone calls but both the caller and receiver will need a PC or at least access to a WiFi INTERNET connection in order to make free calls. Skype, of course, hopes that callers will use the service to also make PC-to-Phone calls, which are not free, so they can make some money.


Rebtel Try Rebtel Now! offers a prepaid calling plan that can be used to make cheap international calls from regular phones. They also offer a little known feature where customers can make free calls to people in the roughly 50 countries where they have access numbers. The service has a twist but it is relatively easy to use. The following is a summary of the instructions posted on their website.

  1. Fill out an on-line form which tells them what phone you plan to use to make the call so they can recognize you as a customer.
  2. Tell them who you plan to call and enter their international phone number. Rebtel will give you a unique phone number for each person you plan to call.
  3. Call your friend on the local number provided by Rebtel. When your friend picks up the phone, ask them to hang-up and call you back on the local phone number displayed on their phone. Wait on the line and when your friend calls you back you will be connected. The international portion of the call will be free but you will need to pay for the local call.

This may be a good option for cell phone users who call to and from certain countries. It is a bit of a hassle but it is an option where international callers can make free calls.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

How to Make Cheap International Calls to India


Rates on international calls to India have dropped dramatically over the past few years due to increased competition and a reduction in regulations. It is now possible to call India from the USA for just over 1 cent per minute with a phone card and some international VoIP plans even allow unlimited international calling to India from North America. There is so much competition in this market that it is tough to keep up with all of the new products. Those interested in a variety of options should visit cheap calls to India for ideas and more information.

There are so many new products that there is likely one that best fits every situation. Those who want to make frequent calls to India and use a lot of minutes each month should likely use an unlimited international VoIP call plan. These are especially good for those who already have high speed INTERNET and would like to replace or supplement their home phone service. Look for a low cost plan from a VoIP service provider provides all of the necessary equipment for free and does not require a long term contract. Many also provide a trial period and incentives for first time customers.

Those who only make occasional calls to India or who are located outside of North America may want to use prepaid phone cards. Some of these can offer high quality service at very low rates and they are convenient to use. Especially for those who are traveling or are located in one location for a short period of time.

Another option, especially for those who want to make cheap international calls from a mobile phone, is a prepaid calling plan. Many of these allow users to register several phones so they all can be used to make low cost international calls from the same account.

Rates on calls to India seem to be about as cheap as they can get but, who knows, with the intense competition in the telecom industry they may just get cheaper.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

How to Make Cheap International Calls from Canada

There are a variety of products for making cheap international calls from Canada. These vary from those that can be used from any phone, like phone cards, to those that require an INTERNET connection like PC-to-Phone or VOIP. Although, in many case, INTERNET based products offer good value, they also require the user to have access to the INTERNET. In many cases they also require the user to pay a monthly fee for services even if no international calls are made. That is why many international callers are still using high quality phone cards and other prepaid calling products that can be used from standard or mobile phones to make international calls from Canada. Many of these products offer high quality, low cost and ultimate flexibility.

One product that is gaining popularity for making international calls from Canada is Tel3Advantage. It was introduced in Canada a couple of years ago and has steadily gained popularity among those people who make frequent international calls. Tel3 offers the highest call quality and some of the lowest rates. It is also one product that can be used from multiple phones (home, business or mobiles) and it is very convenient to use. They provide callers with an on-line account where they can track usage and make changes to their accounts. They also provide 24/7 customer service. It is also one of the only companies in the industry that has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Tel3Advantage offers some of the lowest rates and they do not charge a monthly fee for maintaining an account. They also do not charge hidden fees to make up for low rates which is common practice in the phone card industry. Tel3 offers some of the lowest rates in the industry on international calls. For example, internationals call from Canada to the Australia are only 1.4 cents per minute while calls to the USA are only 0.9 cents per minute with Tel3. These rates are good for the first 30 days if a new customer opens an account using the Tel3Advantage Triple Bonus offer. Tel3 makes these offers to entice people to try their service because they know that most customers will continue to use the service beyond the bonus period. Tel3Advantage is one of the most popular prepaid calling plans in North America because they offer high quality, low rates and some of the best customer service in the industry.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Cheapest Rates on International Calls to Kenya

Tel3Advantage now offers the lowest rates on international calls to Kenya from Canada and the USA. The tel3Advantage flex plan can be used to make cheap international calls from any kind of telephone without changing companies. There is also no fee for opening and maintaining an account and no long term obligation. There are also no hidden fees, taxes or other charges. Tel3advantage customers can now make international calls to Kenya land-lines in Nairobi for 2.7 cents per-minute or calls to mobile phones nation-wide for 9.9 cents per-minute. Tel3Advantage also provides a new customer sign-up bonus that can be used to make up to 333 minutes of free calls to Kenya.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Phone Card Connection Fees

Connection fees can be one of the more onerous and tricky hidden fees charged by phone card service providers. Some phone card suppliers advertise enticingly low rates for making calls but charge a connection fee which is a hidden charge that is not included in the advertised rate. This fee is charged whenever a call is connected so it is a charge for each call that is made and is not based on the duration of the call.

Consumer Tip: Read the fine print when purchasing a phone card so that you fully understand the fee structure before making a purchase.

A connection fee can significantly increase the cost of a call. This is especially true for short duration calls made to low cost locations. The following example highlights the impact of this cost. The information used in this example is based on actual information obtained from the website of a major virtual phone card provider.

Example: Connection Fee Impact on the Cost of a Call

Assume an international call is made from the USA to Germany. The advertised rate is 2 cents per minute and the connection fee is 49 cents. The call duration is 10 minutes.

The total cost of the call at the advertised rate would be 20 cents (10 x 2) while the actual cost of the 10 minute call including the connection fee would be 69 cents (10 x 2 + 49). Therefore, the effective per-minute rate is actually 6.9 cents rather than the advertised rate of 2 cents per-minute. This is a whopping 245% increase in cost.

There are many phone cards that do not charge connection fees. Most charge a surcharge, tax or a maintenance fee but these, in most cases, will be lower than a connection fee. Tel3Advantage is a virtual phone card that can be used to make long distance calls (international or domestic) from Canada or the USA and it does not charge any hidden fees. Therefore, Tel3Advantage offers the lowest actual rates on calls to many destination because their advertised rate is the actual rate charged for each call. They offer one of the few prepaid calling products that does not charge any hidden fees.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Calling the USA from Military Bases Overseas


US military personnel can use Tel3Advantage to make cheap international calls back to the USA from military bases overseas. Even if those locations are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Calls can be made over the DSN (defense system network) at the incredibly low rate of 1.9 cents per-minte. This is the same low rate that Tel3Advantage charges for domestic long distance calls within the USA. This rate includes all fees and taxes so it is much lower than the 5 cents per-minute rate charged by AT&T or MCI. All that is need is a Tel3Advantage prepaid long distance account. It is free to open an account and the minimum deposit in order to start making phone calls is only $10. Visit the Tel3Advantage website for details or call 800 441 0321.

Tel3Advantage is also a super option for calling overseas to any location from the USA or Canada. It offers very low rates and can be used to make cheap overseas calls from any kind of telephone, including business phones and cell phones. It offers high quality connections, low cost with no hidden fees or taxes and a full range of features.