Friday, June 6, 2014

The Lowest Rates on Calls to Latin American Mobiles

We reviewed several prepaid calling options in order to find the cheapest rates on calls from North Americas to mobile phones in popular locations in South America.  We found the lowest rates varied and no single option offered the lowest rates to all locations.  We have listed the following three options in the table below with all rates in USA cents per minute: Tel3Advantage Savings Plan, low cost phone card and PC-to-Phone (Skype Pay-As-You-Go rate).  In the prepaid calling business a head-to-head comparison between products is hard to make so the following points should be considered when analyzing the information.


  • Tel3Advantage Savings Plan - One option for new customers who sign-up for Tel3Advantage prepaid calling plan.  The rates on calls to mobile phones tend to be lower than other sign-up options and the rates include all fees and taxes when using a local access number. Click here for more information.
  • Phone Card Option - The rates listed on from the lowest phone card listed to the subject destination when using the phone card finder tool on Smartglobalcall.net.  These are the listed rates which do not include fees or taxes.  Phone cards can have many hidden fees so, depending on the phone card selected, these fees can  be substantial and can significantly increase the per-minute rate experienced by the user.
  • PC-to-Phone Option - The rates listed in the table are those listed by Skype on their website as Pay-As-You-Go (PYGO) rates.  They offer monthly plans with lower rates but they also come with monthly subscription fees. 
The rates are all in USA cents per-minute prepaid rates for calls to mobile phones from the USA.  They are offered by the listed vendors with no subscription or other monthly fees or contracts. 

Rates on Calls to Mobiles in some Popular Latin American Locations from the USA using Different Prepaid Calling Options

Destination
Tel31
Phone Card2
PC to Phone3
Argentina
8.1
7.9
15.0
Brazil
6.8
5.9
13.0
Chile
3.5
3.7
15.0
Colombia
5.0
4.8
4.5
Costa Rica
5.1
3.7
8.0
Ecuador
17.8
15.4
22.0
El Salvador
14.4
13.9
27.0
Guatemala
11.0
10.6
16.0
Honduras
11.8
14.5
39.5
Mexico
3.5
3.9
3.5
Nicaragua
18.5
18.7
24.8
Panama
12.1
10.3
19.7
Paraguay
6.0
7.0
23.2
Peru
8.6
9.8
14.0
Uruguay
14.6
15.7
26.5
Venezuela
4.1
5.2
10.0
1Rates using the Tel3Advantage Savings Plan click here for website.
2 The lowest found with phone card search tool located here.
3 Rates to mobile phones using Skype PAYG on calls from the USA. Click here for website.
 The lowest rate to each location is highlighted in blue.  In most cases these are the rates offered by the Tel3Advantage Savings Plan or the prepaid Phone Card.  The phone card rate listed is the rate offered by a low cost phone card which typically has additional fees and/or taxes which are not included in the above rate.  The table illustrates that the new Tel3Advantage Savings Plans offers very competitive rates on calls to mobile phones in international locations. 


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