Have you ever had the need to call abroad? Maybe you had to talk to a business contact or a travelling family member? Or maybe you were the one travelling and had the need to constantly call home. Then you probably know that international calls can be prohibitively expensive and call qualities vary greatly on cross border calls. If you have ever been in any of those situations then you probably realize that you can save a lot of money from using international call cards.
Calling cards are a way of using internet technology to make cheap calls through regular phones. When you use a calling card, the calling card company routes your call through internet infrastructure using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and thus you only get charged for the data sizes you use.
Rates and Fees
Your first step in choosing an international calling card is to find one that has reasonable call rates. However, call rates are not the only charges to watch out for. Carefully check out any other fees that may be charged by using the card. There may be recurring charges such as weekly/monthly charges, maintenance fees, call connection fees, and even disconnection fees.
Most international calling cards have different rates depending on the recipient. There are varied rates for landlines to different locations and these also vary from rates to cell phones. Still within cell phones, there are different rates depending on the service provider of your call recipients. Most online calling cards give you an option of checking beforehand the rates you will be charged according to your call recipient’s phone number.
When buying your international calling card, check that there are access numbers. The access numbers should be for where you are and the location of your call recipient. For instance, if you are in Houston and you are calling Melbourne, there should be an access number for each of the two cities or at least an access number for Australia and another for the U.S.
If you can, choose a calling card that provides options for calling two ways. Most international calling cards only allow calls from one destination to other countries. They usually target North American markets who want to call to Europe, Asia, and other continents. A calling card that allows you to call abroad and your caller to use the same card to call you back is ideal for people calling family members and staff calling their home offices.
When in other countries, you may not have time to charge your cell phone. Or the electric grid may be set to a different voltage. Your phone may also not work with the host networks. Therefore, when you purchase a calling card you need to choose one which you can use on any devise. Pick one that you can use on landlines and public telephones. You also need to check if you will be paying extra for using a payphone.
Author Bio: The article has been written by Tahmina a niche blog writer and a professional Internet Marketer at OutsourceBD.Net. She is writting since 2008 on various topics related to technology, communication and Internet Marketing.