Calling card helpful info
Either prepaid or billed, calling cards are a very popular way to communicate with your family, friends or coworkers when you're away from home.
Billed calling cards
A billed calling card works like a regular telephone service - you receive a monthly bill from the company providing the card. Most long distance providers offer billed calling cards to their customers so they can use their services even when traveling. Rates are usually a bit higher when using a calling card due to payphone charges.How to use billed calling cards?
In order to make calls using a billed calling card you have to dial an access code, then enter a PIN number followed by the phone number you wish to call.What should a billed calling card offer?
Prepaid calling cards
Prepaid calling cards are paid for in advance and are usually disposable (although some companies offer cards that are rechargeable). They come in fixed denominations ($5, $10, $20 etc), and carry a per minute rate. Some prepaid calling cards also charge a connection fee for every call you make.
Unlike billed calling cards, prepaid cards are available in most pharmacies, convenience stores, or little boutiques. Moreover, prepaid phone cards can be used right away. Therefore, convenience is what makes these types of calling cards so popular.How to use prepaid calling cards?
Each prepaid calling card has a distinct PIN number that is usually hidden below a marked surface. After purchasing the card you'll have to uncover the PIN number by scraping the surface. You can make calls by dialing an access number, then the PIN number followed by the phone number you wish to call.Reported problems with prepaid calling cards
Since prepaid calling cards are very popular among Americans, there are literally hundreds of companies selling them. Some of them are in for the long run, some are not. The reality is many prepaid calling cards do not work like they're supposed to. Here are some of the most frequently reported problems:
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