Friday, July 31, 2009

Long Distance Phone cards

If you have ever called anyone overseas, then you at some point have had to use a long distance phone card. There are hundreds of them out there, and depending on where you are calling, you can get one suited to that area of the world. The cards are meant to be an alternative to traditional long-distancing calling plans, where most times, you have a long or short-term commitment, depending on your plan. You buy these cards based on how long you think your call will be and whether you are calling to a cell phone or a landline. They cost anywhere from $2.50 to $20. If you don't use up all the minutes, they are supposed to be there for you to use next time. However, there is a daily fee that is charged and taken out of the money you have available on the card. You might find that, if you do not use your card within 2 weeks, this fee will eat up the remainder of your calling card and you will have to get a new one.

The problem with these cards is that in the beginning, they were a good deal, with no commitments and for considerably cheap, you could make a long distance phone call. But recently, these cards have not been working as well as they promise. I make long distance calls to Africa often, and have found that the connections have not been clear or I cannot get connected at all. Meanwhile, my funds were being eaten up. Eventually, I got tired of calling their customer service and have stopped using these cards altogether. While searching for a long distance provider, I ran into Comwave. I have found their rates cheap and their service very friendly and easy to use. The connection to Africa (at least) has been excellent. If in search for a long-distance plan and not getting much out of those phone cards, check them out.

Happy Shopping!!

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