Calling card companies have taken advantage of the fact that the telephone companies are still charging too much for international calls as well as mobile calls. But there are many different cards from many different companies and choosing the right one for you means looking and comparing. You need to check on the calling rates, maintenance fees, connection fees, billing increments, and expiration time.
Don’t be fooled simply by the rate per call. The ones with the lowest rate may also have the highest fees. Some charge weekly or monthly maintenance fees for use and/or charge for connection. In addition, they bill at larger increments, such as four minutes. So, that quick 30-second call will be charged at 4 minutes. You’ve just wasted 3.5 minutes. Some cards require that you use up the minutes in a certain length of time, such as 14 days or 30 days.
Saving on phone costs makes financial sense. Review your phone records and see how much you spend on international calls. Work out the rate and consider either joining your phone company’s international plans or even getting a calling card.