Calling cards are another way by which people can call people in both the UK and abroad. Calling cards can be used on mobile phones and landline phones. Calling cards work by purchasing a card with credit, dialling a toll-free number and entering a pin. Once this pin has been confirmed, you can then enter the number that you want to call.
The Benefits of Calling Cards
One of the most attractive features of calling cards is that they allow you to make international calls at a fraction of the cost of using your mobile or landline. Indeed, using an international calling card can save you as much as 75%.
Calling cards also allow maximum flexibility as you can call abroad from any phone, be it your mobile, landline or even a public phone!
Some calling cards give you access to an online platform where you can keep track of how much credit you have left on the cards.
Another great thing about calling cards is that you only pay for the minutes you use.
Calling cards are a lot less hassle than setting up a contract as they can be easily bought online or from a number of shops.
Things to Look Out For
When comparing the various calling card options available, there are a number of things that you will need to take into consideration to ensure that you are getting the best deal.
Of course, the first thing that you should look at is how much charge per minute for calls to the country you are most frequently calling.
Find out if the rates vary according to the time of day that you make the call. If possible, try to time your calls when calling is at its cheapest. Rates also vary according to what type of number you call. In general, it is more expensive to call international mobiles.
Be wary of any hidden charges in the fine print. Common hidden charges include maintenance fees, short call fees and long call fees.
Most calling cards only ask for 30 – 90 days, after which any unused credit is wasted. Therefore, when choosing a calling card you should think carefully about how many minutes you will actually use in the given time.