Phone cards can be a great way to save money on long distance phone calling, especially international calls. They can also very helpful in maintaining your budget for long distance calls. This is a guide to saving money on phone cards.
The minutes 'do not' expire, and there will be a surcharge for calls made from pay phones, however, I think this is standard on all phone cards. This makes a nice gift item to include in greeting cards to friends and relatives. If you have someone in the hospital that may want to make a long distance call, they are stuck because you can't charge the call to your room.
My mom really appreciated this when she was in the hospital! Sam's Club sells a bubble packet of individual wrapped AT&T PrePaid Phone Cards of Fifteen 45 minute cards for $23.42 which breaks down to $1.56 per card. This is a total of 675 minutes that you can share among friends. You may want to keep one in your own wallet for emergency calls ... not everyone has a cell phone!
By Syd Barr
Editor's Note: We recently signed up for http://www.OneSuite.com for long distance because we got tired of the monthly service fees charged by the long distance services and being slammed even with PIC freezes. We finally set our phone to "no long distance".
OneSuite offers $10 "cards" (although you need to print out the information to take with you) with 400 minutes (2.5 cents a minute). Make sure you sign up for the Zip Dial that way when calling from the registered numbers (home phone number) you do not need to put in the account number which is long. With no monthly charge and preprogramming the dial up number into our phone we've already saved a bundle. You can recharge your account when your minutes run out. We've been using this about 2 weeks, so far so good.
I saw the info on Sam's club phone cards. If you read the small print on the back it says you can recharge the card. I recently called about that and found out that when you purchase the cards from Sam's the rate breaks down to 4.16 cents per minute, very cheap, however, if you recharge your card you can get it for 3.47 cents per minute and you can have up to 3000 minutes on a card at a time and can be recharged forever!
- Jane R.
I would like to know what is the best pre-paid phone card for local long distance, or where can I go to find information about all the phone cards available. I used google but there was so much info that is was very hard to find what I am looking for. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how and what to look for.
The best phone cards I have found were at Costco. You do have to be a member or have a friend that is but they have prepaid cards that are $0.029 (2.9 cents) a minute. It comes in a 660 minute card and then you can add more or buy a new one.
I just came back from visiting family in Oklahoma and Dollar Tree had a 20 min. phone card for $1.00!! The only limitation it had was you couldn't use it for cell phone minutes. Quite the deal!
Yes, I had seen the 20 min for a buck phone cards at Dollar Tree. It breaks down to .5 per minute which is more than what I pay per min for an A T & T card at Sam's Club; however I think it makes an excellent little gift....tuck one in a card for a friend or relative or even use as teacher and bus driver gifts. Twenty minutes isn't long to talk tho but hey, it's a very cheap gift! I am not a member of Costco but was thinking of joining. I'll have to check out their cards. Right now I am trying to finish using minutes on an 800 min card I bought at Sam's. Used to be there was no exp but I guess they got smart and now you must use the min's up within 24 mos! With email, I don't do much long distance calling these days!
Don't buy an AT&T Pre-paid card for use in Florida. Recently AT&T charges 5 minutes per each 1 minute of card use. (ie., a 1500 minute card is only good for 300 minutes in Florida. I purchased them for my retired Mother in Florida, so I can speak from experience. The FTC, FCC and Florida Public Services can't do anything about it :). I've switched to Walgreens (Verizon): 1500m for $60 (4¢/minute)