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.
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