Add a phone card to your care package to friends and family serving in the military

November 10th, 2008

"What phone card would be best to buy for someone serving overseas in the military?"

With Veteran’s Day this week, I know many people are thinking of their loved ones serving overseas as well as those who have served in the past.  I thought that this would be the best time to give everyone a refresher on choosing a phone card to send with a care package for those in the military.

If the person you’re purchasing for is going to use the phone card from an AT&T tent on US military bases abroad including Iraq, the AT&T Prepaid Phone Card is the best for their calling needs.


AT&T Prepaid Phone Card

Intrastate rates are only 5¢ per minute. We carry the AT&T Prepaid Phone Card in denominations of $6.25 which will give you 125 interstate minutes and $59.99 which will give you 1200 interstate minutes. Please note that due to intrastate regulations, when making a call within a single state, the rate per minute will vary per minute from the stated USA rate. (Calls beyond the state line or to other countries are not affected by this regulation.)

Click here to read the full details about the AT&T Prepaid Phone Card.

What’s great about purchasing one of these cards from ZapTel is that you have three ways to get the card to your loved one:

  1. Forward the e-mail confirmation with the PIN information.
  2. Send the phone card as a gift through your ZapTel dashboard.
  3. Use ZapTel’s Print-n-Go feature to print out the details and send it with your next care package.

I’ve also had some family members tell me that their military family member has a cell phone based in Iraq to use for calling. If this is your situation, it’s best to check with the mobile provider first to see if phone cards are blocked from the mobile phone. Or, you can dial the access number from the card to see if it will work. If you’re prompted for a PIN, then the card should work for you. Keep in mind, though, that minutes will be deducted from the mobile phone plan to connect to the phone card, but the international fees will come off the balance of the card.

The only card we carry that works from an Iraqi based phone line is the Absolute Global card. A $25 card will give you about 56 minutes from Iraq to the U.S. The Absolute Global is supported by MCI and will not work from the AT&T tents that many military personnel have access to.

If your family or friend is located on a military base where they have access to a phone with a U.S. dial tone other than the AT&T tents described above, any one of ZapTel’s phone cards will work for their calling needs. All they have to use is the U.S. toll free access number and the card will bill at the U.S. originating rate per minute.

I, along with the other ZapTel staff, are truly thankful for the service of our US Veterans and active service members.  As the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of US Veterans, Veterans Day is a special day of remembrance, thanks and appreciation for me.  On November 11th, please remember to thank a vet!


Phone Card Coupon for Week of November 10th

Through November 16th, receive a 5% discount on the purchase of an AT&T Prepaid Phone Card from ZapTel. Use the following code to receive the discount:


Enter the coupon code on the Review Your Order page, and be sure to click the "Add Coupon Code" button on the page to apply the discount. Offer expires at Midnight Central Time on November 16, 2008.

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One Response to “Add a phone card to your care package to friends and family serving in the military”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    January 7th, 2009 at 2:18 am

    good very nice articles thank you…

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