Defining your phone card need to find the best calling card

February 8th, 2009

"What do I need to know before I select a phone card?"

Whether you have a one-time or regular phone card need, ZapTel has a phone card that will help you save money on long distance and international calls.  Before you buy a card, though, you should define your calling need so you can make the best calling card purchase for your money.

Here are a few questions you should answer to help you select the best phone card:

How often will you use your phone card?

Knowing how often you plan to use your phone card will help you narrow your choices.  If you plan to use your card two or more times per week, don’t rule out cards with additional fees.  If you plan to use your card once per week or less, then a flat-rate no fee card may be in your best interest.


How long do you plan on talking for each call?

This is another helpful tip that can help you decide between a phone card with fees and one with no fees.  Long talkers usually get the most minutes out of a card with fees.  Short talkers usually get the most minutes out of a card with no fees.  The tipping point between long calls versus short calls is usually between 25 and 30 minutes per call.


Will you be calling a landline or mobile phone?

When you do a rate search for your calling destination, you’ll see that there are two different rates: one to a landline and one to a mobile phone.  Most mobile phone rates are anywhere from double or triple (sometimes more) than the landline rate.  This difference is due to how most international mobile phone providers bill their users for incoming calls.  Most people outside the US have free incoming calls on their cell phones, so when a call is placed to them, someone has to pay for the call to be accepted.  This cost defaults to the person placing the call, hence the increase in the rate.  It’s best to know the type of phone you’ll be calling so you can choose the card with the best rate per minute.


Once you’ve narrowed your choices done to a couple phone cards, do the math to see which card will be most cost effective for you.  Click here to read how to do phone card math.


Phone Card Coupon for Week of February 9th

Through February 9th, take $1 off your purchase of a new phone card or recharge from ZapTel this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. 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 February 9, 2009.

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2 Responses to “Defining your phone card need to find the best calling card”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    February 14th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    about phone-number? my debit card issue from indian bank! but i m in usa for visit (for 6 month) & i dont have any phone number to verifiy my order ? i have my indian phone number is that will work for my first purchase?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    February 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Re: About phone-number? I’m sorry to hear that you’re having debit card issues. If you’re trying to place a purchase and need to verify the details with us, please call us at 1-877-532-2737 and press 0 for Customer Service. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

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