Phone cards can save you money over long distance providers

February 23rd, 2009

“Can I use a phone card for long distance and cancel my landline long distance service?”

Everyone is looking for ways to trim their budgets.  Whether it’s groceries, clothes, utilities or entertainment, every penny off adds up when trying to save money.

I’ve watched a number of news reports where people are trying to save money on their phone and long distance services.  More and more people are canceling their home phone services and opting instead to use their cell phones.  However, if you’re like me, I don’t like the idea of not having service to my landline phone.

I have a number of friends and relatives who use phone cards either addition to their long distance service or instead of their long distance service.  I even use my ZapTel phone card (which I normally use when calling outside the US) for out of state calling.  I seem to save just a few cents per minute, but every penny adds up.

Phone cards used for calls within the U.S. will save you the most money when calling state to state.  Calls made within your state (intrastate calling) are subject to a higher rate per minute due to an FCC regulation.  As of March 2007, phone card carriers must pay a fee per minute to local long distance providers for these calls. This does not apply to out of state or interstate phone calls.

Depending on your calling needs, ZapTel has many phone cards to fit your domestic calling needs.  The rates listed for the cards below are for interstate calling as listed in our store as of February 23, 2009.  Please click on the name of the card to see the specifications for any additional fees or intrastate rates that may apply:

Extreme Talk Time International - 0.9¢ per minute when using local access numbers
Extreme Talk Time USA - 1.9¢ per minute
True North* - 2.7¢ per minute when using local access numbers
Everyday USA - 2.9¢ per minute
Minute by Minute* - 3.3¢ per minute
Flying Colors* - 4¢ per minute

* Flat-rate, no fee phone cards.

Many people are also looking for ways to have a mobile phone without being tied into a plan where you pay a monthly bill.  ZapTel sells refill minutes for three mobile prepaid plans (AT&T Cingular Wireless Refills, T-Mobile To Go Prepaid Refills, and TracFone Nationwide Prepaid Wireless Refills).  ZapTel does not set up service with these plans, but we sell the prepaid refill PINs so customers with these plans can put more minutes on their phones.

I think the best of these is the TracFone Nationwide Prepaid plan.  When you add more minutes before your Service End Date displayed on your TracFone screen, the minutes and service days you add to your phone are added to the minutes and service days you already have.  So your remaining minutes roll over to the next set of minutes you add.

The TracFone Nationwide Prepaid Refill cards expire 90 days after they’ve been loaded into your phone.  That means you need to refill your minutes about 4 or 5 times per year.  ZapTel sells refill cards for $29.99.  Your total mobile phone cost would be between $119.96 and $149.95 per year for between 480 and 600 local minutes per year.

My aunt and uncle use this plan and it saves them a lot of money.  Their cell phone need is just for occasional use and emergencies, and this plan works great for them.

To save even more money on your phone card purchases, you can always check out my weekly blog posts to see if there’s a coupon you can use towards your purchase.

Phone Card Coupon for Week of February 23rd

Through March 8th, take 5% off your purchase of a new phone card or recharge 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 March 8, 2009.

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One Response to “Phone cards can save you money over long distance providers”

  1. Bob Fast Says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for your great blog and interesting posts, Keep up the good work!

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