Using phone cards to stay with your calling budget

January 22nd, 2012

“How can phone cards help me to stay on a budget?”

Phone cards are a great way to keep yourself on a budget with your phone use, no matter where in the world you call.  ZapTel has a number of phone cards that can help you stick with your budget and keep in touch with your loved ones.

The best phone cards I can recommend for sticking with a calling budget are either flat-rate cards or phone cards with no weekly/monthly service fees.  I say this because there may be periods of time because of your budget that you may not be using your phone card.  During that time, you don’t want service fees to come off the balance of your phone card.  The rate per minute may be higher than some of our other cards, but the benefit long term will be better.

To budget your time, first decide on how much you’d like to spend per week or month on calls.

After you’ve figured out this amount, do a rate search for your calling origination and destination.  This will give you a list of phone cards available for your calling need.

To view the flat-rate cards only, click on the link under the rate search that says Click for advanced options.  Choose the filter that shows flat-rate cards only and press Search Rates.

Review the cards available that you feel would best suit your calling needs.

Two phone cards that will not come up when you use this filter are the International Student’s Choice and Au Pair’s Choice.  Both of these cards have a 10% surcharge per call but no other service fees.  Take a look at these two cards as well when you’re evaluating your card choices.  To see how their rates stack up to the flat-rate phone cards, add the 10% surcharge to the rate per minute.  Here’s an example.

Let’s say that you’re looking at a card that’s 10 cents per minute with a 10% surcharge per call.  When you add that into the rate per minute, it makes the rate 11¢ per minute.

For more information about finding the right phone card for your calling needs, check out our First Time Buyer’s Guide.

Phone Card Coupon for Week of January 23rd

Through February 5th, receive $1.00 off of your purchase of a new phone card PIN 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 February 5, 2012.

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