How to find the best phone card for your needs

February 23rd, 2017

“What should I know or consider before buying a phone card?”

Not all phone cards are the same.  Whether you make your phone card purchase with ZapTel or another company, it’s important to read all the card details and understand what your calling needs are before making a selection.  The more you know about your phone card and your needs, the better you’ll be able to pick the calling card that’s right for you.

Here are the first questions I ask customers before helping them start their phone card search:

  1. What country do you need to call?
  2. What type of phone will you be calling to? (i.e. landline or mobile phone)
  3. How long do you plan to talk on each call? (more or less than about 20-30 minutes)
  4. How often do you plan to call? (number of times per week)

Flat-Rate Phone Cards vs. Phone Cards with Fees

A phone card with additional fees may be best if you plan to talk 20-30+ minutes per call, 2-3 times or more per week.

Cards that are flat-rate with no additional fees are best if you plan to talk less than 20-30 minutes per call and/or you use your card just once per week, or if you make frequent, short phone calls.

Mobile Phones vs. Landline Phones

Make sure that you double check the rate per minute if you plan on calling to an international mobile phone. The rate per minute to an international mobile phone is much higher than the landline rate in most cases.  This is mainly due to how international mobile phone plans bill.  Many give their customers free incoming calls.  If this is the case, the person originating the call is on the hook to pay the cost for the person to accept the call, hence the higher rate per minute.

Doing Phone Card Math

This is a point I cannot stress to more to customers.  No matter which phone card you choose, make sure you know how to do phone card math. If you’re new to using phone cards and can’t decide between two different cards, try a low denomination of both and see how the math plays out. Go with the card that saves you the most money.

Need additional assistance choosing the right phone card? Check out our guide Phone Call Tips for First Time Phone Card Buyers.


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