There may be other considerations, such a quality, how easy it is to use, and other factors, that are more important than the cost of the call card. Most call cards have similar basic features, but they are not all alike. Look at each offer carefully to determine which one will offer the best value to you. When you are considering which card to buy, here are the things you should do: review the terms and conditions carefully, study all of the fees and costs, find out if there are any restrictions that may apply, ask any questions you may have.
Follow this advice:
1. Consider how the rate compares to other cards. As you compare card charges, don’t just consider the fee for the card itself.
Here are some things you will want to consider when thinking about what you need in a call card:
- Where will you be calling?
- How long will your calls be?
- How often will you use this card? Is it a “one-off” or will you use it again and again?
- Is quality of sound more important than quantity of minutes – or vice-versa?
- Will you be traveling abroad or staying in the US while you use this card?
- Is this card for business or personal use?
- Is the ability to recharge an important feature for you?
2. Make a side-by-side comparison of different features of the cards. Be sure that you will always be able to check on the number of minutes left to you by easily accessing a company website or calling a toll free customer service number. Understand that not every call card offers free customer service. You may end up consuming your minutes talking with the company customer service personnel.
3. Research what nations are covered under the different card plans. Be sure to get a list of the countries you can call with the card you are considering. You can’t call every country with every card. Only consider the cards that are good for the largest number of the countries that you make calls to regularly. Be sure the rates are reasonable. If you are trying to make an international call on a domestic call card, you may face higher rates than you would with an international call card.
4. Make a comparison regarding how easy they are to use. Make sure it will be easy to recharge your card. If your card is lost, stolen or damaged, make sure it is simple to notify customer service by phone, email, letter, or in person. Find out who will be liable if a mishap should befall your card. Usually it will be you. Make sure you read all the terms and conditions associated with the use of your card. If the card you choose is user-friendly, you will find that it offers a lot of amenities and customer service courtesies.
5. Determine what the rules are regarding customer service. Find out if there is staff at customer service 24 hours a day, every day, or if you can only call during set times. Think about inconvenient situations. For example, the card may require you to call during business hours, but you may live outside the time zone of the business.