How to Use Calling Cards in India

India is one of the most populated countries in Southeast Asia. Naturally, the country has many cellular and telephones users as well as telecommunications companies— making it one of the fastest growing industries and revenues in the entire nation.

The call card in India includes 10-digit numbers—two digits for the operator (they are usually using numbers ranging from 92-97) followed by another two for zone code then the rest is the subscriber’s personal number. The uniqueness of the beginning number in each calling card company in India serves as their network identification. It is important to take note of the operator numbers and zone code before dialing to avoid interruptions before or while making calls.

Initially, users have to add 0 before dialing the subscriber’s number. But many call card India companies found this to be insignificant and bothersome. As an alternative, they created common codes among the same service areas. This results to localization of all codes of service providers located in one area/zone. In other words the different codes of different service providers become insignificant although, you are still obliged to include the operator and the zone codes when making a call. This continuous improvement of calling card industry in India is making the competitions among the service providers even tighter.

These are only applicable for mobile phone users. Using landlines for calling in India requires an area code, the 2 to 4 digits, preceding the local number which makes it fourteen digits (011-92-45…..). On the other hand, you only need to dial the six to eight digits local number for local landline calls. Additional reminder about the call card India uses pertains to their toll-free numbers which have the beginning number of 1800 (1800…..). But these numbers are not really free if you are calling in India from other parts of the globe. A corresponding overseas call charge will be billed to you. There are also toll-free numbers which are used for emergency numbers like police hotline and fire department numbers.

Similarly, making an international call from India is expensive, especially long distance calls from a hotel. But there is a cheaper option for you called International Subscriber Dialing (ISD) and Standard Trunk Dialing (STD).Look for yellow signs before calling. The calls are computer generated and have fixed prices which are reasonable enough for you to make a call. You just have to add 00 at the beginning of the number. However, there is a disadvantage to using this service like slow connection, thereby making your conversations unclear and sometimes even unintelligible.  So in reality, this is really not as cheap and as practical as it is supposed to be.

However, the rates and rules that calling card India providers depend on three important factors such as when your call to and from India is thru mobile phones, whether or not your call is crossing beyond specific zones or circles, and your preferred service operators. Take note that aside from rates differences, these three factors also affect the clarity and speed of your communication process.


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