Role & Significance of Calling Cards for Long Distance Calling

As it has become convenient for mankind to cover the long distances, a large number of people are moving from one place to another for various reasons. A wish of exploring a new place, a new business opportunity and a better education and employment opportunity usually fosters people to cross the boundaries of cities, states and countries.

The increasing number of people covering long distance is directly affecting the demand of long distance communication. Such demand is tremendously rising due to robust globalization and acceleration of outsourcing to India. It becomes challenging job for Telecom industry to keep step with the communication requirements of general public.

Telecommunication companies are putting their best foot forward to facilitate long distance calling services. These companies provide a plethora of choices for long distance calling, cell phones, prepaid calling cards, VoIP phones, dial around long distance, call back services  and lot more.

Long distance calling cards are among the cheapest means of long distance communication. Any individual going abroad for education, vacation, employment or business dealing, can make use of these easy and affordable long distance calling cards. These cards are prepaid in nature and come with specific minutes for which users pay prior to using them. Unlike the traditional calling with landlines, in which you have to bear huge monthly bills topped up with many hidden costs, it is easy to know how much you are paying and for how many minutes with long distance calling cards. It is easy to use these cards from any of your registered number or even an unregistered overseas number.


Here are the common features of long distance calling cards:

The process is very simple for making a long distance call from the calling cards:

  • First of all, you need to dial the access number. Such access number aids to receive instructions from your service provider while making calls and also to know the balance and number of minutes in your prepaid calling card account.
  • Next you need to enter the registered PIN that you receive when you register for the account, usually for unregistered phone numbers. With pinless dialing you can avoid this hassle.
  • Then, enter the desired number following the international dialing code such as city or country code and you will get connected to your desired destination.

This whole process is easy and economical and that’s what makes it popular among frequent international callers. Whether you follow any method of making a long distance call, always beware while choosing any plan and service provider as many service providers extort huge money from customers in terms of hidden cost.

Summary: The increasing number of people covering long distances is directly related to the demand of long distance communication. Long distance calling cards are among the cheapest means of long distance communication. The common features of long distance prepaid cards are PIN-less dialing, speed dial, call back feature, domestic and international access numbers, rechargeable accounts etc.


How to Use International Phone Calling Cards

You might be wondering if using calling cards to make overseas calls is an easy process or not. Once you understand how these cards work, you will realize that it really is a non messy and straight forward process.

Steps Involved
It is true that not all international calling phone cards are exactly alike but all of them work on the same fundamental principles and use similar processes.
As a customer, you will be provided with an access number to dial along with a PIN number which will be sent to your e mail address. Access numbers can be of 2 types, local access numbers and toll free access numbers. In case of local access number, you will have to pay for the local call to access the system from your home, office or pay phone. By using a toll free access number, you won’t have to pay for the local call; in fact both the actual international call and local call will be taken care of under the terms and conditions of the plan.
Once you dial the access number, you will have to enter your PIN number and then continue to dial the destination number you want to reach.

Most cheap phone cards announce the number of minutes you can talk for, rates for different destinations differ and the balance of minutes remaining on your account will depend on which place you are calling. But they have a catch which is in their terms of connection fee, maintenance fee and other service charges. With such cards you will never receive the number of minutes you are actually supposed to receive and you end up paying much more. On the contrary a few calling cards are honest and will always provide you the minutes they provide and will also clearly mention all the charges that they charge you for the call if any.

The actual call starts connecting after you dial the destination number and all companies provide the opportunity to redial and make follow on calls because you really don’t want to hang up and start the process all over again.

Easy Recharge
Customers can easily recharge their international phone calling cards through the company website, instant pay facility, auto recharge or even through customer care services. On the website, they simply have to enter the user ID, PIN number, click on the recharge option, and select the amount they want to recharge, confirm their payment, enter debit card or credit card details and submit this. They will get an e mail confirmation for this.
In case consumers want to use customer care services, they will have to call a representative and follow IVR instructions to make payment.

Customers can be assured that their credit card details will not be misused by the company and its employees. Reputed companies make use of highly sophisticated security features to safeguard sensitive financial information of customers which they submit to procure cheap international cards.