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Calling Card Companies: How to choose the best calling card retailer for you?

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A Calling card retailer is just a retail shop that sells calling cards. That can be an online store or an in-person phone card location (or an outlet like Wal-Mart or any other big retailer that carries calling cards). It may or may not be evident to you, but the competition in calling card sales is huge. And so right now, there's this push and lots of companies are competing for the title of the "best calling card retailer".

What does that mean for you, as the end consumer? GREAT DEALS on calling rates! As well as a variety of other increased beneficial offers and packages.

So, the question not only becomes about finding the best calling cards or the best retailer to by them from, the question really becomes about how to choose the best calling card retailer for you. When you're looking at calling cards though, here are a few significant factors you will want to to look out for:

- Look at the rates offered to your calling destination. It is usually given as 'x'$ /min (i.e. a specified amount of minutes per specified amount per dollar). Check whether these rates fluctuate (as some do) and yes, international calls cost a bit extra.
- Also, (phone card companies can be tricky!) make sure the rate remains constant throughout the day, because sometimes it changes based on the hours you're calling.
- Opting for minute billing over the minute rounding schedule is better for a calling card. In a 3 minute rounding schedule, if a call lasts for 4 minutes, your remaining talk time will be debited as if you had talked for 6 minutes. In this same situation, if you were on a minute by minute billing, your remaining talk time would only be debited for 4 minutes.
- The additional taxes and fees are often in the habit of playing "hide 'n' seek" with you. Don't let this happen to you. Before buying a calling card, make sure you have thoroughly investigated what additional fees and taxes the calling card retailer might charge. These additional taxes and charges are often significant in the amount of minutes you actually receive with your calling card.
- If you get locked into a card that just stinks (if you've already purchased one or do in the future), making a long single call is often more economical than many shorter calls.
- Check expiration dates: After the expiration date, your minutes left are, in most cases, literally useless. Will you be able to use up most/all of the time you've pre-purchased?
- Make sure the phone card company you go with has a money-back guarantee which is longer than the expiration date on your minutes, or at least gives you an opportunity to use the card a few times before the refund period runs out. Many phone card companies don't even have a refund policy, but few rare companies do, so that's something you want to check out for any calling card retailer you look at.
- Know in advance if attempting a call that does not connect will cost you a charge.
- Make an assessment of the connection or access rates and the disconnection rates of the calling card offered by your calling card retailer. This varies usually from $0.01 to $1.

The best of calling card companies will give you the details of the additional taxes and charges right up front, but again, as already stated, often times, you'll find that the fees are just buried in the fine print.

The best advice we can offer you is to not be hasty when getting a calling card. Have all your questions sorted out with the calling card retailer before making a purchase. The above lists give you a good idea of what to look for from whatever calling card you decide to purchase.

CallingAdvice has been at this a LONG time (since 2001). If you have a high-speed Internet connection and a computer you can use anywhere you go, we recommend signing up for Skype.

If you're looking to buy a calling card, a retailer you really should check out is SpeedyPin

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