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If you wish to make an international call from home it can be really costly. One of the cheapest ways to speak with your family and friends is to use an international prepaid calling card. Prepaid international calling cards provide you a wide range of advantages on international calls:

  • They generally provide the lowest rates available - you can save up to 90% of the cost of a normal call.
  • You can use them from every phone (work, home, mobile and public phones)
  • If you use a toll-free number, you can call from work or a friend's phone without them being charged for the call.
  • It's very simple to control your spending and avoid the 'bad surprise' of an enormous monthly phone bill.

Choosing a prepaid calling card

Deciding to buy a prepaid international calling card is difficult. There are many accessible cards; tariffs and conditions are really intricate. Even people that work in the calling card business have problems to decide which card is the most competitive for each destination. So, what possibility has a normal person in working out what to buy?

The best recommendation we can give is to use different products until you work out what is best for you - even if you use the wrong card you will presumably cut your costs by 50%.

The stores usually don't have much information or provide useful advice. You might buy whatever is in stock - this could be a bad-value card where the credit dissolves quickly or where the service means your calls don't connect appropriately. When you choose a card, you should take into account:

  • The tariffs for the country(ies) you call.
  • The duration of your calls. Some cards have a large connection charge which is a disadvantage if you realize lots of short calls, but no problem if you talk for an hour at a time to family and friends.
  • How much you call, all cards expire (usually 30-90 days from the first time you use it to call). Some cards also have cards have a daily maintenance charge, which evidently matters less if you use the card quickly.
The main thing to remember is that the card with the lowest rate per minute might not be the most practical card for you. Some of the cards that exist might not give the best per-minute value first sight, but they might have the benefit of no extra charges, therefore work out well for the majority of customers.

How to use a prepaid calling card.

When you understand how prepaid calling cards work, you will wish to use them. The usage is very simple,, you will only need the right access number to dial and a PIN number.

Each calling card is delicately different, but they all work the following way:

  • Dial the access number
  • Enter your PIN number
  • Dial your destination
We can find cards that might have an option which asks you to choose for the language; others have options through which you can obtain other services. A good sample of this is that many cards permit you to turn on number recognition, so if you dial from home you can get the card to recognize you after the first call so you don't have to enter the PIN again.


Excalibur Recharge Options: No
Minute Rounding: 2 min
Expiration: 90 days after first use
Payphone surcharge: 0.28 Per minute
Maintenance Fee: 0.03 daily

IDT UK Eagle

IDT UK Eagle Recharge Options: No
Minute Rounding: 1 min
Expiration: 90 days after initial use
Payphone surcharge: 0.15
Maintenance Fee: 0.07 daily


EuroStar Recharge Options: No
Minute Rounding: 3 min
Expiration: 90 days after initial use
Payphone surcharge: None
Maintenance Fee: 0.51 weekly

Cloncom Connect

Cloncom Connect Recharge Options: Yes
Minute Rounding: 1 min
Expiration: None
Payphone surcharge: 0.74 per call (Only from USA)
Maintenance Fee: None

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