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Issa Asad Reveals: Prepaid Vs. Post-Paid Calling Cards

For those who live outside of their home country, being able to stay connected to loved ones can often be very expensive. Instead of using a landline or cell phone to call internationally, those who are living abroad can use a calling card as an affordable way to call their family without worrying about a bill or surcharges.

Although staying connected by email, social networking sites and online chats are less expensive options, most people still prefer to call their loved ones. Issa Asad, a telecom expert with over 15 years of experience in the industry, says calling cards help people make international calls and send messages at reasonable rates.

“For those who live abroad, nothing beats the experience of hearing your loved ones’ voice,” says Issa Asad.

There are two types of calling cards: prepaid and post-paid. Continue reading to find out which calling card is best for international calling.

Prepaid Calling Cards

Prepaid calling cards must be loaded with minutes before being used for making calls. Users must “recharge” the phone card by adding credits. Various companies allot different rates-per-minute. For example, 10 credits can equal 100 minutes, and 20 credits can equal 300 minutes, and so on. Once the credits/minutes run out, the user must add more credits in order to make more calls. Since the user pays before using the phone card’s services, setting a budget and limited expenses is easy.

Post-Paid Calling Cards

Post-paid cards can be used to make calls for a specified period, which are then paid-for once the period ends. Some companies set specific “plans” for the post-paid calling cards, such as 5 cents per minute and text message, which is then paid for at the end of the period. Since users pay at the end of the period, post-paid calling cards may not be the best choice for those who want to set a limited budget.

Tips for Using a Prepaid or Post-Paid Calling Card

  • Before using a prepaid or post-paid calling card, consumers should compare the card companies’ services before deciding which card to use.
  • Many companies allow consumers to purchase the calling card over the Internet.
  • Once the order is placed, a confirmation is given to the consumer, along with a PIN number for making calls. To place a call using a landline or cell phone, the user dials the PIN number, followed by the country code, the city code and then the phone number.