Calling Cards – The Unintentional Gift

Calling Cards are an advanced version of prepaid cards. They allow a person to make international calls at pretty low rates, and you don’t need to worry about huge bills to pay at the end of the month. You can decide how much money you want to spend on your long distance calls and pay for it in advance. Get your card and make your calls being sure that your budget will not go for a toss.

When did Calling Cards Start?

Though we have recently become aware of calling cards (thanks to globalization), they have actually been around for quite a few decades. The first calling cards came out in Italy towards the end of the 70s. The reason for the invention of calling cards was not really to help people make more economical, long distance calls. There were fewer coins in Italy at the time, so stolen coins from payphones were a common event. To stop the theft, a vending machine producer SIDA came up with the idea and the first cards had magnetic strips on them that could be swiped on special phones. This is how it started, and pretty soon, these cards became a rage all over Europe and today…calling cards are a way to feel relieved that the phone bills will not empty you out. They are more preferred than the regular international calling options actually.

How Do They Work?

In a quite simple manner actually; every card has an access number (like an 800 number) that the user needs to dial from a phone. Then they need to provide the user ID or password or a PIN number provided to them to use that calling card, and then dial the number they want to call. It’s that easy to use a calling card; no more collect calls, no more struggling with the possible charges, no more counting the minutes to control the charges. Calling cards have made it very easy for people to stay in touch even when they are in another country, especially for people who travel a lot.

They Will Stay because…

First things first, calling cards are much more economical than many international calling plans where the long distance and the local carrier both, charge for the call, they are more economical than collect calls, and they can be managed as per your decided budget.

The world today is traveling extensively, students are moving away to study in different continents, professionals are moving away for better job opportunities, families are moving away for a better quality of life or because one earning or studying member needs to move to another place, and with all this… many of us have traveling jobs, we visit different parts of the world for work or leisure, visiting different countries and continents and traveling the world, is on the wish list of almost every one today. This is where calling cards become the most preferred way to stay connected.

Think of this, most of the professional and business people travel extensively today, and that is where the world is going….global, which means a lot of travel. In the past, and even currently for some, every time a person hops a continent or a country…they have to change their roaming plan which means calling their local provider and finding out about the best long distance provider (which definitely leaves a lot of room for mistake where a person ends up getting an expensive plan), getting the plan changed, calculating the tariff and by the time they get used to it… it’s time to move to another place. Then there is always the possibility of shock if the bill is not as expected. All of this can be avoided by the simple use of a calling card, and we want things to be simple, we want to know how our money is being spent right when we spend it. Calling cards are just the way to do that.

Think about students who travel to other countries for studies. It becomes easier for parents to manage their child’s calling budget if they use a calling card instead of having to pay bills that will definitely burn a hole in the pocket.

Calling cards may have been invented to prevent the theft of coins, but they have risen to be one of the best ways to keep people connected without having to compromise on the quality of their conversation.


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