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How to Buy a Calling Card
Actually purchasing a calling card is not hard.
The hard part in buying a calling card is the 'choosing' - choosing the right thing to buy. That's because there are an enormous number of bad cards on the market and too many bad companies selling them.
Making the right choice involves two main things. First is picking the right company and second is picking the right card. You want to get them both right, of course, but of the two, picking the right company is the most important.
In this section, we'll tell you what you need to do find reputable vendors and buy a calling card that meets your needs.
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How to Assess Your Needs
As a general rule, we recommend that you buy calling cards thru online vendors, not at retail shops. Obviously, this is not to say that all online vendors are good or all retail cards are bad, just that online shops are generally a better bet overall for buying quality cards.
Where to Buy Calling Cards
As a general rule, we recommend that you buy calling cards thru online vendors, not at retail shops. The main reasons have to do with easier comparisons of vendors and cards as well as more complete fee and rate disclosure. Because of packaging and other factors, it is easier for vendors to play games with cards sold at retail.
How to Pick the Right Vendor
There are a lot of shady calling card vendors out there, so your first priority is finding a reputable vendor to buy from.
Finding a good vendor is not hard if you know what to look for. Once you've found a good vendor or two, then you can focus on choosing the right card.
How to Pick the Right Card
Dozens of companies sell hundreds of calling cards - all with complicated pricing. How do you know which card to buy?
The short answer is you want a card with a fee structure that is well matched to the kinds of calls you make. That's hard to do without a detailed pricing model, but our 3 calling card rules of thumb will get you on the right track.
Recommended Calling Card Vendors
To help you find the card you need quickly, we suggest you consider our recommended calling card vendors.
We chose these companies after a thorough and objective review of dozens of vendors.
We are confident these vendors will deliver value and service that is among the best in the calling card industry.
These calling cards get our 'Best Buy' rating.
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