Say NO to a Trip Abroad without Phone Cards!
As they often say, ‘the world is becoming smaller’, and traveling abroad for both business and pleasure has become quite normal these days. We sort out the bigger details regarding the trip like Visa, permits and bookings with much needed attention, but forget a few essentials as we think they might be minor.
According to eMarketer, we spend around 22% of mobile phone usage time over phone calls. With most of our average day being spent on talking over the mobile phone, we don’t think much about our monthly phone expenses. But many of us fail to realize that even if we cut down our communications to the barest minimum, the charges are going to be over the roof thanks to the foreign exchange differences.
Pleasure or Business: Both Covered
Be it a pleasure trip or even on account of business these days, most of us cannot stay away from the social interaction during our trips. When we are in a foreign place, we need to be in touch with both the co-passengers and the people at home turf. Especially in case of any unforeseen plan changes and emergencies, the mobile phones can be lifesaving.
But again does it mean we have to blow a hole in our pocket? Think again.
Say Hello to Phone Cards!
Despite depending on the free Wifi facilities found in few selected public areas, when traveling abroad it becomes expensive to call and stay connected through the Internet. Phone cards are the best way to solve this problem.
International phone cards, also called calling cards, are great lifesavers in more than one way. They ensure you have 24/7 connectivity between countries economically. While it is possible for us to use our very own network using international roaming, it is usually too expensive in case you stay for more than a day or two.
How does a Calling Card Work for You?
Despite the name phone ‘card’, there are no physical cards to use. You can use the same phone card that you have been using in your country when you travel abroad. Once you sign up for a phone card you will be receiving a PIN through your registered email ID and the calling instructions.
That is it! You can get making calls from any mobile network.
Why Phone Cards are Better?
1. Cost Effective
Of course, the cost effectiveness of the phone cards are the major advantage over any other form of communication. Companies make sure that they keep the cost benefit to the users as their priority. You don’t even have to buy any special instruments (phone, router, SIM etc.) to use the facility. All you need is a PIN that you will receive via email from your phone card company.
2. Business Facilities
Phone cards just not only give normal one on one call facility, but also make the lives of the globetrotting business executives easier. They provide several benefits to them like teleconference facilities, conference calls and even add in data packs.
3. Easy Top Ups
Even if you choose a prepaid card for your usage, the phone cards offer easy top up or refill options through Internet. They also have an option to automate the top up as you finish using the minutes, ensuring you will not have to worry about your call being disconnected amidst your conversation.
The phone cards are flexible in terms of the type of calls you make. They are provided for your calls in your country as well as international calls, which has become their main feature. You can call to phone – landline or mobile from any network. Some like Nobelcom Philippines also provides calls from personal computers to any mobile or landline.
5. Other Features
The modern telecommunication world has developed so much that the international phone cards often provide features that we are used to with our local phone network. Some of them like speed dial, voicemail, PIN less dialing etc. can be used from the phone cards as well.
Choose Your Phone Card Wisely
You can choose among the various type of cards when you sign up, based on your requirements. Are you globe-trotter, traveling and making calls to multiple countries? Or are you finding yourself making calls only to a particular country, say your home? You can choose a plan that would help you minimize your cost.
Either way, if you are planning a trip abroad then you have to make sure you add ‘registering for a phone card’ to your to do list, among the other items. Have a safe trip!
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