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Where To Buy Prepaid Long Distance Phone Cards

Prepaid phone cards can be purchased and used for a flat fee to make long distance telephone calls. Cards provide you a specified amount of call time to certain destinations. For example, advertisements for these cards may offer "$5 for 1000 Minutes to Guatemala."

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Ads from certain prepaid card providers claim that buyers can make hundreds or thousands of minutes of calls to certain advertised destinations for just a few dollars. In reality, a consumer using these particular cards could make calls for only a fraction of those minutes due to multiple hidden fees and surcharges. In 2015, the FCC fined six companies $30 million for deceptive marketing of calling cards.

Prepaid phone cards are often marketed by companies other than the telephone company or service provider. If you have concerns about deceptive or false advertising or marketing practices, contact the Federal Trade Commission:

Comfi has an all-in-one cross-platform service that lets you make calls from various devices. With Comfi, you can make calls using calling cards, its mobile app, web calls, direct dial, speed dial, and more. It also has military phone cards, international student calling cards, and travel phone cards.

Straight Talk has global calling cards that serve as an add-on to Straight Talk Service Plans. You can choose from Global Calling for international long-distance calls and Unlimited for nationwide calls and calls to Canada and Mexico.

Google Voice is an app that can be used for both personal and business use. It promotes smart voice calling and provides you with a Voice number that works on smartphones and the web, so you can make or receive calls wherever you are. It also lets you forward calls and block spam calls.

NEW YORK - Prepaid phone card users now can purchase and recharge Verizon's calling cards anytime, from any personal computer or laptop. Within minutes, callers can choose the card that best fits their calling needs, buy it and start making long-distance calls, including international calls to more than 200 countries.

"Verizon customers who do not live or work near the retail stores that sell our prepaid cards have been requesting another way to purchase them," said William M. Freeman, president of Verizon's Public Communications Group. "Now, any time, day or night, buying or recharging our cards is more convenient than ever."

Use of prepaid cards has soared over the past few years, and millions of consumers in the United States use them every day. Convenient to buy and easy to use, the cards are especially popular with college students, vacationers, business travelers, international visitors and new citizens.

Verizon offers four online cards -- all with no maintenance fees, which are charged by many other prepaid card sellers. In addition to domestic long-distance, calling is available to more than 200 countries at competitive rates.

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Many people use a pre-paid phone card because of the card's convenience - it can be used anywhere and, since you pay in advance, there is no bill. Pre-paid phone cards are popular among travelers, students, people who frequently call overseas, and those who haven't selected a long-distance service.

Rates for international calls can vary dramatically, based on the country that you call or the way that you make the call. Pre-paid phone cards often offer rates that are much lower than a telephone company's basic international rates.

Phone card companies keep track of how much of a card's calling time is used by the card's PIN number. You can add time to some pre-paid phone cards, and the added cost can usually be billed to a credit card. If you cannot add time to your card, you will need to buy a new one once all the time has been used. Also, pre-paid phone cards often have expiration dates. Make sure to keep track of the date your card expires so you don't lose unused minutes.

Make sure you understand the rates for your particular phone card. Also check the expiration date, look for a toll-free customer service number provided with or on the card, and make sure you understand the instructions on how to use the card. You may also want to ask your friends and family to recommend cards they have used and liked.

The amount of talking time you get can depend on the value of the phone card, where you are calling and if you are calling a landline or a cell phone. You may want to try different phone cards to see which ones provide you with the best value.

The prepaid long-distance phone card business is unregulated in Canada. If you have problems with your card, try the customer service number. Some card companies are difficult to reach. If you want to complain about the phone card company, follow the instructions in How do I make a consumer complaint?

Choose from Two PC long distance cards. Both cards include no hidden fees, free 1-866 access from Canada and the US to over 200 countries worldwide and billing in 1-minute increments. Sign in to add minutes, buy a new card and view your call history

Telephone Prepaid Debit Cards (a.k.a. Prepaid Calling Cards): Telephone prepaid debit cards (referred to as prepaid calling cards under California Business & Professions Code Section 17538.9), offer the consumer the convenience of making (primarily) long distance calls, domestically or internationally, from any phone or phone number, without using cash, even where the customer may not have his or her own service account.

Telephone prepaid debit card calls are typically made by calling a toll-free number and entering a Personal Identification Number (PIN) printed on the back of the phone card. Customers normally purchase phone debit cards for specific dollar amounts. The debit cards provide long distance minutes based upon rates set by the debit card service provider. As calls are made, the usable minutes are automatically deducted from the card balance. Some debit cards are re-chargeable, allowing the user to add more calling time by dialing a toll-free number or accessing a website and using a major credit card.

Prepaid Wireless Services with Assigned Phone Number: This form of prepaid service requires a customer to purchase and activate a carrier specific handset (a mobile phone), and to load or purchase usage minutes for the handset. The customer can either purchase and/or reload the minutes online, or via prepaid wireless refill cards sold at retail outlets. Prepaid wireless refill cards are also commonly advertised as prepaid wireless cards, prepaid airtime cards and prepaid cell-phone cards. The service links the handset to a specific telephone number and account, where credits are added to, and debits subtracted from, the previously established account balance.

Both types of phone cards, telephone prepaid debit card and prepaid wireless refill card, are sold by third party retailers at locations such as convenience stores, liquor stores, discount stores, supermarkets, department stores, and small markets and shops. They can also be purchased on the Internet, including directly from the carrier or service provider.

If you wish to become a telephone prepaid debit card service provider, i.e., to contract with an underlying carrier to run the prepaid phone card "platform", and have control over the rates, connection fees, charges, and other fees, and if you intend to market your business in California, then you must register with the CPUC prior to offering and/or distributing your prepaid phone cards or prepaid phone service. See the registration requirements under Public Utilities Code sections 885 and 886. Pursuant to section 887, you must also conform to the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 17538.9 relating to the sale of prepaid phone cards.

As a distributor or retail vendor of telephone prepaid debit cards provided by the debit card service provider, and which you typically buy at discount and sell for a profit to end users, you need to be aware of the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 17538.9 relating to the sale of prepaid phone cards. Section 17538.9 has subparts that apply to distributors and retail vendors, as well as the company offering the prepaid calling card, all of which are designed to ensure that the card consumer knows what he or she is getting.

As a distributor or retail vendor of telephone prepaid debit cards, you share in the obligation to make sure the terms and conditions of the prepaid phone card service are clearly disclosed to the consumer. You do not need to register with the CPUC.

Telephone Prepaid Debit Cards (a.k.a. Prepaid Calling Cards): The California Legislature approved CPUC statutes that include language regulating the use of telephone debit cards and service. The providers of telephone prepaid debit card service must register with the CPUC. Public Utilities Code Section 885 states "Any entity offering the services of telephone prepaid debit cards is subject to the registration requirements of Section 1013, commencing January 1, 1999, unless that entity is certificated by the commission to provide telephone service."

Resellers of prepaid telephone debit cards who are NOT subject to the registration requirement include: (1) third-party retailers who sell the debit cards without participating in the setting of rates, terms, conditions, or otherwise in the provision of the service; and (2) entities that only print information on telephone prepaid debit cards. 041b061a72


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