Planning a trip or making a move and need to call long distance? Wondering if a prepaid phone card is a good choice for you?
We asked the Federal Trade Commission to help us understand how prepaid phone cards work.
We Know: 8 Tips for Buying a Prepaid Phone Card
What’s a prepaid phone card?
When you buy a prepaid phone card, you are buying local or long distance telephone time in advance. These cards can be bought over the internet, at the grocery store, the post office and retail and convenience stores.
What are the advantages of a prepaid phone card?
Convenience. Prepaid cards are great for travelers, students, people who call long distance or overseas regularly, and people who do not have long distance service.
How do prepaid phone cards work?
Generally, when you buy a prepaid phone card, you’re given a card with a toll-free telephone number and a personal identification number (PIN). You call the toll free number, where you are prompted to enter your PIN number. After you enter the PIN number, you are prompted to enter the number you want to reach.
Each time you call, the computer which handles your call tells you how many minutes you have remaining on your card, so you know how long you can talk. Many phone cards can be recharged by calling the toll free number and giving a credit card number that can be billed for the purchase of additional minutes.
How do I get the best deal on a prepaid phone card?
You can shop smart with these simple tips: