Most prepaid phone cards expire 90 days after
first use, although it may be as few as 60 or as many as 180.
If you are uncertain how quickly you will use your
phone cards, then you should buy one that has a low
denomination. Most cards come in $5 denominations. Because of monthly
service fees, it's usually better to buy a low denomination card
While most prepaid phone cards round to the next
whole minute, some round to multiple minutes, and some round to
seconds. Seconds-rounding is usually reserved for services that bill
you monthly. (They need something to brag about.) and it doesn't help
the customer much anyway.
With six-second rounding, if you make long calls
(and use prepaid phone cards suited to long calls), then you would save
an average of one-half minute at the end of each call. Since you make
the fewest number of calls on a long call card this adds up to very
little time for you. For instance, six-second rounding for
eight calls would provide a mere four minutes of extra talk time—the
equivalent of less than 15¢.
Six-second rounding is non-existent on short-call
cards. Why? Because you make many calls on a short call card. Were you
to make forty calls on a short call card, six-second rounding would
give you an additional twenty minutes of call time. Ain't gonna happen,
So keeping in mind that 6-secord billing only
applies to long-call cards, and that it saves you little money.
Six-second rounding is more of a marketing tool than a customer benefit.
Multi-minute rounding (e.g. 3-minute rounding) is
a different story. Talking in 3- or 6-minute increments can be
inconvenient, but getting the benefit of a low per-minute rate is worth
the effort of managing your talk time.
Despite rounding, our rates are still excellent.
For instance, consider a card for calling Mexico that charges 8¢ per
minute, with 6-minute rounding. Sounds bad, but think of it instead as
a 6-minute call for 48¢. That is only 10¢ more than a local payphone
call within the USA!
Phone companies figure that you are not going to
see two minutes disappear from each call. But they don't know GBS
By the way, if you use all your minutes in a
single call, you'll get the value of all your
minutes, regardless of multi-minute rounding.
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