The overpricing of WalMart phone cards
Losing touch with the loved ones when they move far away, seems to be something most people dread nowadays, even while they still have so many options available for keeping in touch. A mean that seems to give a good cost-reliance raport, and is so easily picked by anyone from nearly all stores, is the phone card. According to the feedback it receives however, and as it most oftenly happens in marketing nowadays, but not only, appearances are misguiding. This case is not an exception.
Calling cards sold at WalMart are mostly network-tied. No exception made by StraightTalk, TracPhone, T-Mobile, Verizon and many more. So buying one of these cards might not be such a good idea, if you intend to use them outside their valid network.
Other phone cards sold at WalMart come with additional options, as well as additional charge, compared to the usual ones, that only provide text and minutes, or the pay-per-minute cards. Before buying one, make sure to check all of its available options, since even the dialing might be more expensive.
With some calling carts, you could could still call from any phone, however, at such a price, that its not worth, unless there's a real emergency or in a desperate situation. Also, as if it wasn't enough that it may cost around 8 cents per minute, it also drains your calling plan minutes. But wait, there's more! Hidden fees and all kind of charges that are applied to most calling cards, makes it so you benefit from much less than the amount you paid for.
Another issue with phone cards could be the easiness or the rate at which they apply "minute-rounding". Deppending on the state, it can be more or less spicy. Here is some statistic data:
- DC, IL, IN, MA, NM, RI, TX, USVI : every minute used is charged separately.
- AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PR, SC, TN, UT, WI, WV: charge applied every 3 minutes.
- AK, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, MN, MT, NC, NH, OK, PA, VA, VT, WA, WY: if you don't speak amounts of time that are multiples of 5, it is going to cost you extra!
- ND, SD, MO: here the round up goes to 8 minutes, so only a short call to exchange informations, or the mailbox answer, or even an accidental call, could cost you as much as a small/medium conversation.
Easier to use, for a cheaper price
Undoubtlely, the smartphone technologies brought new opportunities and easened some aspects of our existence. So with apps like Skype, Google Voice, Tango and Nalo you could easily dial right away, with just some taps and swipes, without all the ridiculous taxes that the calling cards carry.
Take a look at Nalo: it provides access for you to call international, without any hidden fee, rounding up, or bulk-charging. The rates that Nalotel provides are also fairly placed so you wouldn't be frowning when you check your balance after a long call. Beware the tricks that are being played on you through the calling cards, or simply avoid them by trying out Nalo, right from your app store or magazine-play!