personal

Blog

The main issues to encounter when calling international

 

Calling international is not so much of a burden, or even difficulty, compared to what it used to be a few decades ago but still, there could be some unpleasant details about it. As most of nowadays' facilities, calling international still requires a certain amount of investment from customers. Whether it is money or credit, or the time spent during the searching for a proper service, or even the stress that someone is subjected to, when something doesn't go as planned, it certainly is not free, and it is not something you can always attain as easy as an icecream and then just enjoy it fully. Some important factors that could influence someone's international calling experience are presented here.

 

Prices

 

The price is one of the most important elements, not only when buying an international calling service, but when buying almost anything else. In this case, varying from a region to another, prices can be a more or less important threat to your budget, but even the smallest ones are not to be neglected, especially if some other hidden fees or periodical taxes are applied along. Depending on where you wish to call, you might find something you could work with if you check Nalotel's offers and prices.

 

Connection and network problems

 

Many years have passed since the early stages of the internet and pretty much all the other networks and communication systems. It is funny to think that some decades ago, you had to connect your landline phone to the computer, and listen to the "song of its people", more or less, until the connection was established. And even after that, just loading a text website, or a forum, was packing a long waiting time. Not to mention the sites with pictures and clips: that time was certainly too early for youtube.

Furthermore, for those unfortunate enough to stumble across more complex content, such as flash, or even if they wanted to play games online, there was a trial of patience involved, or at least a waiting time, long enough to encourage the kids or adults to finnish whatever work and chores they had to do at that time, before sitting down to play that game. In this case, you pretty much had to wait for your pc to develop the whole game again as it was downloading it, or to "cook" it for you to enjoy, resulting in a waiting time that ranged from minutes to hours.

Nowadays it is easier, since someone could download and then send back an archive of 2000 pictures, or the video recording of an event, from different angles and points of view, in just a few minutes. Still, no type of networks, internet connections included, are immune to breakdown or issues that could render them useless, or at least temporarily unavailable. So the possibility of this happening, should be taken into account, when going somewhere far away, because if you need to make urgent calls, and the services are not working, or are unavailable, it could have unpleasant consequences. A countermeasure would be having multiple services active, some, acting as backup, but it may not be the cheapest option. Another insurance would be the multitude of companies and calling cards that are out there, and from which someone could choose, in case of an emergency, but still, without a proper documentation beforehand, that could be risky or costly.

So, even if you are not planning to use Nalotel, you could consider it as a backup option, since the credit you have in your account for the pay-per-minute services, does not expire, and there are also no monthly or periodical taxes applied to it. If your current service is failing you, there is the possibility for you to quickly get a virtual calling card or a service that you could use within minutes, just check the webside or if you have any questions, you may also call the customer service.

 

Availability

 

Nowadays, this issue is pretty much out of discussion, since in telecom, no pipes, oil and gears require changing and also, no complex or heavy welding has to be conducted from time to time. So basically, there is no need for physical intervention, unless anything breaks down ( e.g. - fried server, cut down or fallen cables - problems that usually occur during natural disasters, etc) and even if there is a need for that, the maintenance requiring to be done is not much of a haggle. Even during a server's maintenance, in some cases, the rest could temporarily take over its tasks.

In other words, this is something you souldn't worry about so much, or at all, since the phone companies already took care of it and have different ways to prevent such issues, it only remains as a small possibility for the worst cases.

 

Software or hardware malfunctions

 

It is universally known that all things, ranging from the biggest and bulkiest machineries, to the tiniest devices, may break at some point, or require some kind of fixing. In this case, depending on the complexity or the sturdiness of a device, it would require more or less effort, equipment, or components when someone's trying to repair it. Not to mention the time it takes, first to identify the problem and then to fix it.

Just as most of the physical things, the software is also made of some "pieces", that that are put together and work like the gears of a machine, theoretically. It isn't rare, that sometimes, softwares can become a real headache to deal with, especially when the coding is complex. Many different errors can pile up, and for some developing platforms, patching 1 error can even spawn 20 more and when those get fixed as well, or at least, an attempt is made, the whole thing crashes or becomes impossible to work with.

When it comes to calling cards, telecom services, or pretty much any service that requires a computer as platform, there is also the chance for various errors and malfunctions to appear.

 

Time restrictions

 

For those who were making calls during the last few decades, this should be a more familiar issue. Some companies used to apply time restrictions, possibly due to the big influx of calls, and the lack of means to process or route them. These restrictions were not as obvious, as they were mostly discounts for people when they made the calls after a certain time, or, conveniently, not durin the rush hours, mostly acting as a moderating measure so the systems don't get clogged. That, must have put people into pretty awkward situations when they wanted to talk with their friends without restrictions, such as waiting for midnight to make a cheaper or free call, or having to wake up at 4 AM for the same reason.

Nowadays, those kind of restrictions are pretty much gone, and what's left of them, is more of a security measure, than a moderating one. For example, sometimes, calls are automatically disconnected after a certain time, as to avoid losses when the hung up was not done properly.

It mostly depends on which phone company you are using: the restrictions or security measures may vary from a service to another, as well as from a company to another.

 

Various taxes and fees

 

An issue that is mostly specific to the calling cards you can buy from malls, stores, gas stations, etc, as there is the possibility to craftly add important details about the services and taxes, in some very small, illegible text. Since the mentions are made in such way, they are easily missed, and so, the hidden fees and taxes, can slip undetected and start nibbling on your credit.

Another factor could be the the sudden change of rates or even services, without any notice. While this practice is out of discussion for most companies, it sometimes occurs, leaving customers with increased rates or prices, without them even knowing about it.

Calling cards are not batteries but they sometimes act in such way. People may have noticed that if they leave a battery into some device over a longer period of time, it may lose power, even to the point of getting entirely consumed. The credit on the calling cards shouldn't act like this. For some, there are the periodical taxes, or monthly/weekly fees, that slowly take small amounts of the credit, so if the calling card is not used for long periods of time, the credit could be pretty much halved, or gone.

 

By using Nalotel's services, you could avoid most, if not all of those problems and you could also benefit of additional advantages, such as the possibility to test the services, referal bonuses, promotions, etc. Just see for yourself which of the available services is best suited for you and keep in mind that you don't have to worry about a contract, or long term obligations, you are just free to use it all as much as you need.