An avalanche of calling cards is available for everyone to buy from nearly everywhere on the territory of USA and Canada. Because of this, market monopoly shouldn't be a problem in this case, and it isn't? While the big problem is pretty much out of discussion, this leaves somehow, room for other smaller issues. Despite of how many options are there to choose from, most providers are still following an unchanged set of rules and practices which may influence people's experience when using those cards. A couple of elements should also be taken into account when getting a calling card.
It is like a minigame to check through the small text for “clues and details” about all the possible and impossible taxes that are applied on the calling cards. As little as those cards are, and with such a small monetary value carried by them, one would think that its not even worth the effort of scamming people through taxes, on a $10 credit. But they did it, they added taxes for pretty much everything they could, and when they ran out of options to tax, they added new types of fees: the rounding-up. Basically it means that you call 1 or less that a minute, and you are charged for three, five and even eight minutes. At this rate, as they “try” to keep up, the calling cards revolution might lead to situations where people just get taxed for looking at them, or for considering purchasing them. Leaving the joke aside, it is just ridiculous how people lose a big part of their calling credit in such ways.
Because of the restriction that some cards have for some countries, you need to be careful and always check it. Also, you may compare the prices of different cards to be sure you get the best deal, since there are so many options to choose from.
If reliability is an important factor for you then, make sure to pick the most renown brands, since most are maintaining the quality levels, in accordance with their reputation. Due to so many companies throwing bad services on the market, you are adviced to also do a serious research, in order to make a good choice and not end up with low-quality services. Barely being able to hear the person you are calling, having your calls randomly disconnected, or simply not being able to connect in the first place, can be pretty frustrating, especially when there is an emergency, or you really need to dial someone.
Given the opportunities that are now given by the internet, you may easily access all kind of informational resources on pretty much anything. Calling cards are not an exception, there are countless of reviews out there for everyone to check before getting clogged by some bad services or unreliant investition. There is also the possibility of finding out beforehand, whether a certain calling card should be avoided, by reviews and warnings that other users have left.
If none of those calling cards seem to be fit for you, then you may try the alternative that our company brings on the table: an app designed for your smartphone that could be easily downloaded for Android and iOS in just a few seconds. The app's called Nalo and the blue emblem makes it easy to recognise. The bother of having to always visit the store is gone, since through our app, you could also check and manage your balance becouse you will hear it every time you call. The chat and video-calling, are some other features you could try if you decide to use it.
An apparently cheap calling card could not be the best option, so always make sure to check the small prints on it for the whole detailed description of how the taxes are applied. The possibility of finding better services is there, since more and more user-focused domains and forums are started to emerge out there on the internet.
The constant strive for market supremacy that Android and Apple's iOS bring on the table, brought them both into a state of tense advancement towards the latest and finest technological development. Android turns out to be a real challenger for Steve Jobs' company with a prospering app store. In terms of SMS/text/chat, some of the most popular brands kept up (due to constantly being adapted and changed along with the consumers' demands and needs) and were not pushed aside, but contrary, are still gaining teritory. As always, there are also new “kids” in the neighborhood. Here we are going to take a look upon those top apps.
Starting out as an original VoIP platform, Skype managed to gradually beef up until nowadays, becoming one of the most renown calling and texting apps worldwide. Its version for Android makes instant messaging very easy, almost anywhere. The app also provides a variety of favorable rates (for most locations) on international SMS and texts.
The google giant, didn't seem to forget about this type of communication, giving their fans an app that is easily integrated with the Gmail account and G-chat. Additionally, one may receive an unique Google Voice number. Taking into account unlimited and free group messaging, SMS and text messages, people usually need a trial period before taking any decision, as there are still some bugs to be fixed. A disadvantage would be that the app is US-locked, however, its availability may be widened during 2017-2018, as some rumors say.
Despite arriving into the battle later than Skype or Google Voice, What'sApp quickly climbed among the global leaders in terms of texting. The level of customization that WhatsApp proudly brings on the table (many emoticons, multimedia messages, adding/changing a converstation's wallpaper, editing the title in group messaging and many more) enabled it to be one of the best and most used apps for Android. The economic factors also did not have a negative impact and for less than a dollar/year the What'sApp seems to be something that more and more people use. A small hidrance may be that in order to talk with people through this app, both sides must have it installed, but since it is used by an increasing amount of people, the issue is not such a big one.
Another VoIP app that also allows group chat with 40 people at most, along with the usual texting, is Viber. With the help of a Wi-Fi network, Viber users may benefit from free texting and calls. The app is mostly used for calling but as a nice addition to it, comes the texting capability.
For those who simply want privacy, this Android app may come in handy. The fact that it requires a password to be set before using it, and its capability to encrypt text, makes it very popular among people who don't want their informations, conversations, preferences to be snatched by the “big brother” kind of companies, for more or less ethic reasons. If not for that, simply having their messages spied (by geeky relatives, but not only), or just the thought of it, could be unpleasant for some, which makes TextSecure very useful. Furthermore, the recent disclosures that Edward Snowden made, about the weariness of data security, and the almost non-existent privacy on some “crowded” parts of the internet, must have had an impact in boosting this app's renown. The shock was not big for the larger number of consumers, however, there are also those that always welcome some more security than the mainstream level.
Go on and see for yourself which of these texting/SMS/calling apps, that are available on Android, is more suited for you, instead of dishing out money to your phone operator, for international and local communication. Don't forget to also check our own app: Nalo, that provides reasonable services and efficient ways for you to call international. It can be downloaded for free, from app store and magazine play in just a few seconds and it may be used right away. Additionally, because it requires just a small amount of resources, it won't slow your phone down.
Beware the services you are using when calling international via cell phone because you might have unpleasant surprises when the bill arives. Because of the usual taxes or simply just the price of a call abroad, using apps becomes an increasingly spreading habit of people nowadays. And due to being easier to use, more handy and furthermore, free, along with all the advertising, support and development they receive, apps are quickly gaining more and more territory each year.
When using a phone company, such as AT&T, Nalotel, Sprint and Verizon, someone that wants to call international has a few options to choose from. One of them is the pay-per-minute option, which applies the charge, deppending, from a country's rate to another. Some other, would be to choose a monthly plan, which lowers the rate per minute, but also brings in a fixed payment, without the possibility of paying less if calling less. There is however, the option of combining a plan with the rate, in order to avoid the effort of managing two separate services. This is mainly useful for those who call very often, but not only.
With Nalotel, you may have both options active at the same time: a credit, that does not expire, to use when calling anywhere, and also a fixed plan for the longer type of calls that you would make with your loved ones, friends, etc.
For people who are newly settled in a foreign country, calling cards seem to be a good option, due to the lack of information and trust they have for the phone companies and services available there. What many don't know is that, such cards could be very expensive, mainly due to a practice that is widely spread among providers, and can be more or less costly, depending on the region. This trick they play on custommers is the minute-rounding and it can go from the usual increment of one minute, to three, five and even eight. Combining this with the additional pick-up, hung up, and the other taxes that are craftily set, the people calling, are always charged more, therefore, they use less of the credit they paid for. The client's option would be to carefully read all the details and specifications when buying one of these cards.
With Nalotel's cards, which are electronic, and can be easily obtained with a simple call, such trouble, with the over-taxing, but not only, could easily be avoided.
Last but not the least option, would be the using of an app for making your calls. While Skype, Google Voice, Viber and Vonage, and many others, are all having apps for cell phones, Nalotel comes with their own app for Android and iOS. With this app, any registered customer could easily access their credit, and make international calls, by being charged according to the their plan/rates. If those you call have the Nalo app installed as well, by using any kind of internet connection (data or wifi), you may dial them for free.
Whether you are using this or that, or some other means for calling international, the quality is an important element that should be taken care of. This includes a series of factors like drop rate of calls, the connection stability and integrity. So no matter how cheap a service would be, if those requirements are not met, it is not worh at all. And that's why Nalotel is trying to provide the best price-quality raport.
If you ever called internationally, you must have discovered by now that it implies a constant strive between finding the proper prices with a fair stability. Considering the avalanche of options that are available now, one would even feel overwhelmed at first, contrary to the previous decades' telecom situation, when it was much harder and more expensive to communicate with someone not only abroad but even locally. Despite those barriers being gone nowadays, the risk of ridiculous bills and crippling stress levels, still exists. In that case, how may one avoid such trouble?
SIM card: Usually available for good prices, these may also be used to call international. For using them however, your phone needs a free SIM slot, meaning that you will need to replace the current one. Either this, or getting a side-phone just to call international, could work, unless you have a dual SIM phone, which, in this case would turn out to be a more handy solution. Just as the usual SIMs, the one used for international calls, carries a balance, and the user may choose when, or how much to recharge, deppending on their preferences or needs.
SIM cards may be purchased from Lebara, Lycamobile and many more.
A downside may be that it requires your phone to be unlocked.
Apps: Composed of scripts and electrical impulses, apps are software additions that you may download for your smartphone. As soon as it is acquired, an app may have your contacts imported from your phone list, or some other sources. It usually requires the user to have a credit from which their calls could be charged, but with Nalo, one may call for free, if the other person has it installed as well. For using it however, you need to be connected to the internet, which nowadays, is a less and less bothering issue.
Apps: Skype, Nalo
Here we're going to take a look at which of them could provide a most satisfying reliability, because no one would pick an option if the quality level is less than decent, no matter how cheap it is. Even free options are quickly discarded if they become a reason of headaches.
Since they emerged and starded developing, apps quickly gained territory through their availability and the easiness with which they may be acquired. Just a few taps and swipes now and you may download any app from the internet. They also constantly change enabling them to receive fixes and improvements, this also, placing them further ahead. Another factor, is simply the aspect of the market nowadays, that focuses on convenience. For exaple, sometimes is more comfortable and quicker to just get an app online, than get to a nearby store and buy a SIM. Due to the effort and attention that is given to them, apps also are more likely to receive reviews and all kind of promoting, for free. More and more services nowadays seem to also focus on being less repressive, by avoiding binding elements, such as contracts or agreements.
If you have a phone that is network-locked, using another SIM card may be impossible, and even if it isn't locked, constant switching between the two cards could be a bother.
Some people choose the option of using two phones, each designed for basic use and international calling respectively, however, taking care of two phones, might also become an issue (carrying, charging them etc.) Its been said that some dual-SIM smartphones are being worked on, and some other seem to already be out for sale, statistics though, only seem to favor them in the Eastern territories.
Overall, SIMs just seem to be more of a physical and mental burden than the apps, and they also receive less support on mostly all levels, so obviously, the apps are winning.
The constant hunger for money that became an ordinary display on pretty much all the markets, also comes with a self-regulating element: the competition. As new providers join in with the same product, each of them drops the prices and even more, they strive for better quality. So in other words, competition just acts as a boost on productivity, that also works in the favor of the consumer, supposedly.
Some statistic data, provided information about how much easier is, for a company that uses the internet as well, such as Nalotel, to provide prices that are much cheaper than what SIM cards bring on the table.
The prices alone should be a fair-enough factor for you to consider using our services, instead of the SIM cards. But if that still isn't enough, there is also the quick review you might consider as well.
A common fact nowadays, is that calling internationally is not quite cheap. Its not hard to understand that dialing from a corner of the world to anothey may be a bit costly. The trick however, is that such calls are not expensive for the phone companies, which brings in quite a big profit, especially when adding a margin of ninety percent, as the majority of them does.
Because of this, Nalotel is trying to make things easier for us by introducing the Nalo app. The way it works is pretty handy due to its possibility to call app-to-app or app-to-cellphone/landline.
All you need is an internet connection, that can be easily obtained through the now increasingly spread wifi signals. Nalo app can be downloaded on either Android devices or iphones' iOS and just like Skype or Viber, you may reach anyone for free, if they have it installed as well. Additionally, if you want to call someone that doesn't have it installed (home phones, cellphone brands without Android/iOS), connection is not restricted, instead, you may use your available credit to call directly through Nalo, just as dialing from a device to another.
The rates that Nalotel provides for most countries are very cheap, so you could call from USA to Europe, Middle East or even further, just like you'd be calling your neighbor across the street.
The aim of this kind of services it to make Nalotel customers be less dependant on their phone companies or other communication moguls, mostly by providing some more flexibility when they try to reach their beloved ones around the world or mainly when trying to connect with anyone that is far away.
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:
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!
It can be such a headache to call internationally, and due to the quality risks and the financial burden, it can get even worse.
That's why, some crafty fellows turned towards alternative means, such as Facebook, Skype, Tango, Viber, WhatsApp, etc. Those however, are tied to the internet, so in the absence of any wifi signal or decent data reserves, they are unable to reach their party and if we consider the connection issues or the breakdowns as well, it can get quite painful, especially when there are events that require an immediate connectivity. Another inconvenience could be the cases when the person that you are trying to reach doesn't have a smartphone. Landlines could be called through some apps too, but with such a high expense, that some may prefer saving up some calls to buy the plane tickets and talk face-to-face. Calling cards are still alive and kicking, and provide a better way to call both landlines and smartphones, their quality over apps being matched by their prices.
The international calling monopoly should be reduced, so people get a square part on prices.
Meet Nalotel, an American company designed to bring its customers the best international calling services along with more than fairly-priced quality and reliability. After over a decade and half of experience in providing telecom services, the constant innovation and improvement that had been attained and the strive to work in the favor of the custommers, enabled Nalotel to reach a balanced and reasonable way of providing the most favorable prices for their custommers.
Because of this, in order to keep the pace going with the advancing communication industry, Nalotel provides a mean for unlimited calling along with the other services, keeping good rapports in the quantity/price formula. So, for unlimited international calling with so many countries, there is a $32.99 price, this including a free VoIP phone, without the need to pay additional taxes. For some countries, like Romania, Canada, India and China, but not only, you may also call to mobile phones, along the usual landline devices. Furthermore, this also includes the call-back service on any plan.
The telecom industry is seen as a goldmine because the possibility to make huge incomes through margins that orbit around eighty percent. For someone who talks 2000+ minutes per month, Nalotel's rate would mean less than $0.015 per minute, becoming almost an insignificant price when you are talking to your relatives and friends abroad. Furthermore if you are not talking that much but you still want to get a fair price, our other plans are cheap enough so you wouldn't feel a difference between calling internationally and simply calling someone in your state. For example, a plan for Romania would give you 500 minutes for both cellphone and landline for just $6.5 per month, this meaning $0.013 per minute, or if you'd like 1000 cellphone and landline minutes, it'll be just $12.40, this means less than $0.013 per minute.
Whether you want to use Nalotel's services with an access code, through the VoIP phone, or from your smartphone via Nalo app, both the prepaid credit or the plans are available for you to use as you please. Because of the instability and the issues that most of the communication apps have, they are not much recommended for important matters, when you need to have some more stability and a flawless, or at least decent signal.
There have been so many innovations nowadays that no domain is left without a representative name, or more. Skype, and WhatsApp seemed to seize the market with a continous advancement in providing peer to peer calling and video-calling services. Spotify made for themselves a reputation in the music industry. So what Nalotel is trying to do, is to provide a flexible alternative, and the way our app works is pretty convenient.
Over the years, our app has proven to be really useful, mainly because you may use it to call anyone for free, if they have it installed. If they don't, you may also dial app-to-cellphone/landline and the charge is applied according to the rates for that region, either from your credit, that does not expire, or using the minutes you receive from your plan.
The way it works is pretty simple: just as with an access code, your phone company will only see you as dialing locally, so the payment will be according to that, and because almost everyone has now unlimited calls in the USA, there will be no problem. In order to make sure there's no unpleasant surprise for you when the phone bill arrives, we're making sure you get the best access code in your area. So, considering this all, the only extra payment that you'd need to make for an international call, would be around $0.02, varying from a region to another.
Another advantage is that there're no additional taxes you'd have to worry about, the only tax that we perceive, is twenty percent of the total amount, so, no other hidden fees. This needed to be more transparently displayed, because there are many cases when people can't make use of their full credit. For example, when people buy a calling card, just like any other grocery, from a random shop, there are sometimes a couple of hidden taxes (for dial, and even for hung up) and in the end, they don't get to talk the amount they paid for.
Nalotel offers services for international calling in over 200 countries, so it is most likely that you'd find a reasonable plan, and in the future, there's the possibility of even more options and plans to be added, so all of the custommers could call anywhere.
The app has been designed so it could be easily accessed from your smartphone, whether it works with Android or iOS. All you have to do is download and install it, from magazine-play or app store, and then, for security reasons, and as an authentication, you'll be required to enter the numeric user and password. After that, it's ready to go and you may try its features anytime. The interface has been designed in such manner that it is simple and easy to navigate. Even the colors, white and blue, should add to the esthetic level of the app. While you are using the app, you have the keys on the main screen, that are designed so you could comfortably enter the number you want to call. No more access codes are needed to be typed in before it.
Some more options of the app are displayed right on the screen, accessible and handy. Through Nalo, video-calling is also possible, and if leaving written messages to be seen later is your preference, you may use app's chat. If you want to check the history of your calls and details about them, Nalo also provides this option.
Accessibility is an important factor, so the options of this app are designed in such way that it is simple, making it easy to work with.