Military calling cards
War is a reality that still lingers nowadays, into certain parts of the world. While the main parts of it have been excluded from the modern society, or at least it seems so, there are still countries and places that are still shaken by this destructive phenomenon. Because of this, some countiries are seemingly sending their aid, meaning that they get to try and help the warring areas, at the cost of exposing their own soldiers to different risks, in dangerous environments, while also sending them away from their beloved ones.
Because of this, the appreciation for those who volunteer themselves, or who are doing their service into the army, does not cease to appear, ranging from different prizes, medals, ranks and social advantages, in compensation to the hard duty that they are doing or have already done. Military calling cards are among the small facilities, to help them while being far away from home.
Features and usage of the military calling cards
Different options are available from different sources, and it is all up to everyone to choose what is best suited for them. There can also be some tricky details about the military calling cards that you should consider:
If you buy the calling cards online, there are chances you get a better price, in comparison with those sold in stores, malls, etc.
A calling card that is commonly available in military bases' vending machines, at the USO Centers and online through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, is the type sold by AT&T, the Global Prepaid card.
There is also the risk of meeting huge charge gaps, as the rates for various cards, can fluctuate depending on the phone type you are calling from, so make sure to check that as well. That is not the case with Nalotel however, as the military calling cards provided have rates that vary only according to the type of phone you call to, not the phone you call from.
Minute-rounding is still a practice even here, so just make sure to check it carefully as it can exceed the standard value of 1 minute.
Another type of fee, the charge-per-use, can again drain from your calling credit, so in this case, an alternative could be to buy a couple of disposal smaller cards, so they can be used in one go.
Something else than calling cards
Here's where VoIP comes into the discussion again. Making use of it through various apps, like Skype, Nalo, magicApp, MizuDroid, Signal Private Messenger, Whats app, Google Voice, Tango and so on, can be a way to keep in touch. With most of those, not only talking but also seeing eachother is possible, which can add a little bit more to the good feeling of hearing from family and friends, back home.
Military calling cards from Nalotel
If you buy a Nalotel military calling card you can benefit of competitive rates and some more features that the usual calling cards might not have. Some of them are:
possibility to refill online in just a few minutes
prepaid services, which exclude the risk of huge bills if you get carried away while calling the more costly destinations.
Also through your account you can set up a speed dial for up to 10 numbers, and check your call history as well.
It is really easy to get started with Nalotel, and as soon as you are done, you can make use of all the features and services available, according to your own needs and preferences.
Android apps to call through wi-fi
By now Android and the apps designed for it seem to be the most popular, mainly due to the various developement possibilities and the open character of it, which allows developers to work freely with it, without many restrictions, and so, to make improvements.
So many to choose from
There are so many apps lurking around the online domain and while the app store and magazine-play gain more and more attention, there's also a growing interest into investing further resources on them. Lately, they managed to make apps for pretty much anything: exercising, socialising, organising time, gambling, eating, sleeping, relaxing, going on trips, doing any sort of artistic work, shopping, establishing long distance relationships/partnerships, etc; and since it is also just so easy, no wonder that calling international, is just among the targets.
Whether they are from official developing teams, in different companies or corporations, or just freelancing independent programmers, the apps are there and they just get increasingly complex as well. Tell a skeptical person from 20 years ago that in some time, people would actually be able to date real.... illusions, on a little screen, just shaped electrical impulses; or be able to see and talk with their beloved ones, despite being miles away, for decades or even a lifetime; and a laugh, or a strange look would most likely be the answer. Now, it is actually happening, technology is taking over, some are pro, some are against it, the results, or maybe the consequences, are yet to be seen. The apps gained a head start, and their impact on the daily life of many humans, is strikingly visible.
Android marched ahead of iphone
So far, the accessibility and inexpensiveness that Android brought into battle, earned them the advantage in numbers, since many seem to prefer Android phones over the iphones. Also open character of Android OS allows many more to freely work with it, with less restrictions, which means a wider range of options, improvements and possibilities.
The thread on which they tread
If you want to download, watch or play something, you can most likely find it on the internet, and to reach it, you need to connect to it, so the basic way to get linked with the network, in the context of wireless devices, is the wi-fi.
By now, without an internet connection, many devices are basically "dead" or most of their functions are limited, hindered or shut down, so the wi-fi is actually very much like a spider-web on which "they" hang and do their things. Imagine a day without internet in the world: panic, sadness, chaos, possibly mass depression, which is surprisingly obvious in showing how dependant on it we have become, even during our casual daily lives.
Do not despair though, the roots of this all are quite deep and it would take quite strong winds to take them out, so mainly, it seems to be something that brings a little more assurance onto the table.
Not just stability but diffusion as well
As the demand grows, people need to "hang" onto the internet connections more and more, and while this happens, it encouraged and sustained the the wi-fi connections, to "multiply" and spread on a wider area of the modern world, making the use of apps, an easy and accessible element of the modern society.
If you are using Android, just as if you have an iphone, there is a wide range of apps for you to choose from, for international calling, such as Viber, Skype, Nalo, Google Voice, etc.
Most of their capabilities and features are similar and various, while each of them has their own particularities and means of personalization.
Nalo provides a simple way to call landlines and cellphones, as well as free app-to-app services and additional features, such as chat and video-call, while it can be easily downloaded from app store or magazine play.
Free calls through internet
Think of all the uses that the internet can have, especially now, when so many pieces of hardware are supporting it. Along the fact that we can just "program" our lives into an alternative environment: online, so we can make use of the available tools, we can also use this web network to communicate, more or less efficiently. Since the internet has a much wider availability and it is cheaper (or even free), the calls made through Voice over IP are also cheaper and can be free as long as you have an unlimited internet subscription or at least a decent amount of data or some other connectivity means, such as wi-fi networks.
VoIP's gaining territory
If all people were the same, this world would be pretty boring and maybe sadder too. That's why, as everything diversifies around us, new demands and needs emerge as well, some being more or less justified, others even tending towards the absurd. Domains with high expansion potential, such as the telecom industry, are usually among the "juiciest" of the targets, as they can generate and fuel various types of issues, limited only by customers' imagination. Taking that into account, logic becomes an optional factor and so, all kind of trouble starts to appear: conflicts, groundless expectations and silly kind of questions, such as: Does VoIP work if my battery is dead? Does VoIP work if I dropped my phone into a volcano? Does VoIP work if my neighbor keeps stealing my garden gnomes/decorations? Can VoIP cure world hunger? The answer for those is no, yet for many other questions regarding VoIP and its reliance, availability and low costs, it could be yes.
Usual phone calls require to be routed and sent through some nodes, relays, satelites, etc. which is not the cheapest, especially if the calls need to be sent on long distances, such as: over the oceans or from a country to another. Through the internet, it is different – so, much cheaper, so the costs are cut down as well.
Services on low maintenance
By now, pretty much everyone has an internet subscription of some kind, and with the opening that phone companies made as well, through the new services that also provide fast internet, being able to connect to the global network is no longer a difficulty, but it has actually became a common facility.
Because of that, many apps have been and are still being designed so they just go in tandem with it. For example, skype allows the calling to many other destinations, whether they are landline or mobile phones, for certain costs. The calls between its users are free.
It is very well known and many people are using it to keep in touch, mostly via PC, but mobile phones are catching up as well.
There are different cases when someone would have multiple communication apps installed, for example, WhatsApp, Tango, Nalo, Facebook and Skype, all on the same phone, in order to keep in touch with a group of acquaintances, friends, coleagues, etc., and also to cut down the costs for international calling a little.
Nalotel, provides simple alternatives
For any of the needs you may have in terms of international or long distance, or even local calling, there should be a service suited for you, provided by Nalotel.
One of them could be the app, called Nalo that offers the possibility to call via the internet, which allows free app-to-app calling, just as the others and per-minute charges for the other calls, or a monthly calling plan.
Connectivity over the Atlantic
The opportunities that are brought by the USA, and the cultural and historical richness of the European space, makes their inhabitants very likely to move between them, making something very close to unseen links or strings between the two continents. Many people from Europe, but not only, are "fleeing" towards a better life, as they believe it to be, just as some americans are simply falling in love with the Europe, and tend to visit so often, that eventually, some end up settling down for good, into some of this locations. Because of that, they still need to keep in touch with whoever they knew back at home, so, among the many options they have, there is also the classic phone call.
Sometimes just better
Just as the railroads, landlines do not seem to get old, as their particular use remains unchanged. When using them to call, there are some notable advantages, which still stand out as helpful alternatives for people, in spite of the fact that they are not considered to be"in accordance" with the tendencies of the age.
One would be the stability. Instead of having to rummage through your things in search of your phone when you need to make an important call, or actually get the scare that you lost that expensive new phone, when it's just in a forgotten pocket; all you have to do is to get to where your actual phone is, and do what you need to do. It is much like the fridge or the washing machine: it doesn't easily move somewhere else, winning in terms of reliance at home. Also, no worries about the batteries, unless it is a wireless type, which again, is ready and charged in most cases, since it just stands on the "base" if its not needed.
During a long conversation, it is again more convenient to have a simple handset, that you can hold however you like, while lying down on a bed/sofa; than risk to have your head microwaved throughout longer periods of time, by your cellphone, which is not only emitting a mild, but actually a strong amount of radiation during intensive usage.
Apart from those technical details, one more factor is simply an individual's own preferences, which usually seems to have the greatest influence when making the choice. Many people have that friend who just gets lost in an antique store, and doesn't leave there without at least one new souvenir. In this case, it is almost certain that they would prefer a fancy vintage phone, which would just add to the classy atmosphere at home. Also, many families still have a home phone, whether it is because they actually need it, or simply due to the "traditional" habit of just owning one for the house. So no matter if they use it daily or scarcely make a call once in a few months, it is there, and it is ready.
Since novelty usually comes with a matching price, calling to landline is also cheaper. Phone companies like AOL, Virgin Mobile and BT, tried to keep up by lowering the prices. Even calling international is cheaper for landlines, so it becomes a big deal, especially when it involves constant and/or long calls.
Nalotel also provides small rates for calling landlines in Europe, Usa, Asia, and almost all the other regions.
Reaching the cell-phones/smartphones
Of course, using a cell-phone has it's advantages too, one of the most important being that it doesn't hinder the mobility, making it more suited for those who are traveling, or simply need to call on the go, on on the street, at work, in parks, etc; or just when they are not at home.
Whether it is for Europe, Asia, Australia, USA/Canada, etc, there is always a solution, and a price if you want to call a cellphone.
One trick to call for free
If neither of the other options feel suited for you, or are still too expensive, there is this one as well: VoIP. It lets anyone connected to a network to call for free without much trouble, except for the fact that in most cases, the users need to use a certain software in order to establish the connection.
Apps are available for pretty much any internet-related business, this including international calls. Many of them are free and provide free services, with an option to pay for more, such as Skype, Nalo, Fring, etc.
If you are using Nalo to call landlines in European countries, such as England, Romania, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Estonia etc, the rate for calling those who do not have the app installed, through the app, is around two cents per minute, and there are chances that you find suited rates for mobile as well.
It's all around you
What? The internet of course: it just managed to evade the constraint of the classic wires and circuits that harbored it in the first place, and now its almost everywhere: through all those devices that generate and connect to the network. Even the name: www – "world wide web" is strikingly accurate.
During the early years of cellphones, their main use was that of letting people talk from mostly anywhere, regardless of distance. Along with the price for the phone, there was also a price, in accordance with how much someone called or was intending to call. Now, it is not hard to get it that there are some ways for you to call for free, or at least cheaper.
To pay for data or to pay for minutes?
By now, when you get an iphone, it is most likely that you also receive a data plan, with additional costs applied if you exceed the provided amount. Considering all the updates that are made, for your programs and games and even the updates for the updating software, operating system, or that really expensively designed AI, that allows people to actually interact with their phone to a certain extent, sometimes with more or less satisfying results, since it tends to get sarcastic, or the requests/settings that people make, are followed a bit too strictly; there is a big possibility of finding a depleted data reserve, if, for example, your updates decide to trigger all at once, and you're not connected to wi-fi, and certain settings are not made.
If the updates don't eat up all your data, there is still a chance that when, you arrive in a place that is sure to have wi-fi, and you just start minding your own business on the internet, only to be later met by a surprise phone bill. It is not hard to rack up huge costs, just imagine you start to carelessly surf the internet, watching all that new hits on HD quality, and too late you realized that the wi-fi was off and your data plan was being used. Furthermore, since the 4G allows many more megabytes to "slip" undetected, there is the chance that you spend 1 or more GB in a single trip to the cafe.
Advantages of calling through wi-fi
Wi-fi calling allows you to use the internet for your calls, with the help of a software, so in some cases, there won't even be a need for you to have a SIM card in your phone, or actual phone services active. That can be considered an advantage, however, it also makes you reliant on the internet.
So, if your phone can make such calls, why not use them to lower the costs?
It's just there in the air
If wi-fi signals would be causing pain, a majority of the modern society's people would be agonizing, since they are everywhere! Soon, according to some projects, even some of the street lighting could be a source of wi-fi. Some buses already have it, and cafe's and parks are getting undoubtledly "covered" by those as well.
So good news if you are using VoIP or any other internet-related means, to stay in touch.
A wider calling range for smaller prices
The habit of using those apps to surf the internet, play, draw, share interests, etc., is clearly spreading as a notable percentage of people are using smartphones. Since getting an app is so easy, why not use them for calls as well. Nalotel provides free app-to-app services, which can come in really handy when you need to stay in touch, long term, without worrying about spending any money. All you have to do is to download Nalo, from magazine play or app store, install it, and voila! Free (or cheaper) calls. Even if you want to reach someone who doesn't have the app installed, you can just use the international calling rates that Nalorel provides, and keep the costs in check.