Thursday, June 15, 2006

Call Mexico For Half a Cent a Minute

My jaw dropped when I saw the calling rates for these International prepaid phone cards. Yeah, you can call Mexico from the U.S. for 0.5 cents a minute and lots of other places too. How about rates under a penny a minute to Russia, Peru, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, South Korea and Brazil. Australia is 1.3 cents a minute. Japan is 1.5. For just a bit more you can call India for 5.2 cents a minute, Philippines for 6.3, and even Iraq for 2.5 cents a minute.

What's going on here? Are these rates for real? Do I have to sit and make calls on my computer?

NO. This is not computer telephony. You won't be plugging a headset into your computer. You use a real landline or your cell phone. You can even use a payphone or your office phone away from home.

YES. These rates are for real, but you need to pay close attention to what you are buying to get the best deal.

What I'm writing about are prepaid international calling cards with cheap rates that are better than you've probably seen in stores or kiosks. They're available online with a Cognigen service called SpeedyPin. SpeedyPin has collected all the best rate prepaid phone cards and made them easy for you to find and order. You just pick the best one for your needs, place your order online and get your PIN instantly by email.

Ah, the magic is in the PIN. We call these "calling cards" but they're actually virtual calling cards. In other words, you don't have to wait for a piece of plastic to arrive in the mail. You get a toll free number to call and a PIN number that is your unique account. After you call and enter your PIN number, you can then dial the number you want and begin your conversation.

Lets see how this works. I went to the Cognigen SpeedyPin page and clicked on Mexico. The 0.5 cents rate is offered for calls to Mexico City and Monterey. Other cities have differing rates, but you can get a card to call all of Mexico as low as 2.8 cents a minute. In fact, there are six different cards available at rates form 2.8 to 8 cents a minute.

So why the differences and how do you choose. Different cards have different terms as well as different rates. Some have service fees that are charged typically twice a month. They may also have connect fees and different rounding times. In this case you can get rounding up to the next full minute of the call or the next 3 minutes.

Which card you pick depends on how you are going to use it. If you are going to make many short calls, 1 minute rounding can save you money. So will picking a card that has low or no connect and service fees. On the other hand, if you are going to make a few or just a single long call, then the cheapest per minute rate may be the most important item.

If you intend to make a call, then not make any more for awhile, you should be aware of card expirations. They typically start when you place the first call. After 30 to 90 days, the card expires. Some cards can be recharged, which extends the expiration time for another 1 to 3 month period. If you want a service that doesn't expire, you'll be better off with a billable calling card.

Are you excited about these ultra low rate phone calls from regular telephones? Go ahead and check out the Cognigen SpeedyPin International Calling Card service. Click on any of the countries shown, or use the Calling Card Rate Finder to select the country you are calling from and the country you are calling to. Then select the card that's best for you.

You should know that SpeedyPin has many helpful FAQs, phone support if you need it, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee that the products will work as advertised.

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