Pre-Paid Wireless Cards, What’s The Big Deal?

Pre-paid wireless phone cards have certain popularity. You buy a certain cell phone set, and then you just buy the cards when you need to talk in the amount of minutes when needed. You don’t need a credit card, or a social security card. It has a certain attraction for those who want to be anonymous or have temporary relationships.

Prepaid Phone Cards - The Definitive User's Guide

It also has an obvious usefulness for the criminal element. When you stop buying minutes, that’s when the service terminates. You can lower your communication costs somewhat by using text messaging, which cost substantially lower than charge per minute per call. Cell phones are used on the go sometimes, if they have the Internet capacity, as a substitute for a computer, which can be super convenient, especially if you don’t want to lug your laptop computer around. It may be easier to get regular cell phone coverage, then looking for a Wi-Fi connection somewhere across the United States or around the world.

Of course your pay-as-you-go cell phone only works with its brand of wireless phone cards. So you can’t mix Cingular phone cards with Verizon, etc. Minutes do not last forever; you have to buy new minutes every month or six weeks or whatever. If you buy new minutes, often your old minutes will roll over into the new time slot. Some wireless phone card providers will add airtime to your plan at set intervals for a monthly fee.

It’s interesting to compare wireless phone card rates with regular cell phone plan rates. For T-Mobile easy speak, you pay $50 for 400 minutes. Not bad, but with a regular cell phone plan; you can sometimes get 1000 minutes for the same price. Other plans let you talk for free to other subscribers to the cell phone plan.

To call from the United States to another country is sometimes quite cheap, other times much more expensive. So a call to Italy or Israel may be 3 cents a minute on some plans, but a call to Guatemala or to Bolivia, or Nigeria may be 12 cents are more a minute. This may change with increase use of VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and become more level. Another important variability is what is the connection fee? If you are making many short calls, this will make your calling much more expensive, but if you are making calls 15 minutes or more this is not really a problem.

Another great advantage to pre-paid wireless plans is that many of the phones used with these plans will keep track of the plans elapsed minutes. Sometimes they have a display of the exact number of airtime minutes left on the current card. It may even display exactly the next new minute purchase should be made and how much these minutes will cost.

This type of wireless plan is great for people on the go. If being tied down by long-term contracts is unappealing, a pre-paid wireless plan is often the best choice. Additionally, the fact that credit checks aren't necessary for these plans is a plus for customers who have had credit problems.