Pre Paid Phone Cards
Prepaid phone cards enable phone subscribers to utilize telecommunications network services without having to apply for a monthly plan. These services for which prepaid phone cards can be used include outgoing calls and sending text messages. Aside from these common services, prepaid phone cards may also be used for Internet browsing by subscribers with Internet-capable mobile phones. Prepaid phone cards contain credits equivalent to the amount for which these are bought. Using prepaid phone cards depend on the type of phone and the network being used.
Prepaid phone cards come in different types: stored-value, remote access, and virtual. Stored-value prepaid phone cards are those which have to be inserted into a card slot found in telephone booths. Remote access prepaid phone cards are those with personal identification numbers (PIN) which the user simply needs to key into the phone. This type may be an actual card or a PIN sent through e-mail. Unlike the first two types, virtual prepaid phone cards are not actual cards but phone credit automatically loaded into the phone. No matter what type of prepaid phone cards are used, the main advantage of using prepaid phone cards is giving users the freedom to pay only for services that they need when they actually use them.
How do prepaid phone cards work?
Prepaid phone cards can work on both landline and mobile phones. To use prepaid phone cards, a prepaid SIM (subscriber identity module) for the chosen network is needed. Whenever the subscriber needs to make an outgoing call, send text messages, and browse the Internet, the corresponding charges for such services are immediately deducted from the prepaid phone card's remaining balance. There are different rates for various phone services. Also, these rates vary from network to network. Once the balance is depleted, subscribers may either reload their prepaid phone cards or buy a new one from authorized retail stores, the Internet, and ATM.
Why do you need prepaid phone cards?
Prepaid phone cards enable you to pay only as you use the phone service. Especially for subscribers who are working on a tight budget, this is an advantage because there is no need to pay fixed monthly rates. Prepaid phone cards give you increased control and value for your money. In addition, using them gives you freedom from having to submit a lot of documents typical of the line application process. Prepaid phone cards are easily accessible. However, they may not sit well with subscribers who need to make a lot of long phone calls, because an outgoing call gets terminated when the balance runs out.