Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Prudent Way of Bringing Yourself Closer to Home

During those times when I had to temporarily live abroad (as a student and as a long-staying tourist), I had to rely on phone cards to keep in touch with family and friends back home. I preferred using prepaid phone cards simply because I was usually on a tight budget and calling through them meant there were no unpleasant surprises regarding billing. You’ve spent your money and you know what you are entitled to. There’s no room for getting carried away with all the yakking. I mean, if you do get carried away, you just get cut off. You do not have to agonize later on over the bill, swearing to anybody who cares to listen (usually the owner of the phone line you used) that you couldn’t actually have been on the phone for two hours.
Now there are good quality phone cards and some that are less so. I believe I have had experience with both. If you’re going to be visiting the US for a while, it makes sense to stock up on your supply of phone cards. Since this is pretty much like an investment, it’s best to know as much as you can about the different phone cards and the special deals you can get. Consulting a website that has a comprehensive listing is a smart option. Researching and purchasing online is much more convenient than discussing the merits of each product with a harassed vendor at a busy kiosk, I tell you.