The Drawbacks of Traditional Calling Cards

With the holiday season in full swing, people are looking for easy and inexpensive ways to keep in touch with family and friends around the world. A tried and true method has been prepaid calling cards. While they may sound like a good idea, calling cards have their limitations. Here are some of the biggest drawbacks:

  • Poor Call Quality: A common issue seen with most calling cards is that you don’t know what kind of call quality you’re going to get. And if you want better call quality, chances are you’ll be paying higher rates in the end. Be careful of those calling card companies that offer cheap rates; they usually come with a catch, like poor connectivity to justify the low price.
  • International and Long Distance Rates: A big draw to using calling cards is that you can make cheap long distance and international calls. What some users fail to realize is that each destination has a different rate that isn’t always revealed by the calling card company you use. If you are unaware of the costs associated with different countries and different calling card companies, you could be paying an arm and a leg.
  • Scams and Fraud: Prepaid calling card users are susceptible to fraud if anyone knows that digits of your card. Similar to credit cards or social security numbers, it only takes a few numbers to hack into your information and use it for criminal activities.

Originally used as a cheap alternative to landlines and home phone services, international calling cards are a dime-a-dozen and it can be hard to choose the one that’s right for you. Even though you only pay for the minutes you use with a calling card, with Vonage Mobile, you don’t have to pay for any minutes… because it’s free*, when you call app to app!

Here’s what else makes Vonage Mobile a better alternative to calling cards:

  • Superior Call Quality: With Vonage Mobile, call quality is our highest priority, which is why you are guaranteed free high-def calls to any Vonage Mobile user. That same great call quality goes for international calls.
  • Free to Download, Free to Use*: Buying a calling card requires you to leave the comfort of your home. But unlike calling cards, you can download the Vonage Mobile app for free right from your couch.  And with prepaid calling cards, you have to pay for additional minutes over the phone or internet. If you use Vonage Mobile, you can buy additional credit within the app.
  • Scam-free: Because the Vonage Mobile app lives on your mobile device, you don’t have to worry someone stealing your credits and adding mysterious charges to your phone bill. You also don’t have to worry about losing or misplacing your calling card.

In addition to making free phone calls*, Vonage Mobile users can  send free texts* and photo messages to anyone in the world. Can your plastic, prepaid calling card do that? We didn’t think so.

Don’t let unreliable calling cards keep you from talking to family and friends this holiday season – download the free Vonage Mobile app today!

*Standard data rates may apply.