"Money saving tips for using your calling cards and
international phone cards; save between 50%-70% with your phone cards"
See also: Frequently asked questions
Here are our best tips to
your international phone cards.
Note: Email is the cheapest way to communicate with your
folks in Belize, we ourselves save a lot of money by emailing to Belize. If
you are not already doing this you are loosing a lot of money. However, for
those times when only a long distance phone call will do (e.g. your folk in Belize don't
have email or for Mother's Day or at Xmas time) we recommend the following
tips when using an international phone card.
- Look for a calling card that doesn't charge a connection fee or monthly fee,
Fees take away minutes from your calling card. You can still take
advantage of the low rates on these cards by using them up in "one lick" to
avoid loosing minutes.
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- Try to use your phone card up in one or two long calls. Why? Because minutes
are rounded off, so too many calls on one card adds up quickly or should I
say takes away from your balance. Also, some cards do
not charge an initial connection fee, but some cards will after you use the card
or more times.
- If you don't see your favourite Belize calling card, log in to your
account and choose "rebuild my last order."
- Sometimes the page listing the calling cards to Belize only displays x
amount of cards, to see more cards click on "show more cards near the top
of the page"
- Do you want to keep your calling card for longer without loosing
minutes in the form of fees? People who love to chat for endless
hours (and that is now possible with calling card rates getting cheaper
every day) with their folks in Belize usually buy the cards with the
cheapest rate and use up their cards in one long call, so they don't have
to pay a weekly or maintenance fee. However, you want to keep your card
longer and not pay any additional fees while you keep your card. For your
situation, you need to buy a card that doesn't have any maintenance,
weekly, or other fees. You will pay a higher rate/min but in the long run
you still save because minutes (in the form of fees) aren't being taken
away from your card while you sleep. Do remember that most cards expire in
- Don't use your calling card at a pay phone. If you can, call from home instead
because payphones have a surcharge (about 50 cents). Of course this
doesn't apply if you are at the airport trying to reach Belize.
- When you buy your card online choose delivery method by email vs.
postal mail. Why? Because there will be a shipping charge added for postal
mail (about $2). Email delivery is free.
- If you plan on visiting Belize you can save money by buying a Belize to USA card. The only drawback is
that in Belize these international phone cards can only be used at payphones and from hotels and not from
residences. Also when you visit Belize don't burden your folks there with
a high phone bill. You can now buy your own prepaid phone cards in Belize.
- If you order online be sure to create an account. The advantage is
that you will not have to re-enter all your info every time you return to
buy more cards. Don't forget your username and password.
- Most people will want to use up their phone cards down to the last minute and
we are no exception. Let your party on the other end know that you are
using a phone card, therefore, "just in case" you run out of minutes before
you can say goodbye, then tell them 'bye ahead of time and "just in case"
you do get disconnected then let them know ahead of time, that you will
call again some other time. I mention this because while some cards will let you
know ahead of time when there's only one minute left on your card, but
some other cards won't.
- Don't use your international phone cards for domestic long distance. Why?
Because your international card is optimized for international need and
may not have the best rate for domestic long distance. Instead, use a pre-paid long distance card with the best rate
for your particular situation.
- If you have a great way of saving on your international calls to
Belize and would like to share it,
your tips to us.
What is rounding?
Some calling cards round to the nearest second,
minute, others 3 minutes etc. Rounding means they measure your talk time in
increments. For example if a card is advertising 3 min rounding and you talk
for 1 minute the telecom company will round up to 3 minutes and charge your
card for 3 minutes of talk time. If you talk for 5 minutes the company will
round up to 6 minutes and take away 6 minutes from your card, if you talk
for 20 min the Telecom company will take away 21 minutes from your card
and if you talk for 12 minutes they wont take away any additional minutes
because 12 minutes is an exact increment of 3. The lower the rounded minutes
or seconds the better the value of the pre-paid calling card.
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