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1997 Prepaid Phone Card Pricing Survey

 

PLEASE NOTE: This 1997 publication is not current, and should be used only as historical information.
NOTES: Survey conducted during December 1996 and January 1997 by CA staff members Jeffrey Goldblat, Nancy McAdoo, Nelson Santiago and Linda Sherry. Prices change! Ask vendors for latest rates when choosing a card.
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SURVEY NOTES

PRICE PER MINUTE

* USA RATES: A range in prices is shown for cards that offer lower rates as the face value of the card increases. Rates good for calls in or between 48 continental states--rates may be higher for calls to Hawaii and Alaska.

* INTERNATIONAL RATES: Rates vary widely for calls to other countries. If a range is shown for Mexico, it reflects the high-low range for Mexico's 8 "rate bands."

* An asterisk (*) in the price-per-minute column denotes that the final price is set by retailers, and may differ from the issuer's suggested or tariffed price shown here.

CARD PRICES: A range of denominations in which the card is available.

EXPIRATION DATE: A length of time after which the card can no longer be used. Some cards are activated when purchased, others activate when you place your first call, and others carry a printed expiration date.

OTHER

24-HOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE: Indicates companies that provide live operators around the clock, seven days per week. Customer service numbers are usually printed on the back of the cards.

RECHARGEABLE: More calling time can be added to the card by telephone, using a credit card.

HIGHER RATE FOR FIRST MINUTE: Some cards charge more for the first minute on international calls to certain countries.

AVAILABLE BY MAIL: Card can be ordered by phone and mailed to you. In most cases, you must use a credit card. (Shipping may be additional.)

WORKS FROM ABROAD: A few prepaid phone cards can be used to place calls originating outside the U.S.

CardName /
USA Rates
International Rates Card Prices Expiration Date Other
7-Eleven Prepaid Phone Card/
29¢-40¢
China: $2.22-$3.19
Mexico: 83¢-$1.19
Philippines:$1.39-$1.99
$5.99-$49.99 15 mos. from activation 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Available at most 7-Eleven stores nationwide.
AAdvantage Prepaid Phone Card/
37.5¢
China: $3
Mexico: $1.13
Philippines $1.87
$45-$90 15 mos. 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Earns frequent flyer miles on American Airlines. Available by mail: (800) PRE-PAID.
ACMI/
25¢
China: $2.93
Mexico: $1.60
Philippines: $1.97
$20-$100 None 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 860-8641. (Postage or shipping will be additional.)
AmeriVox/
33¢
China: $2.86
Mexico: 41¢-$1.95
Philippines: $1.97
$20 1 yr. 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available from AmeriVox representatives: call (800) 827-6299.
Asia Direct/
27¢
China: $1.29
Mexico: $1.05-$2.45
Philippines: 99¢
$10-$40 1 yr. from activation 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Available by mail: Call (800) 455-8355 for an application.
AT&T Global Prepaid/
25¢
China: $2.25
Mexico: $1.75
Philippines: $1.50
$20-$60 None 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 569-2018 (shipping $5.75). Works from abroad to U.S.
AT&T Prepaid Card/
35¢
China: 5 units
Mexico: 3 units
Philippines: 5 units
$5.25-$75 None One unit = one domestic minute. 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 368-5500. (Shipping: $3.50-$6.)
Cable & Wireless Inc./
35¢
China; $2.45
Mexico: $2.45
Philippines: $2.10
$3-$50 1 yr. from issue date 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: Call (800) 455-8355 for an application.
Communicard/
33¢
China: $2.35
Mexico: 79¢-99¢
Philippines: $1.59>
$5-$100 None Rechargeable ($10 minimum). Available by mail: (800) 931-3535.
Conquest CQ Talk!/
25¢-33¢
China: $2
Mexico: 75¢-99¢
Philippines: $1.25
$5-$50 1 yr. from activation 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Works from abroad to U.S.
Econophone Gemlink/
19¢
China: $1.11
Mexico: 33¢-$1
Philippines: $1
$5-$100 None 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 349-0009.
F/X Phone Card/
24¢
China: $1.05
Mexico: 29¢-79¢
Philippines: 77¢
$5-$50 6 mos. from activation 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable.
Frontier Call Time/
40¢
China: 80¢
Mexico: 80¢
Philippines: 80¢
$5.95-$50 Cards show date 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 375-3133.
GTE Prepaid Phone Card/
33¢
China: $4
Mexico: $1.80
Philippines: $3
$10-$50 180 days from 1st call 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable.
International Long Distance/
14¢
China: $1.35
Mexico: 55¢
Philippines: 84¢
$25-$75 None Rechargeable. Available by mail: (888) ILD-4YOU ($1.99 shipping).
LCI/
25¢
China: $1.75
Mexico: 75¢-$1.00
Philippines: $1.25
$20-$200 1 yr. 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 800-8285 (plus $1 shipping charge).
LDDS World Com Phone Pass/
25¢-30¢*
China: 8 units
Mexico: 4 units
Philippines: 5 units
See Other column 1 yr. from 1st call Sold by minutes (one domestic minute = one unit). 24-hour customer service. Usually not rechargeable. Works for calls to U.S. from many countries. (Mexico is excluded.)
Liberty Prepaid Calling Card/
33¢
China: $1.89
Mexico: 98¢ (Band 7)
Philippines: $1.39
$5-$50 None 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable.
Matrix/
33¢
China: $2.65
Mexico: $1.65
Philippines: $2.31
$10-$50 None 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 282-0242.
MCI Prepaid Calling Card/
Up to 45¢*
China: 8 units
Mexico: 3 units
Philippines: 5 units
See Other column 15 mos. from activation Sold by units (one unit = one domestic minute). 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Works from abroad to U.S.
Pacific Bell/
40¢
China: $1
Mexico: $1
Philippines: $1.50
$5-$50 18 mos. 24-hour customer service. Some Pacific Bell cards are rechargeable.
PhonLynx/
23¢
China: $1.49
Mexico: 49¢-$1.29
Philippines: $1.29
$5-$20 1 yr. from activation Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800 231-0800).
SmartTalk TeleServices Card/
30¢*
China: 28 units
Mexico: 2-5 units
Philippines: 6 units
See Other 6 mos. from 1st call Sold by minutes (one domestic minute = one unit). 24-hour customer service. Cards are rechargeable at a rate of 35¢ per minute.
Sprint Spree Card/
29¢-33¢
China: $2.95
Mexico: $1.18
Philippines: $2.95
$5-$50 Cards show date 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable.
Talk N Toss/
24¢-33¢
China: $4.54
Mexico: $1.65
Philippines: $2.13
$10-$100 6 mos. from 1st call 24-hour customer service. Some Talk N Toss cards are rechargeable.
Target Hotline Prepaid Card/
22¢-27¢
China: 8 units
Mexico: 4 units
Philippines: 5 units
$7.99-$21.99 3 yrs. from last call One unit = one domestic minute. 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable. Available at most Target stores nationwide.
Tele-Tiempo/
25¢
China: $1.59
Mexico: 69¢
Philippines: $1.29
$5-$20 Cards show date 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Sold nationwide in Spanish-speaking communities.
TransNational/
25¢
Domestic use only $15-$50 6 mos. from 1st call 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 653-2669.
UNI-Net and UNI-Pass/
18.5¢
China: $1.24
Mexico: 71¢-$6.69
Philippines: 82¢
$5-$20 1 yr. from 1st call Two-minute per-call minimum charge. Company has rechargeable card with no minimum; available by mail: (800) 346-1077.
Wal Mart-MCI Prepaid Phone Card/
25¢
China: $2.75
Mexico: $1.25
Philippines: $1.50
$9.94 & $19.84 15 mos. from activation 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. Can be used to call from overseas to U.S.
Walgreens Phone Card Plus/
29¢-40¢
China: $2.80
Mexico: $1.40
Philippines: $2
$5.99-$34.99 1 yr. from purchase 24-hour customer service. Rechargeable (except $5.99 card). In-store recharges receive 20% bonus minutes.
Western Union/
29¢-35¢
China: $2.99
Mexico: 99¢
Philippines: $2.99
$10-$50 1 yr. from activation 24-hour customer service. Not rechargeable. For local retail outlets, call (800) 374-0909.
World Bell/
25¢-33¢
China: $1.40
Mexico: 89¢ and up
Philippines: 89¢
$10 None Rechargeable. Available by mail: (800) 246-4210. Rate on first $10 card is 33¢ per minute; 25¢ per minute when recharged.
 

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