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Did Cell Phones Kill Long Distance Calling Cards?

May 8, 2015

Can you still buy long distance calling cards? Cell phones have never been more powerful, and everybody seems to have one. Some people predict that nearly 100% of adults could have cell phones within the decade! Not everyone wants to use cell phones while travelling abroad despite the attachment many people feel toward them.

Too many companies gouge their customers for the privilege of travelling internationally. Alternate solutions always exist, but long-distance calling cards remain a reliable solution to get in touched with friends, family, and business contacts for people travelling around the world. They've been in use since the mid-1970s, and still usually remain the size of a credit card in order to fit into a wallet or purse conveniently.

Internet-enabled services don't offer reliable solutions either. You simply won't have convenient access to the Wi-Fi signals in every establishment that you visit while travelling! Long distance calling cards let you use payphones or hotel phones without incurring hundreds of dollars in roaming fees. You won't have your computer on-hand to use VoIP or other Internet services with you at all times either.

Only about two-thirds of American adults possess smart phones capable of applying Internet-based services, but America doesn't represent the entire globe. Fewer people own tablets or e-readers, although most e-readers don't process the same kinds of apps. There is a broad demographic group that simply benefits from cards more than mobile phone plans.

Prepaid cards also offer a surprising amount of convenience. Mobile phones come to mind as the winner of comparisons for convenience, but the cards have an advantage. You can use cards on any phone and in any place without incurring extra fees from your carrier. You can use the cards at home, at work, at a restaurant, or at a payphone in a different country.

Companies such as iRoam offer SIM cards at discounted rates for frequent travellers who make plenty of calls, but not everyone runs a business on the go! The low level of commitment required for calling cards make them no-brainers for people passing through places around the globe. Backpacking through Europe, spending a week in Banff, or touching down in Japan for a brief business meeting all call for ease of use.

Some people have actually taken to collecting telephone cards. The cards with celebrities, limited-run designs, and other notable images imprinted upon them have attracted enough attention to garner a niche following. Colnect, a site dedicated to collectible items, has a section specifically for phone cards! Collectors may not use their phone cards, but they support a small niche industry all on their own!

The ubiquity of mobile phones has caused phone cards to decline naturally, but international calling cards remain a viable option for those who travel frequently.

Whether you collect them or use them as a mobile phone substitute, it seems that they are here to stay.

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