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Calling Cards Get Collegiate

We are pleased to publish this guest post written by Nicolas DAlleva, a writer for Specialty Answering Service.

Give the Gift of Talk!

It’s back-to-school time again! Parents, grandparents, and friends are busy sending a new class of students off to college.

Back to School

Parents are heading to the malls for back-to-school shopping to equip their kids with everything they’re going to need. Graduation parties, going away parties, and other events offer plenty of gift-giving occasions for friends and family.

What's one of the easiest and most helpful gifts you can give to that new college student? A calling card.

A calling card can be a lifeline between students, parents, family, and friends over the course of the school year. They’re affordable, easy to purchase, and easy to use. As a gift, they’re more personal than cash and less hassle than a new dorm room tchotchke.

Why a Phone Card?

When students are on their own away from home, bills and expenses can add up. One thing you don't want is for the cost of calls back home to become burden. This is especially so for students from closeknit families, students attending college in another country, or students on an overseas semester abroad.

In this age of cheap voice calls, cost shouldn't be what keeps you from keeping in touch. By purchasing a phone card for them, you can make calling family and friends a low cost snap. The right phone card can give them unlimited access for routine or emergency calls to any location worldwide.

Calling cards have many advantages. Chief among them is much lower rates than most mobile or landline plans. Often you can save 80%-95% over regular calling plans. Plus, cards can be used from most any phone to call most any destination. And unlike a lamp or a throw-blanket, a phone card will keep save them money for months or even years - abnd they’ll surely appreciate that.

Top reasons to buy a back-to-school phone card

  • Dramatically lower costs
  • Peace of mind for everyone
  • Back up alternative in case of a lost mobile phone
  • Ready access from any available phone
  • Portable and unbreakable
  • Usable from USA and other countries
  • Billable to any party (you or the student)

Note: features vary depending on the calling card.

What to Look For

When buying a card for a back-to-school student, here are some of the things you want to look for:

  • Low per minute rates to all likely calling destinations
  • Low fees / no hidden fees
  • Low weekly or monthly maintenance fees
  • Family or group calling plan
  • Mobile and/or PC calling apps
  • Rechargeable and billable

Since prices and features vary widely between calling cards, be sure to shop around for the best deal. One thing we recommend avoiding are the low value, non-rechargeable cards sold in many convenience stores. Instead, we suggest turning to a reputable online provider that offers both low rates and a robust set of features.

So there you have it: Calling cards are a great back-to-school gift to consider for any student. They are economical, easy to buy, and easy to use. They eliminate the worry of phone bills for already stressed students and parents. They are the perfect purchase for anyone heading off to college.

---About the Author

Nicolas DAlleva is a writer for Specialty Answering Service which provides answering services for businesses and professionals nationwide.

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