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    Can you use prepaid calling cards on your cellphone?

    My dad is part of my family plan and he asked me if it was okay to use international calling cards on his cell phone.


    I would like to know if:
    -it uses any of my minutes
    -are there any additional charges for doing so

    If it matters, he calls China, Japan, and New Zealand.

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    1. Yes it uses minutes
    2. I assume these are the cards where you dial a local acsess number or 800 number first (typical). So no extra charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentjudge View Post
    1. Yes it uses minutes
    2. I assume these are the cards where you dial a local acsess number or 800 number first (typical). So no extra charges.

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    Thank you judge for the quick answer. To verify, yes, these cards require dialing a number and inserting a pin code that needs to be scratched off. If he calls during nights (after 9pm), would it still use minutes?

    TIA!

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    In that case no minutes are used. What you described is indeed a typical prepaid calling card.

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    Or your dad could use a google voice number to call Japan, China or New Zealand.

    Cell phone -> GV# -> number he is calling

    China landline .02/minute (mobile ?)
    Japan landline .02/minute & mobile .11/minute
    New Zealand landline .02/minute & mobile .22/minute

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    Is he able to utilize Google Voice without an Android phone? If so, can you provide general steps on how to do so? TIA. I believe the calling cards are priced similarly to GV's pricing scheme but it would be much easier to do without the cards altogether.

    Quote Originally Posted by tivoman View Post
    Or your dad could use a google voice number to call Japan, China or New Zealand.

    Cell phone -> GV# -> number he is calling

    China landline .02/minute (mobile ?)
    Japan landline .02/minute & mobile .11/minute
    New Zealand landline .02/minute & mobile .22/minute

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    You can call your own Google Voice number and make a call out from there. Or through the web interface (phone or computer), you can have GV call a number and it will connect (call) both you and the number your calling.

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    Go to www.google.com/voice and sign up for a new account. As the previous poster said you can log in from your pc to dial the number and gv will call your house/cell first and then it will call the number you are dialing. To do it from a basic cell phone just dial your own gv# and then listen to the prompts to dial the international number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus14 View Post
    My dad is part of my family plan and he asked me if it was okay to use international calling cards on his cell phone.


    I would like to know if:
    -it uses any of my minutes
    -are there any additional charges for doing so

    If it matters, he calls China, Japan, and New Zealand.
    If it accesses the international calling with a local or 800 number it will cost airtime. It doesn't matter which country called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus14 View Post
    Thank you judge for the quick answer. To verify, yes, these cards require dialing a number and inserting a pin code that needs to be scratched off. If he calls during nights (after 9pm), would it still use minutes?

    TIA!
    Quote Originally Posted by silentjudge View Post
    In that case no minutes are used. What you described is indeed a typical prepaid calling card.

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    False. Minutes will always be used when making a call. Free calls are to 611, 911, etc.

    If you have unlimited night/weekend minutes then it doesnt really matter.

    Some plans do not, especially the older/cheaper or on the prepaid side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extraordinary View Post
    False. Minutes will always be used when making a call. Free calls are to 611, 911, etc.

    If you have unlimited night/weekend minutes then it doesnt really matter.

    Some plans do not, especially the older/cheaper or on the prepaid side.

    Good catch, for some reason I just sort of assumed he has postpaid with unlim n/w

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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus14 View Post
    My dad is part of my family plan and he asked me if it was okay to use international calling cards on his cell phone.


    I would like to know if:
    -it uses any of my minutes
    -are there any additional charges for doing so

    If it matters, he calls China, Japan, and New Zealand.
    I use it for few years.
    It will use your plan minutes like domestic callings, but it doesn't cost you if you're under N/W or using wifi calling with supported option.
    No special charge other than using plan minutes (see above).

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    if your family plan has MYFAVES,
    you can call anytime, and use no
    plan minutes-except international
    toll call per minutes.
    just make sure that the GV is one
    of the MYFAVES numbers. dial into
    GV > option 2 to make call out to
    anywhere in the world. first you
    have to add $$ to GV account.

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    yeah try AlloMama phone card website.you can easily recharge you account.it is easy and save your money,because according to my experience this website has the lowest calling rates.

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    1. Yes you can.
    2. It is generally cheaper to use a prepaid card with a non-toll-free access number than a card with toll-free access. Most plans are now national, so there is no difference between calling 800 and non-800 numbers.
    3. Most phones allow you program in the access number and PIN code and append the desired number when calling.
    4. There are also dial-thru providers where you don't have a PIN. The access number uses your CID.
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