Using Telephone Company's Calling Cards

Don't get shocked by a high telephone bill you do not expect! Be sure to check the rates before you use a telephone company's calling card. Many times the rates will not be the same as the rates you would pay if you called the same number from your home phone. In fact, sometimes the rates are 3 to 4 times higher.

Often telephone companies mail their customers calling cards without the customers requesting them. An advantage of a calling card is that you can use it to make calls when away from home and the calls are billed on your regular telephone bill. This sounds convenient. However, there is often a price to pay for the convenience. That is why it is important to check the rates before you use the card to make calls and avoid "sticker shock" when you get your telephone bill.