Travel Advice/Travel Tips - When
traveling, buy a local phone card
Charges for telephone calls made from hotel rooms are very expensive;
although the charges are high in the United States, they are even higher
outside of the United States. When possible, avoid these
exorbitant charges. Use public phones, when convenient, as they are
economically priced and always available.
Many foreign public telephones have been converted to a “cashless” format
and accept only phone cards to pay for calls.
- If the public telephones do take cash, they will only take local
currency, which is often an inconvenience for the traveler.
- One of the first things you should do while vacationing abroad is to
buy a phone card that will allow you to use the public phone on a
- Many phone cards are country specific and you may need to buy a new
card for each country you visit.
Phone cards are usually available at tobacco shops and stores
that fit the American definition of a “quick shop”.
- The cards are available in various denominations.
- We recommend buying a card that has the equivalent of ten or twenty
dollars worth of calls (use the smaller amount if you will not be
European phone cards are, usually, a “smart card” containing an
embedded chip that keeps track of how much “value: remains on the card
after each use. When you insert the card into the phone’s reader, it
checks to see if your card has enough value to cover the call.
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