How We Choose Recommended Vendors

You can save money using cheap calling cards or VoIP phone service to call Surat, Uttar Pradesh, India. But choosing a reputable company can be time consuming and confusing - there are many sketchy firms out there.

To help you chose a reputable, high quality company, we put considerable effort into identifying, evaluating, and recommending the best calling card and VoIP companies.

Our recommendations are based on a careful review of company products, call quality, and pricing, among other factors. We are confident that our recommended firms are among the top performers in their product categories.

For each type of company, we apply specific criteria and choose the vendors that seem to perform the best overall. Click below for additional information:

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How We Choose Recommended Calling Card Vendors

We have chosen a handful of recommended calling card vendors after a careful review of dozens of providers.

In our in-depth calling card reviews, we look for:

  • Low baseline per minute rates
  • Low total calling costs, including all fees & charges
  • All per minute rates and other charges stated very clearly
  • No hidden charges or fees
  • Variety of calling card options to meet different needs
  • Excellent features (e.g., pinless dialing)
  • Simple terms & conditions (with no fees hidden in fine print)
  • Easy to use website
  • 24/7 live customer support
  • Good call quality & reliability
  • Good company reputation

Because hidden fees, overstated minutes, and a general lack of pricing transparency are such a big problem in the calling card industry, we give extra weight to companies that clearly and fully disclose all phone card costs.

In addition, because visitors to our website come from many different countries, we have tried to suggest calling card companies that do business in many countries around the world. In practice that means that we look for companies with access numbers in many locations, have good rates across the board between different countries, and that will bill to addresses in different countries.

Visit to learn more about international phone card rates, fees and features.

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Recommended calling cards

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How We Choose Recommended VoIP Phone Services

VoIP internet calling offers very cheap international calling rates - and VoIP phone service is growing rapidly in popularity.

As a result, new VoIP phone services are popping up almost daily as new providers enter the business. Unfortunately, the VoIP business is a very tough one and many companies go out of business.

We don't want you to get stuck with a dead VoIP provider, so we have identified and screened many of the biggest VoIP phone services to find the best ones.

In recommending our VoIP phone services, we have looked for companies with:

  • Solid call quality (but know that even for the best providers, call quality is generally lower than for landline phones)
  • Low prices
  • Flexible pricing plans
  • Excellent value-added features and options (e.g., video calls, instant messaging / chat, voice mail, etc.)
  • Responsive 24/7 customer service
  • Easy to use website
  • Solid reputation
  • Demonstrated ability to stay in business

VoIP services come in many, many flavors and variants, so we have tried to suggest a variety of firms that based on different types of VoIP technologies and that offer a mix of VoIP calling options.

As well, we have tried to suggest VoIP providers that do business in many countries. Unfortunately, many countries limit or prohibit usage of VoIP, so not all countries are covered equally well.

Recommended VoIP phone service

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