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Subject: Make a table rating the 5 cheapest phone cards, as in medicalcountries.org.
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: health777-ga
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Posted: 08 Nov 2006 07:14 PST
Expires: 08 Dec 2006 07:14 PST
Question ID: 781036
Make a table rating the 5 cheapest phone cards, as indicated in
medicalcountries.org. Indicate the cost, to call to & from, Chicago,
to & from London, Mumbai, Bangkok, Budapest, and   N.Y.  City.
Indicate how the card companies would round the time, monthly fees,
connection fees, maintenance fee, minimum usage fees, expiration date,
hidden costs, additional fees for smaller purchasers, whether you can
call from some numbers without putting in a pin number, and any
unusual contract terms. Use your creative ability to indicate what a
card user would need to notice to get the best deal, and give us your
advice, or comments. A person in a high medical cost country may need
to telephone another low cost country, for their medical needs.
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Subject: Re: Make a table rating the 5 cheapest phone cards, as in medicalcountries.org.
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 07 Dec 2006 15:29 PST
 
Hello health777,

Thank you for your question!  Thank you very much for reposting this
for me.  I'm sorry for the delay in response; all I can say is that
I'm a tortoise, not a hare ;)

Here are your tables.  I've found what are basically the five best
calling cards with the best deals.  For each of the countries, I then
went to each card's site and I list the link to that card or cards.
Forgive me for the tables being a bit crude, but it's the best I could
do in this space and with my lack of artistic talent.  If anything
seems to be unclear, let me know.

It is easier to get a good price to call from the US to other
countries than from other countries to the US, so the prices from
Budapest, Mumbai, et al, are not nearly as good as from the US to
those places.  Calling from those places usually means paying those
"taxes."

Calling cards can be tricky. If one has a low per-minute fee, it
probably has a connection fee and rounds to the nearest four or five
minutes instead of to one minute. Others charge more per minute but
might round to the nearest second and have no maintenance fees (fees
charged per week or per month just for not using the whole card up
yet).

Other companies charge "taxes", which are really deceitful fees,
because there are no taxes on calling card calls.  The company is
charging a fee and trying to make it seem that the government is
forcing them to implement a tax per minute, which is certainly not the
case.  I would not trust or do business with a company that charges
fake taxes on calling card calls.  This is definitely something to
watch for.  In fact, most calling cards seem to charge these taxes, so
that is why I wholeheartedly recommend Nobel.

Overall, the very best phone cards can be found at Nobel, which is a
company that I have done business with before and whose product I
trust.

US-UK: 

Features to watch out for:
nobel.com offers local access numbers for those who are calling to or
calling from a mobile phone in Britain, or from a landline with no
long distance plan. The local access numbers provide more minutes for
the same cost as just calling directly through the mobile phone would
because they don't include as many long distance charges.

Chicago- London 

Here are some options for calling Britain:

       [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel     1.1         none         4 min.     .99/week        1 year     
2.Penny      .9         none         3 min.     .89/week        5 months
3.CheapCall  .9         none         3 min.     .99/week        unlimited
4.Partner    .9         none         3 min.     .59/2 wks.      10  mos 
15% tax                                  

--Nobel--
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productselection.jsp?from_country=1&to_country=289&x=73&y=17
 Rate: 1.1
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	1816 - $20.00
3632 - $40.00
4540 - $50.00

billing increments-- 4 minutes
 Expiration:  	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	99.0 per week
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0
peak/off peak rates: same
Special Note: Rates listed are based on using our local access
numbers. An additional 0.5  per minute will be added for using our
toll-free access number.
---
2. Penny
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/?id_from_country=182&idcountry=286&Submit2=SEARCH
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/107

3. Cheap Call
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/112

.9 cents a minute
 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 99c /week
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 25% + 10% on calls over 10 minutes
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited
 Prompt Languages - English

-----

London--Chicago

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel     2.9         none         2 min.     .69/week        1 year*      0%   
2.Chopin   10.4         none         1 sec.       .00          3 months      0%
3.Africa    1.9         none         3 min.     .69/week        3 mos        15%
4.MidEast   2.0         none         3 min.     .69/week        3  mos       12%
5. AT&T    25.0         none         1 min.       .00         unlimited      0% 
*from last use                           

Nobel UK-US
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productdetails.jsp?cardid=4013&from_country=289&to_country=1

 Rate: 2.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	688 - $20.00
1376 - $40.00
1720 - $50.00

5 Minute Call: $0.15
20 Minute Call: $0.58
60 Minute Call: $1.74

 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	2 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week

--------

Chopin
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/34

10.4 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 second
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - 3 months

--------

Africa
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/35

1.9 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 69c/week
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (Canada/Europe)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - 3 months

-----

MidEast
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/36

2.0 cents a minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 69c/week
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (Canada/Europe)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 12%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - 3 months

----

AT&T
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/19


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - No
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - Yes
 Validity period - unlimited


---------------------------

Chicago--Mumbai (Bombay)

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel      7.4         none         4 min.     .69/week          1 year*   0%   
2.Saturn     8.0         none         3 min.     .59/2weeks        5 months 20%
3.CheapCall  8.5         none         3 min.     .99/week        unlimited  35%
4.Jupiter    9.5         none         1 min.       .00           unlimited^ 10%
5. AT&T      70.0        none         1 min.       .00           unlimited  0%
*after last use
^10 mos. after last refill or purchase

Nobel to India
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productselection.jsp?from_country=1&to_country=131&x=73&y=11

 Rate: 7.4
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	268 - $20.00
536 - $40.00
670 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	4 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0

---

 Rate: 13.5
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	148 - $20.00
296 - $40.00
370 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Domestic Connection Fee:  	NONE
Billing Increments: 	1 seconds
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	NONE
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0

----

Saturn card
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/62


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 59c/biweekly
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada) (*)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (CA, NY, NJ)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 20%
 Pay Phone Charge - 85c
 Validity period - Unlimited (**)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*) 15c fee applies for calls from a cell phone to Toll Free Access Number
(**) Card expires if no refill within 10 months


# Rates for CA/NJ/NY/TX Local Access are lower: -1 c/min

# Save even more by calling to Local Access Numbers from your cell phone!

# Get 10% discount on all calls during off peak hours: 9:00pm-7:00am EST

------

Cheap Call
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/112

8.5 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 99c /week
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 25% + 10% on calls over 10 minutes
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited

----

Jupiter
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/22

9.5 cents a minute

No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada) (*)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (CA,NY, NJ)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 10%
 Pay Phone Charge - 85c
 Validity period - Unlimited(**)

(*) 15c fee applies for calls from a cell phone to Toll Free Access Number.
(**) Card expires if no refill within 10 months.

# Rates for CA, NJ, NY, TX Local Access are lower: -1c/min.

# Save even more by calling Local Access Numbers from your cell phone!

# Get 10% discount on all calls during off-peak hours: 9:00pm-7:00am EST

----

AT&T
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/19

70 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - No
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - Yes
 Validity period - unlimited

----------------------

Mumbai-Chicago

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel     57.9         none         2 min.     .69/week          1 year*   0%   
2.TravelG   33.9         none         2 min.     .69/week        3 months maybe
3.FastWorld 47.9         none         1 min.     .99/week        unlimited^  15%
4. AT&T    155.0         none         1 min.       .00           unlimited   0%
*after last use
^10 months after last refill or purchase

Nobel:

 Rate: 57.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	34 - $20.00
68 - $40.00
85 - $50.00

5 Minute Call: $2.90
20 Minute Call: $11.58
60 Minute Call: $34.74
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	2 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week

----

TravelGlobe
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/16

33.9 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 69c/week
 Rounding - 2 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - May apply
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c (in US and may apply in foreign country)
 Validity period - 3 months

----

FastWorld
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/110

47.9 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (86 countries)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (21 countries)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English

-----

AT&T
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/19

155.0 cents a minute

No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - No
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - Yes
 Validity period - unlimited

-------------------

Chicago--Bangkok

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel      1.9         none         4 min.     .99/week          1 year*   0%   
2.Nobel2     4.0         none         1 sec.        .00            1 year*   0%
3.Cardinal   5.9         none         1 min.        .00          unlimited^  0% 
4.Saturn     1.6         none         3 min.     .59/2weeks      unlimited  20%
5.Bizon      3.5         none         1 min.          none      unlimited^  15%
*after last use
^expires 10 mos after last refill

Nobel
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productselection.jsp?from_country=1&to_country=275&x=68&y=17

 Rate: 1.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	1052 - $20.00
2104 - $40.00
2630 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Domestic Connection Fee:  	NONE
Billing Increments: 	4 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	99.0 per week
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0
---
 Rate: 4.0
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	500 - $20.00
1000 - $40.00
1250 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Domestic Connection Fee:  	NONE
Billing Increments: 	1 seconds
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	NONE

----

Cardinal
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/6

5.9 cents a minute

No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA, Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English, Russian

(*) Card expires if no refill within 10 months.

----
Saturn
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/62

1.6 cents a minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 59c/biweekly
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada) (*)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (CA, NY, NJ)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 20%
 Pay Phone Charge - 85c
 Validity period - Unlimited (**)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*) 15c fee applies for calls from a cell phone to Toll Free Access Number
(**) Card expires if no refill within 10 months


# Rates for CA/NJ/NY/TX Local Access are lower: -1 c/min

# Save even more by calling to Local Access Numbers from your cell phone!

# Get 10% discount on all calls during off peak hours: 9:00pm-7:00am EST

------

Bizon
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/43

3.5 cents a minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (Canada, USA California, USA Mobile)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*) Card expires if no refill within 10 months.

----------------------

Bangkok-Chicago

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel     23.9         none         2 min.     .69/week          1 year*   0%   
2.AT&T      70.0         none         1 min.        .00          unlimited   0%
3.Chopin    33.4         none         1 sec.      none             3 mos.    0%
4.TravelG   23.9         none         2 min.      .69/week         3 mos  maybe
5.FastWorld 27.9         none         1 min.      none          unlimited^  15%
*after last use
^expires 10 mos after last refill

Nobel
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productdetails.jsp?cardid=4013&from_country=274&to_country=1

 Rate: 23.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	82 - $20.00
164 - $40.00
205 - $50.00

5 Minute Call: $1.20
20 Minute Call: $4.78
60 Minute Call: $14.34
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	2 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week

----

AT&T
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/19

70.0 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - No
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - Yes
 Validity period - unlimited
 Prompt Languages - English, Spanish

----

Chopin
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/34

33.4 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 second
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - 3 months

----

TravelGlobe
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/16

No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 69c/week
 Rounding - 2 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - May apply
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c (in US and may apply in foreign country)
 Validity period - 3 months

-----

FastWorld
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/110

27.9 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (86 countries)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (21 countries)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*)Card expires if no refill within 10 months.
	

--------------------

Chicago--Budapest

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel      1.9         none         4 min.     .99/week          1 year*   0%   
2.Nobel2     3.5         none         1 sec.     .00               1 year*   0%
3.Cardinal   3.9         none         1 min.     .00             unlimited^^ 0%
4.PennyBoss  1.7         none         3 min.     .89/week        unlimited^  28%
5.Saturn     3.5         none         3 min.     .59/2wks        unlimited^^ 20%
*after last use
^expires if not refilled within 5 months
^^expires if not refilled within 10 months

Nobel
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productselection.jsp?from_country=1&to_country=511&x=63&y=16

 Rate: 1.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	1052 - $20.00
2104 - $40.00
2630 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	4 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	99.0 per week
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0

----

 Rate: 3.5
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	571 - $20.00
1142 - $40.00
1427 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	1 seconds
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	NONE
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0

5 Minute Call: $0.80
20 Minute Call: $3.18
60 Minute Call: $9.54

-----
Penny Boss card
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/107

1.7 cents per minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 89c/weekly
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 28%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*) Card expires if no refill within 5 months.

------

Saturn
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/62

1.9 cents a minute
 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 59c/biweekly
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA/Canada) (*)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (CA, NY, NJ)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 20%
 Pay Phone Charge - 85c
 Validity period - Unlimited (**)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*) 15c fee applies for calls from a cell phone to Toll Free Access Number
(**) Card expires if no refill within 10 months

----

Cardinal
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/6

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA, Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English, Russian

(*) Card expires if no refill within 10 months.
Rates listed are for using Local Access numbers.
Higher rates apply for using Toll Free Access number: +2 c/min.


---------------------

Budapest - Chicago

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel      15.9        none         2 min.     .69/week          1 year*   0%   
2.Continental 3.6        none         3 min.     .00               6 mos     15%
3.FastWorld   12.9       none         1 min.     .00             unlimited^^ 15%
4. Chopin     19.4       none         1 sec.     .00              3 mos.     0%
5.TravelGlobe 13.9       none         2 min.     .69/week        3 mos     maybe
*after last use
^^expires if not refilled within 10 months

(Nobel only offers one selection.)

Nobel
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productdetails.jsp?cardid=4013&from_country=127&to_country=1

 Rate: 15.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	124 - $20.00
248 - $40.00
310 - $50.00
 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
 Billing Increments:  	2 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week
 Can Make Calls From:  	Abroad
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0

----

Continental
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/109

3.6 cents per minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 3 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 79c
 Validity period - 6 months from last refill/purchase

-----

FastWorld
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/110
12.9 cents a minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (86 countries)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (21 countries)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - 15%
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English

(*)Card expires if no refill within 10 months.

-----

TravelGlobe
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/16

13.9 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - 69c/week
 Rounding - 2 minutes
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - May apply
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c (in US and may apply in foreign country)
 Validity period - 3 months

-----
Chopin
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/34

19.4 cents a minute

 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 second
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - Yes
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - 3 months
	

----------------------------------

Chicago-- New York City

AND

New York City-- Chicago

        [per minute][connection fee][rounding][maintenance fee][expiration][tax]
1.Nobel      0.9         none         3 min.     .69/week          1 year*   0%   
2.Nobel2     2.4         none         1 sec.     .00               1 year*   0%
3.AT&T       5.0         none         1 min.     .00             unlimited   0%
4.Cardinal   3.9         none         1 min.     .00             unlimited^^ 0%
5.PennyBoss  1.7         none         3 min.     .89/week        unlimited^  28%
*after last use
^expires if not refilled within 5 months
^^expires if not refilled within 10 months

Nobel
http://www.nobelcom.com/nobelcom/jsp/productselection/productselection.jsp?from_country=1&to_country=1&x=56&y=18

 Rate: 0.9
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	2220 - $20.00
4440 - $40.00
5550 - $50.00
 Within the Continental US:  	0.9
Domestic Connection Fee: 	NONE
Billing Increments: 	3 - minutes
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	69.0 per week
 Toll-Free Surcharge:  	0.5 per minute
Payphone Surcharge: 	Up to 99.0
---
 Rate: 2.4
NO CONNECTION FEE
Minutes: 	833 - $20.00
1666 - $40.00
2082 - $50.00
	 Pinless Dialing:  	YES
Within the Continental US: 	2.4
Domestic Connection Fee: 	NONE
Billing Increments: 	1 seconds
Expiration: 	Expires 1 year (365 days) after last use
Maintenance Fee: 	NONE

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Cardinal
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/6
1.9 cents a minute
 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes (USA, Canada)
 Local Access Numbers - Yes (USA)
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - 99c
 Validity period - Unlimited (*)
 Prompt Languages - English, Russian

(*) Card expires if no refill within 10 months.

# Rates listed are for using Local Access numbers.
Higher rates apply for using Toll Free Access number: +2 c/min.

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AT&T
http://calling-card-usa.pushline.com/p/info.php/19

5 cents a minute


 No Connection Fee
 Maintenance Fee - No
 Rounding - 1 minute
 Toll Free Access Numbers - Yes
 Local Access Numbers - No
 Service Taxes & Surcharges - No
 Pay Phone Charge - Yes
 Validity period - unlimited

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VOIP:
I suggest that an even better deal than calling cards would be VOIP. 
VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) is widely available in the US from
companies such as Lingo (http://lingo.com/) and Packet 8
(http://www.packet8.net/).  I would not go with Vonage as they are
more expensive than these other companies to pay for their ubiquitous
advertising.  With my VOIP from Lingo, I can call anywhere in the
United States or western Europe and a few other countries for free. 
Other countries have a low per-minute rate without the restrictions of
calling cards.  Most people have phones in their homes, and if you
have both a landline phone and an Internet connection, I highly
suggest switching to VOIP.

If both you and the person you're talking to in the other country have
a computer with broadband Internet, you could use Skype.  With Skype,
you can make calls from your computer to a regular phone or from a
computer to a regular computer.  They actually have very competitive
rates and calling plans for making calls from a computer to a landline
phone.  The quality is very good. I highly recommend it.

Skype
http://www.skype.com

Search strategy:
(nobel.com)UK-US, US-UK, etc. for each of the countries
(callingcard-usa.pushline.com) UK-US, US-UK, etc. for each of the countries

If you need any additional clarification, let me know and I'll be glad
to assist you.

--keystroke-ga

(PS. You've always been a really good customer of the service.  You
may want to join other GA alumni now that Google Answers has ended in
the Google Group that pafalafa-ga started:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/GAalumni
Even if you don't plan on joining in too much in the discussions, you
may want to register just so that you know what's going on in ex-GA
land.
Thank you for your loyalty to GA!)
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