A few weeks ago I was contacted by Nobelcom inquiring if I would be interested in trying one of their prepaid online phone cards and reviewing it after putting it to good use. Why not?
Remembering the days I lived in Australia when I would buy my 6 AUD prepaid phone card that would give me 350 minutes of calling time to Spain I was interested to find out if prepaid phone cards had anything to offer in the days of Skype, Rebtel, Whatsapp and other VoIP systems that abound. Are the rates cheaper? How good is the sound quality? Are they easy to use? Will I have to carry plastic around to remember my number?
Who is NobelCom?
Nobelcom is (per their website) ” a telecommunications company founded in 1998 […]committed to offering top quality phone cards for US domestic and international calls at affordable rates.” They are an online based telecommunications provider that ” provides online customers with a secure way to purchase affordable, easy-to-use prepaid phone cards.” Although I was given mine at no cost I have visited their website and sure enough they accept all the major credit cards as well as Paypal, and the sign up form is a breeze too. As for their rates, they are certainly much cheaper than regular phone calls yet aren’t free, as you obviously might expect.
OK, I get a prepaid phone card, but what else?
NobelCom has made sure that as a service provider they offer not only the prepaid calling card but other useful services too- at no additional cost. The extra services I found most appealing are:
- PC-2-Phone calls: Download the latest version of their PC-2-Phone program, install it, select the PIN to call from and start enjoying your calls! To keep things simple, you will be able to log in with your NobelCom username and password
- Virtual Numbers: You can get Virtual Numbers for various locations around the world. What are they? Here’s an example: if you get a Virtual Number for Paris, your friends in Paris can ring you up and they are billed as for a local call. The Virtual Number costs a small fee to rent and can be rented for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 12 months.
- Send an SMS to any cell phone in the world! You can currently send 3 free SMSes per day to any number in the world, at no cost.
- You can recharge your card online.
- 24/7 customer support.
Who are these cards for?
With today’s technology the use of calling cards is not as widespread as it was just a few years ago, yet there is space for them in the telecom market. I find that these cards are great for travelers who are not traveling with a laptop or a smart phone, will not have easy access to a phone with VOIP but will need to speak with people overseas.
After using the card to make a few phone calls overseas I found that their top claim is indeed very true: the quality of the phone conversation is second to none (when compared with other phone cards…and even direct calls in some cases!). They have several toll free numbers I could dial to reach my counterpart and the rates were rather reasonable, of course exceptional when compared with standard rates. However there is one thing I do not like very much and that is having to know (or have stored somewhere) my personal ID number plus toll free number somewhere to be able to make the call. In developed countries this makes it a bit of an inconvenient, though you probably won’t care less if located in an under developed nation. All in all Nobelcom prepaid phone cards are excellent because of the sound quality, value and simple to use platform IF you don’t have access to Skype, Rebtel or other similar programs, and in today’s world this is a BIG if.
Have you used prepaid calling cards before? Do you still use them now? What advantages do they have in your opinion? And disadvantages? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and this post too if you think other might find it useful!
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Note: This is a sponsored review, however like with all reviews in this site my opinion has remained unaffected