Thursday, April 15, 2010

Phone Card help?

When I live in Belize, I will have an IVG line in my home.  Essentially, this is a Washington DC (202) number.  That means I have free phone calls to DC or to 1-800 numbers.  I can’t however, call long distance in the US on this phone.  Most Embassy personnel, therefore, subscribe to a phone card to call long-distance in the US.
I have only been able to find pre-paid phone cards online.  I don’t want to use one of these because they have so many backdoor fees for maintenance or connect fees, etc.  Plus, I don’t want to buy two years worth of pre-paid phone before I leave. 
So, does anyone out there have any knowledge of phone cards, with access numbers and all, where I just get billed for what I use?  It does not need to have a good international plan or anything, just a simple US long-distance phone card.  If you have any info, please leave a comment below.
(Edit - Belize has actually blocked Skype and other services, so these are not an option).


  1. Oh boy, Al, beware asking help about cell phones. That is one of the lessons I've learned through blogging...unfortunately, I don't know anything about calling cards other than that they sell them in the convenient store in our apt's basement.

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  3. I am assuming you will have internet access, so you might want to look into MagicJack. Not sure if that's one of the services that is blocked...

  4. Hello! I am getting ready to sign up for my first try at the FSO exam - I was wondering if I could contact you for some help around what helped you the most as well as any other advice that you may have. I would love to hear from you soon - thanks!

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