At&t Calling Cards

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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AT&T calling cards are available in several different sizes. When you purchase a card it will have a predetermined value, in terms of either dollars or minutes. The final value is measured in "units," consisting of money or time. Getting the most out of your allotted units requires that you understand the charges and rates associated with calling cards. AT&T offers several different types of calling cards, each designed to meet specific needs.

Your AT&T phone card will feature a unique personal identification number printed on the back. After calling the toll-free access number noted on the card, you will be prompted to enter this identifying "PIN." When you enter this number, the phone service allows you to place a call, charging the length of the call against the number of units associated with the account. The number of units charged to the account may vary depending on time, location, and the type of phone the call was placed from. For example, most phone cards bill the account for additional units if the call is made from a payphone.

Getting the Most from AT&T Calling Cards

If your AT&T phone card's units are measured monetarily, the rates for placing calls will likely vary according to time and location. However, if the units are measured in blocks of time, such as minutes, the rates are more likely to remain consistent.

AT&T calling cards can be purchased directly from the company through their website. In addition, many retailers also distribute AT&T cards. The value of these cards can differ, depending on the retailer. For example, Wal-Mart sells AT&T calling cards for units of long distance service, from one hour and up. These cards can also usually be recharged by adding additional time with a credit card. However, the AT&T cards sold by smaller distributors, such as convenience stores, tend to use monetary units, and are available in $5, $10, and $20 sizes. These cards had generally been made for one-time use only, and could not be expanded with a credit card. Recently, however, this is starting to change.


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