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Why Use a Prepaid Calling Card?

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Prepaid calling cards allows you to conveniently make national, long distance and international phone calls without monthly fees or being locked into costly landline rates and plans. Although prepaid calling cards are no longer as popular as they once were, and some companies were shut down due to lawsuits from the FCC, there is still a substantial demand for them.

How do you define a “prepaid calling card”?

Prepaid calling cards are either physical or “digital cards” that hold a preset amount of talk minutes valid for phone calls within a specific country. Some companies and cards offer special times and promotions for specific countries; for example, the card can offer a certain amount of calls for the United States and Mexico, but not for Brazil. Usually, the owner of the card pays for a package of talk time, and to make a call, they will dial a certain code before the destination’s number. Prepaid phone cards can be used from any landline and most cell phones.

What happened to prepaid phone cards?

Some prepaid phone card companies were closed by the FCC because of cases of fraud; a lot of companies made promises to give a lot of minutes for a very low price. The old saying of “if something sounds too good to be true, then it likely is not true,” is correct in this instance. A lot of the cards promised to offer 1,000+ minutes of talk time, but then charged separate hidden fees for just using the card. Some companies even limited to the amount of continuous talk time to one hour. The companies did not fully disclose the fee schedules on the card’s packaging, and as such, millions of customers were charged unknowingly. However, at the time, prepaid phone cards were one of the few alternatives to expensive long distance landline phone plans.

How have prepaid phone cards changed?

The FCC cracked down on prepaid phone card companies, and now they are much more reputable. Companies including Wal-Mart and AT&T  are now one of the biggest companies to offer prepaid calling cards. These companies offer dependable cards that are security encrypted and guaranteed by reliable and well-known companies.

Who should use prepaid phone cards?

If you travel abroad, or you’re in the military, Issa Asad highly recommends you to get a prepaid calling card from a reputable company. These cards offer you international phone calls at a drastically lower price, which is something many cell phone companies cannot offer. Prepaid phone calls are extremely valuable if you ever travel, or your cell phone loses services, lost, stolen or is broken. The military also enjoys using prepaid calling cards, as it allows them to stay in touch with their friends and family, regardless of where they are stationed.

Prepaid phone cards are ideal for niche and targeted segments of the telecom market. Some people that are included in this niche are people who use a landline plan and do not car for continuous long distance service. Instead of using a cell phone, these people can get local and long distance nationwide calling for just $40 a month, and taxes and fees.

Blackstone Announces IPrepay, Inc. Acquisition.

blackstoneMIAMI — Blackstone announces its acquisition of the assets of IPrepay Inc., a leading reseller of prepaid products and services. The Blackstone acquisition of IPrepay calls for Blackstone to service all IPrepay locations, leveraging Blackstone Proprietary Platform under its current patent and also under its new patent U.S. Patent No. 7,181,416 issued on February 20, 2007.

“Blackstone is delighted to commence this rollout to IPrepay retailers, a leader in the telecommunications industry. It is exciting to offer their customer base convenient, personalized prepaid products and services utilizing Blackstone’s proprietary technology. Our platform and functionality enables us up to create the standard for technology and leadership in the prepaid marketplace. This will expand and widen our electronic footprint within the U.S.,” said Luis Arias, CEO, Blackstone.

The acquisition will expand the products and services offered by IPrepay, Inc. to include the entire Blackstone suite of patented technologies. Issa Asad, President., IPrepay, will sign a national distribution agreement to market all of Blackstone’s products and services to retail locations.

“Blackstone is the perfect solution for our distribution model, which is based on having locations and powerful products to drive revenue and traffic. Adding Blackstone products and technology with IPrepay’s distribution platform will close the gap with our current market and ensure a competitive edge,” said Asad.

Established in 1995, Blackstone has successfully managed to bring a complete end-to-end prepaid program to all retailers regardless of their size, through various electronic Point-of-Sale solutions and physical distribution. Blackstone’s product line portfolio includes an assortment of brand-name phone cards, wireless recharge cards, mobile content products, prepaid handsets, bill payment processing, credit & debit card merchant services processing, gift card/stored value card reloads, web services and international hosting solutions. For more information, please visit our website at www.blackstoneonline.com or contact us at 1-800-639-9590.

Issa Asad