by Donald Caddell
(San Diego, California, USA)
It is hard coping with technology. New gadgets come up almost every day, leaving people bewildered on learning these technologies. Aside from these emerging gadgets, people have their own computers, PDAs, mobile phones and fax machines.
It can be quite expensive too. Sometimes, simplicity is the key to keep up with technology. For those with a budget, here a few tips in savingmoney on phone calls:
Using prepaid cards can save you 60-80% off your long distance bills. You can purchase these cards according to your needs, preference, and location of your call.
Prepaid card denominations range from $5-$20. You just need to factor in the location and duration of the call – and you’re all set.
You can also use the prepaid card at home, at the office, even at the mall! One good thing about prepaid cards is that they are prepaid, which means that the call is paid for before you pick up the phone.
You just need to purchase another one when the card has been used up. No more risks of figuring out how much your monthly chat with your best friend will cost.
Long distance rates are also quite expensive. By knowing the amount of prepaid use, the only thing that you need to worry about is the duration of the call.
INTERNET/PHONE BROADBAND PACKAGES
It is more expensive to own a separate phone and a computer with broadband connection (DSL). It will cost about $100 to maintain these gadgets. However, if you are on a tight budget, then you should go for internet/broadband packages.
Nowadays, more and more people prefer using the internet to make long distance calls. They connect the internet to their telephone lines through a home phone service.
What this service does is that it converts your phone data into computer data. This converted data then travels through the internet lines, making communication faster. It is like receiving email seconds after it has been sent.
However, it also has its negative effects. Like new technologies, the internet/broadband packages still have a lot of errors in it.
First, both parties need to have similar internet access to be able to make and receive a call. Second, the sound quality is similar to the early 90’s canned sound when people made long distance calls.
So which one do you prefer?
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