If you’ve lived in a major U.S. city, or anywhere else with a dense immigrant population, you’re probably familiar with the wide array of prepaid phone cards available for folks who want to make international calls. But a new investigation by our pals at Consumer Reports shows that these cards have complicated fee structures that could quickly eat up the value on the card.
When Janet purchased $5 worth of long-distance calls nearly 10 years ago from TTI (which is now a subsidiary of Verizon), she wanted to squeeze every last bit of value out of her purchase. When the last 14 cents vanished from her account, she began a crusade to get her money back. She was laughed off, dismissed and put down, but she’s finally claimed victory, ABC 7 of San Francisco reports:
MSNBC says that a recent study by the FTC showed that on average, prepaid long distance phone cards only delivered about half of the minutes advertised.