There are several calling cards in market to make calls to India from countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada etc at cheaper price than regular mobile phone rates. Most of these calling card companies provide similar features but what differs is the call rate, quality of customer service, additional features and customer friendly policies.
Based on these we have compared 4 calling card services; Pingo, IndiaLD, Rebtel and RelianceGlobalCall. If we only look at the calling rate, then IndiaLD is clear winner but if you look at its policies and service more closely, you will know that you’ll always be at risk of either losing un-used funds in your account or exceeding the useage over and above funds available in your account that will result penalty(high call rate).
So, over all, our verdict is that Pingo is the best calling card that supports softphone as well. So, you can make calls from PC to mobile as well as mobile to mobile. Using PC to make calls will save the cost of making calls to access numbers as well!
See Detailed Comparison Below:-
|Regular Call Rate||$0.0175||$0.0150||$0.0179||$0.0199|
|Call Rate after your account is short of funds||$0.0175||$0.3900||$0.0179||NA (Prepaid)|
|Expiry of Funds||Never||After 30 days||After 12 months||Depends on plan|
|Maintenance Charges||$0.98/Month||Nil||Nil||Administration Charges Vary|
|Billing Cycle||Auto-Recharge as funds finish.||Monthly-Automatically charged to your CC at end of billing cycle.||Auto-Recharge as funds finish.||PrePaid|
|Is SoftPhone Available||Yes||NO||NO||NO|
|Toll Free Access Numbers||Available @ extra $0.01 / minute||Not Available||Not Available||Available @ extra $0.01 / minute|
|Local Access Number||Several Local Access numbers||Only California Based Access Number||Several Local Access Numbers||?|
|Call Quality||Very Good||Good||Good||Good|
|PayPhone Fee in US||$0.650/call||$0.800/call||Can Not Call From payphone||$0.690/call|
|Pros||No Billing Surprises|
Great Calling Rates
As Softphone is also available, you can make calls from your laptop and save the cost of calling access numbers.
Good Customer Service
|Lowest call Rates||Great Calling Rates||?|
|Cons||Monthly Maintenance Charge||High Call Rate if your call exceeds the amount available in your account even when you have allowed indiaLD to charge your CC automatically|
No Option to stop automatic billing to your Credit Card
Unused Funds expire after 30 days
Local Access numbers not available for every state in US. So, you need to call California access number, and your mobile phone provider will charge for it..
No toll free numbers available.
|No Option to Call From payphone in emergency.|
Softphone not available
|High Calling Rates|
High Administration Cost
Average Call Quality