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1. Posted by edplatz (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

Thought I'd sign up on here to ask a question, but the place looks interesting so I might stick around for more than just the question.

Anyway, my father is having a problem with the calling cards he keeps mailing to his family in Germany. They used to arrive just fine, and his mother and brothers would use them to call him when he (my father) wasn't calling first. Starting a few years ago, but getting more frequent in the last year or so, the calling cards would not show up. It's not hard to imagine someone along the way feeling a card through an envelope and ripping it open with the hope that it's an active credit card or something -- and then deciding to keep the calling card (there have been a couple ones that arrived late in "damaged" envelopes, I guess someone didn't want the calling card).

The only way we've come up with to get around this was to include the card in a package of other stuff. Well, there are only so many times you can send baked goods through the mail before it gets tiring and frustrating. Sending it in a cardboard "priority" envelope is pretty annoying as well. Your thoughts, suggestions, advice? I told my father I'd ask some people in a travel community since they probably do things like this all the time.


2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ed,

First of all, you don't really need to have the card to use the service, do you? As far as I know, all you need is the card/account number, PIN, and the phone number to call to use the service. How about writing down the details on the card on a piece of paper and send it to Germany as a normal mail? Alternatively, send it via email if possible, or ask your father to just tell them the over the phone when he calls them, which is way much faster.

Oh, and welcome to Travellerspoint! Hope to see you around in the forums. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 25, 2007, at 7:34 PM by Hien ]

3. Posted by hillis (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

True . . . it's the account and PIN information they need, the plastic card is actually a bit of a nuisance. There are also online prepaid calling accounts, such as, that don't even bother with the plastic.

4. Posted by goodyboo (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Does he have to send an actual card? I am using phone cards that just has a PIN number and there is no real card to carry around. He can just give them the local access phone number and the PIN number and that's it, it works like a charm:

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