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Phone Card Connect Fee

The connect fee is sometimes called a "connection charge", "connection charge", or "connection fee".  This is a fixed charge for making a call regardless of how many minutes you talk or any other factors.

This charge dramatically increases the per-minute cost of short calls.

For example, let's say you use a card with a $0.49 connection fee, and a $0.01 per minute rate to make a 1-minute call.  The REAL cost per minute is $0.50!  For a 10-minute call, the real per-minute cost is $0.059, which is more reasonable.  A 30-minute call will cost $0.026 per minute.

For calls within the US, this cost may be as low as zero, but is typically in the range of $0.25 to $0.50.  For calls from the US to other countries, it could be anything!

Use our PHONE CARD CALCULATOR to see how the connection fee affects the cost of your calls.

Read the fine print!  If you don't find it there, it could be anything!