Phone cards are a great way to keep in touch with your loved ones while you're serving in the military. Whether you're on U.S. soil or abroad, phone cards help you easily and inexpensively make phone calls. A phone card is also a great addition to any care package.
Here's a list of our best recommendations and tips for purchasing phone cards for loved ones in the military.
- Works from AT&T tents on U.S. military bases worldwide including Iraq (rate varies based on location).
- This is the genuine full service AT&T phone card designed to work around the world. Most popular for day to day use while traveling in the USA or abroad, as access numbers are available for over 200 other countries.
- Interstate rates only a nickel a minute (5¢/min) in the USA including calls to and from AK.,HI.,P.R.,USVI. Intrastate rates may vary. Click here for intrastate information.
- No service fees and never expires.
- Available in denominations of $6.25 and $59.99.
- Dial from a phone number originating in Iraq and from over 100 other countries.
- Flat rate with no service or fees.
- Available in $25.00 denomination.
- Great phone card for calling to or from U.S. originating phone lines or to locations around the world.
- Includes access numbers for the USA and 100 other countries, making it great for use from home, school, work or travel.
- Rechargeable, so you can top off from any Internet connection.
- Six second billing--if you talk for 5 minutes and 1 second you pay only for 5 minutes and 6 seconds, versus other card that might round up to 6 minutes or more.
- Available in denominations of $25.00 but is rechargeable from $20 to $100.
Tips Before Purchasing a Phone Card for Someone in the Military
- It's best to first know what kind of phone will be used to place calls. If your loved one has access to only AT&T phone tents or pay phones, the AT&T Prepaid Phone Card will be the only one to work from those phones.
- Many soldiers prefer phone cards with smaller denominations that can be used up in one call. For most, that's the best way for them to budget their time with the phone card.
- If you know that the person you're buying the card phone has a mobile phone that they'll be calling from, it's best to have them try the access number for the phone card first before purchasing the phone card. If they are prompted to enter a PIN, then the card will work from their mobile phone.
- If your loved one will be calling from a pay phone, please note that some pay phones outside the United States may impose high surcharges that may reduce the total number of minutes you'll receive with your phone card. If the pay phone is in the United States, the payphone surcharge per call is listed with the card detail information.
- Make sure to read through all the details on the About This Card and Instructions pages. This will help you better understand each card's specific details as well as the dialing instructions you'll have to follow. Also, country specific information such as access limitations are listed with the country's access number on the access number list for each card.
- If your loved one has e-mail access, ZapTel's phone cards can easily be sent to them virtually. If you'd like to include the phone card with a care package, use the Print-n-Go link next to the PIN you purchase to print out the phone card to include in your package.
To all U.S. Armed Service Members - We thank you for your service!