I have a son planning to phone our shaw phone from a USA payphone (in the States). What's the cheapest way to do that? Is there such a thing as a Shaw calling card number from USA or third-party billing?
The cheapest way is to buy one of the calling-cards from well anywhere.. Making sure it has toll-free access,
He may also want to look at the rates for the cards when he is there, Shaw is parterned with a prepaid calling card service, but their rates aren't that good.
For a really simple solution, but maybe not the absolute cheapest, try getting a toll-free (800, 888, 877, 866, 855) number for yourself, then it will allways be active, won't expire and anybody you give it to then can use it. (You'll be paying the per-minute long-distance charge yourself)
So I can get a phone card here in Canada that he can use there? He doesn't have the ability to travel to a corner store where he is to buy a card (except maybe at the airport where he'll be phoning from, but we don't want to get stuck with no reasonably priced options if he can't). Thanks.
Yes, most will allow calls from both Canada and the United States
Check the fine print on the card, does it have toll-free access, is there a per minute fee for the toll-free access number, and what is the outgoing cost when making a call
Depends how much he is going to call you, if he is only going to talk or a few minutes for a couple calls, most $5 cards will work (just confirm US access)...
Canadian Tire gas stations last time I was in one had 30 minute trial cards sitting beside the till
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