Calling Now Phone Card
People with family or friends overseas spend more than $2 billion a year on prepaid phone cards. But Consumer Reports found some enticing cards can be a pricey way to phone home.
Mary Meza uses phone cards to call her family in the Dominican Republic. But she complains she doesn't always get as much calling time as she expects.
"I get really angry because I think it's not fair," she said.
Consumer Reports analyzed more than 130 prepaid phone cards. Most cost just $2 to $5. They look like bargains, but Consumer Reports found lots of problems.
"Three quarters of the cards we looked at didn't tell you how much it cost to make a call. You usually never found out until you were on the phone," said Robert Tiernan of Consumer Reports.