Call Chicago with a Calling Card

Calling cards and prepaid phone cards are a great way to save money on international calls, but they add a few steps to your dialing sequence. If you have a card with PIN-free access and speed dial, then it is a little simpler.

If you make a lot of calls to Chicago or elsewhere, especially calls to and from the same numbers, you will save time by buying a calling card or prepaid plan with advanced dialing features such as PIN-less dialing and/or speed dial.

With PINless dialing, your calling card will recognize your account automatically if you call from certain pre-registered phone numbers. With speed dial, you can use a short code to redial international numbers you call frequently. Not all calling cards offer these features, so look for them specifically if you make a lot of calls.

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Call Chicago with a Calling Card

Here's how to use a calling card to dial an international phone call to Chicago:

1. Dial the calling card access number

You must first dial a toll-free access number or local access number to connect into the calling card company's communications network. You can find your calling card company's access numbers on the company's website or on the card itself.

Note that higher rates often apply to toll-free access numbers.

2. Dial the calling card account number and/or PIN

Your calling card or prepaid calling plan will have a unique account number and PIN. Once you connect thru the company's access number, you will generally be prompted to enter one or both of these numbers.

In some cases with cards with PINless dialing that are bought online, you may have been able to pre-register your telephone numbers, so that your account is recognized automatically via called ID.

Your account number and PIN will have been emailed to you or, if a physical card, will be written directly on the card itself. The account number and PIN uniquely identifies your specific card so the company can track your calls and verify your minutes.

Account numbers and PINs can be tedious to punch in, so you should consider buying a PIN-less card which allows you to pre-register certain phone numbers you are likely to be calling from. After you spend a few minutes setting up PIN-free dialing, the calling card company will recognize you when you call from any of your designated phone numbers.

3. Dial your Chicago telephone number

Once you are fully connected to your provider's telephone network, you need to dial your destination phone number in Chicago. Follow the Chicago dialing instructions shown here - except that many calling card companies do not require you to dial the international access code (step #1). You need to check with your calling card for specifics.

In other words, with most calling cards, the international number you need to dial will simply be:

If you have a card with Speed Dial and have already registered your destination number, you will simply key in the appropriate short code to place the call.

4. If you want to make another call...

Many calling cards allow you to make multiple calls in one 'connection'. For cards with connection fees, this can save you money.

Where supported, you generally terminate your current call using a special dialing sequence- for example, ' * * ' - and then immediately dial your next call starting with the country code. See details for your specific card.

If you need further help, please check with your calling card provider for specific instructions. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to assist you.

Dialing Tips

  • Buy a calling card with 'PIN-less' access if you dial from the same phone(s) regularly
  • Buy a calling card with 'speed dial' if you call to the same numbers often

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