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Phone Card & Calling Card Access Information

There are two points to be considered when purchasing and using a Phone Card:

  • The cost to use the Access Number of your chosen Phone Cards 
  • The cost per minute from country to country (charged to the Phone card).

Below we have detailed how Access works, so you can ensure that you make maximum savings when you have bought your International Phone Cards online.

Freephone (0800) or (0808) or Toll Free numbers

The additional charge deducted from your phone card when you use the Freephone access number is typically between 3p and 5p per minute - depending on which brand of Phone Card you purchase, we have many Phone Cards available online, and it may be worth using our quick selector to browse the range of phone cards we offer.

You will find details of Freephone Surcharges displayed alongside the relevant phone cards in our online store  - although in some cases there is no charge for using this access. Using Freephone Access Numbers ensures that all costs for your call are deducted from your Prepaid Phone Card.

Our rates are based on local access, please see each card description for the free phone surcharge, although some phone cards have no surcharge to access the free phone number such as First National Phone Cards and the Go Bananas Phone Card.

Using the Local Rate (0845) or (0207) Access Numbers

You may be able to save even more by using either the Local Rate (0845) or the (0207) access numbers. This will allocate the Access Surcharge to the phone that you are using and the International Call Charges to your phone card.

Making greater savings will depend on when you're calling and where you're calling from. For example, if you have free national calls included in your landline phone plan, it would be cheaper to use the (0207) number. Some phone cards will have a connection charge rather than a 'pence per minute' surcharge which is ideal for lengthy calls. Full details are displayed alongside the relevant Phone Cards in our online store at Planet Phone Cards.

(0845) numbers are becoming a more popular access code as charges are typically between 1p and 3p per minute.

Mobile Phone Access

As most people have mobile phones, access via this route very important. When using a mobile, the most popular number to use is the (0207) option - especially if you have 'free minutes' in your calling plan as you will not pay the access charge. (0800) or (0845) access numbers may be charged at different rates. Please check with your mobile phone service provider before you use your Phonecard.

If you use the (0207) access number but don't have any 'free minutes' in your calling plan, you will be charged at your 'pence per minute' rate, depending on the time of day, again, check with your mobile phone service provider for your rates.


Typically there is an additional surcharge for using a payphone, details of which are displayed alongside the relevant Phone Cards in our online store.

Global Phonecards

Using payphones abroad can cost a fortune when calling other countries. This is why Global Calling can save you a fortune at Planet Phone Cards.

Our Global rates in our call calculator are based on freephone access, when using a mobile abroad, please check with the mobile provider for the charges to use the access number prior to use.

For a list of Worldwide access numbers please click on our Global Codes Page.

If the country you are calling from or to is not in our call calculator, just send us an email to with the country you wish to call from and to, we will then advise you the rate and minutes for your chosen call.

Remember to take your Access Number, PIN and Helpline Number with you when you travel.

In Summary

The key is to use the call calculator to find your best rate and Phonecard and then use the most effective Access Number to suit your needs. This will ensure maximum savings. Or you can now use our easy quick selector to view all Phonecards, this enables you to browse our products and select the best Phone Cards that suit your needs.

If you are unsure, contact either the phone service provider or the customer service number for your particular card to establish the Access rate.

If you have any questions please email:
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Customer Reviews
Aiden Felton - 15/04/2010
Satisfied with the connection of the phone and the minute allowance. Happy that there is an offer available as well. This does however seem to be the only card with a promotion on overall. Happy Customer!
John - 21/01/2010
Planet Phonecards has improved so much since the new site was launched. I can search easily to find the best card for me by using the call calculator. All the extra information is easy to find and if I need to check any of the charges, I can call the card supplier. If I have any queries I can simply email Planet and they look into it for me straight away. Excellent Site and Fabulous Service!
Eva Golding - 02/05/2010
Planet Phone Cards has saved me so much on international calls to my parents. They decided to move abroad after retirement and to call them on my mobile means I can use my minutes and speak any time for less. I have a good 3 months to use the card which is positive as there are so many minutes available to call their landline in Portugal.
Paul Toner - 02/03/2010
I love the new offer on the Story phone cards, it is such a good service, fantastic quality calls as well. I will be sure to recommend your website to my friends and family!!!
Josh Thield - 12/05/2010
Best travel card I have ever had, the Story mobile saver cost hardly anything and the connection quality was better than any other I have had before. I only had one connection issue so I emailed Planet and they looked into this and came back to me straight away. This is excellent service as I did not have to try and call the Story customer services being out of the UK. Very happy with the service.

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