Picture this. You have friends or relatives out there in this big, big world. The only connection you have to them is e-mail, texting, BBM or perhaps traditional letters à la snail mail. You have tried VoIP on your computer, but due to timezone differences you gave up on that idea - not to mention of the weak connection and stuttering audio. You probably get to see just once in a lifetime and can only dream of a face to face conversation. Trust me, I know exactly how you feel now.

Exchanging messages or letters does not quite cut it, though. No matter how many emoticons you use, hearing the other person talk is just a completely different experience. Dialing an international number through your carrier can get very expensive, though. But sometimes when you do not have that calling card handy, you simply lean towards this costly route and probably end up with a $1000 bill. Been there, done that. As much as I would like to call my friends and family, I simply do not have a thousand dollars to spend every week or month, so there must be a better approach. And maybe, just maybe there is.

JAJAH, the popular telephony service for making cheap international calls, takes the calling card concept one step further: meet the Honest Calling Card. With low rates and no hidden fees, it is the only one of its kind and is available in both physical and online form as well as a BlackBerry application. Interestingly, when you buy the Honest Calling Card App, its cost equals the amount of calling credit purchased. In other words, you pay for as much as you have the need to. Best of all, calls made with the Honest Calling Card may be tracked online ensuring that "rip offs" are a matter of the past. I definitely like this idea, as it would allow me to carry a virtual calling card with me wherever I am - or at least where I last placed my BlackBerry, which thankfully happens far less than misplacing my calling card!

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