Believe it or not, there is now a super value call back card for Malaysians, to call countries like India, Bangladesh, and even Nigeria. It is called Accha.
(If you already know about the card, & would like to purchase it, just leave a comment with your contacts, fill up the form below otherwise keep-on reading or call/sms 017-5952524.)
As I have blogged before, we typically use iTALK to make calls locally from our house phone to mobile and national numbers in Malaysia. The rate is also pretty good for places like UK. However to call countries like India and Bangladesh, iTALK doesn't really offer the best deal. To read more about iTALK and maximising your savings, click here.
This is where Haja Call comes in, and offers great value for money, mainly calling to Indo-Pak (Bangladesh inclusive). If you're calling from your house phone, Haja Call is definitely the best value for money. You can read more on Haja Call by clicking here.
But as life has it, we're always on the go, we're in a rush, and need to make calls to family and friends while on the go, i.e. the advent of the mobile phone. Furthermore, there are many people especially foreign workers who wouldn't have access to a landline phone, and therefore need a call-back to their mobile phones to make a call (coz everyone knows making overseas calls direct from your mobile is just way too costly in most situations). And here is where Accha comes in.
The recently launched Accha - strictly a call back card. We've been using Achaa call back for a couple of times now. Call quality was good, it felt like calling from a home line to a home line. Didn't give a VOIP feel. It was pretty impressive for a call-back card.
What you need to do is just miss call (so you shouldn't be charged) and wait. Now the system calls-you-back, (i.e. where the term call-back comes from). Interestingly for my case, the call back number that shows on my mobile is my own number? Not sure how that works :)
Ok so for the first time you'll need to key-in your pin number which you can purchase by filling up the below form. Next it'll ask you to make a call. For future calls, just miss-call the call-back number and it'll recognize your number, so you can then call the number you want to call by just pressing the number on your mobile, followed by # of course.
Remember DO NOT press the Call/Send button on your mobile, otherwise you'll be actually calling the number using your mobile and not the call-back.
Another good thing about the call-back is you can top up your current account easily if and when you buy additional call back card.
The talk time of 48 true minutes to India for RM10 for a call back felt really worth it. They've now also changed the call back number to a 1800 number, which is more convenient and should offer a better call back sucess rate.
Basically Accha offers call-back to most of the countries around the world. Here's a comparison table between Accha Call-Back and iTALK. This rates should be true on date of this blog posts unless the reference I am using are outdated. iTALK rates sourced from http://www.i-talk.com.my/ and Acchaa rates sourced directly from the Accha people.
I have been selective in the below table, so as to indicate where you'd get the best call-back value using Accha.
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To read the table, if you want to know how many call-back minutes does Accha give you for your RM10 call-back card, refer to column B. Column D gives you how much it cost per minute. So then looking at column E & F, you can now directly compare how much cheaper it is relative to iTALK. Easily put, what you're looking for is the lowest number (i.e. how much does it cost per minute) when comparing column D,E & F.
For comparison sake, e.g for calling India, using Acchaa for every minute you call to India, you'd be paying RM0.208 compared to using iTalk you'd be paying RM0.50 for every minute to India.
In another perspective, for RM10, using Accha you get to call India for 48minutes, and for the same RM10 on i-Talk, you get only 20minutes. So you're getting more then double your value when using Accha.
Basically you can see that Accha offers a very good call-back rate, namely for the following countries India,Bangladesh,Greece - Athens,Hong Kong, Ireland,Sweden,Thailand,Australia,Austria,New Zealand, Pakistan, Nigeria,Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates
Summary : Till date this is the best available call back card to India, Bangladesh and a number of other countries. In a few words, Accha Call-Back bahot Achaa hei. (Accha is really good).
To purchase Accha (or Haja Call) or for any other queries, you can fill up the below form and I will get back to you. Otherwise just leave a comment with your contact details or call 017-5952524. You can purchase this card at selected retailers, or if you would like to purchase online, the pin number and details will be emailed to you after receiving payment thru Maybank, you can click on below.