Pingo announces lower rates on calls to the Philippines -- 13.75 cents for calls to landline phones and 14.5 cents for calls to mobile phones. The Philippines is one of the highest-volume calling destinations in the world, and is a particularly popular destination for users of prepaid calling card services such as Pingo. Philippines long distance calls comprise approximately 4 percent of all international calls from the U.S.1
The reduction in Pingo’s international calling card rates to the Philippines is the result of RateWatcher, a feature of Pingo that actively searches for opportunities to reduce costs and pass the savings along to Pingo phone card subscribers. RateWatcher is just one of the features that makes Pingo “the last calling card you’ll ever need”. With RateWatcher, Pingo calling card customers benefit from the worldwide buying power of iBasis, one of the largest carriers of international telephone calls in the world.
By monitoring changing long distance costs around the world, RateWatcher finds opportunities to lower Pingo’s costs, provide low international calling rates, and save Pingo subscribers from the chore of having to compare a multitude of prepaid calling card offerings. Previous RateWatcher reductions have included lower rates to many of the most popular calling destinations in India, Latin America, and Asia, as well on calls to almost one billion mobile phones in 100 countries.
“With Pingo we are able to leverage the scale and efficiency of the iBasis global VoIP network to offer exceptional prepaid calling rates combined with great convenience features,” said Ofer Gneezy, president and CEO of iBasis. “There are large Filipino communities in the U.S. and in many of the other 34 countries where Pingo is available. We believe this RateWatcher reduction will help Pingo attract many new subscribers while rewarding existing customers.”