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Calling cards for Mexico- Panama to call US?

Does anyone have any recomendations about a calling card company that sells calling cards known to work from Mexico - Panama to call the US at the best rates and reliabillity?
Any advice would be graetly appreciated.

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I was calling from the cabinas telefonicas (little calling booths everywhere you look) for about 10 cents a minute. I never checked Skype, but I just made some calls from Colombia for 2 cents a minute to either land lines or cell numbers, which is essentially free.

Whenever I buy a phone card I end up losing it, leaving the country before I get to use it, or in other respects wasting it. Of course, that´s just me.

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Good to know. Thanks Mark.
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In Mexico get the calling cards sold by Farmacias Similares , they are quite inexpensive for calls made from hotel telephones and streetside phone booths. They hook into the Verizon Internationl system.
Also in Mexico the Ladatel phone cards are the next cheapest option.
For Central America you will have to buy a card in each country as far as I have experienced. Even though they are put out by the same companies there does not seem to be the option of using minutes in different countries.
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I vote for Skype. I´ve been traveling (for the past 5 months) with a netbook computer, and I buy "Skypeout" credit that allows you to call the regular phone system for about 2 or 3 cents a minute. 90% of the places I have stayed had wifi, even in some pretty unlikely locations. The bonus with Skype is that if your family and friends are running it on their computers at home, you can call them for free (with video!)
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