Thanks for taking the time to read a little more about us. The site has six main areas that we dip in to; phone cards, roaming sim cards, voip, foreign currency cards, world time zones and dialing codes. It's difficult to know which to talk about first. The most novel and complex function is the phone card price comparison tool, so we'll go with that first.
The phone card industry complicates prices to an extent that borders on corruption. Often companies hide the true cost of cards. Even companies with good intentions may find they have to disguise their prices in order to compete. Our phone card price comparison tool is the solution for both these companies and consumers. We show all the fees clearly and calculate the true cost of the cards for given specifications, enabling companies to compete fairly and customers to choose easily. It is the only tool of its kind.
The voip and roaming sim cards comparison tools are like the phone cards tool. There are no other tools that compare the cost of calling, including fees like the connection fee. Most voip comparison tools just compare the monthly plan price and the roaming sim card tools just look at the rate per minute. Our competitors give inaccurate view of who is cheapest.
We are working with more companies to get their products on our price comparison tools. We use a variety of methods to import data including writing web bots to crawl their sites. The method we use is different for each company.
The newest addition to Time Dial is the foreign currency card comparison tool. Again we use web bots to get the data but unlike the other comparison tools this data is collected when you click the search button as exchange rates change often. It is the only tool on the web which actually compares the total cost of using foreign currency cards rather than just list a few fees and perks.
Our paid data providers for world time zones are so good we do not have to do any research in this area at the country and region level (we class regions as US states for example). We always show the correct time to within a second or two. The server is synchronised with an atomic clock and the two second error margin takes into account page loading time. We make no attempt to synchronise the time displayed after the page is requested as we don't believe it is necessary. The ticking clock keeps in time using your computer's system clock. Of course daylight saving times are taken into account. We update our data as country officials and press provide our data providers with up and coming changes.
We are unique in the information we provide at the city level. Other sites will display time zones and international dialing codes for countries and regions and maybe a limited number of area codes. We go a step further by providing, for example, the 2 area codes in Cold Spring Harbour, New York not just the 14 or so area codes for the state of New York. We do this for most countries in the world. Tennessee like many regions has 2 time zones; we display the correct time at the city level for multi time zone regions.
We have over 39,000 area codes from 182 countries in our database (more than anyone else, as far as we know) collected from various sources. The area codes for the US are from a paid source and are updated quarterly. When a city is moving from one area code to another, we will display the new area code. As for the rest of the world, our task consists of collecting data from many disparate sources and putting it together in one place. A free resource that is particularly useful is the MaxMind world city database. This helps us to map areas to regions. We also must mention the world telephone numbering guide, another great source.
So we hope you like the site and find it useful. If you do, that's great, send us an email. If not or you find an error or have news of an update, then send us two. We really like hearing from you.
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