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Thanksgiving Special- Get 15% Bonus For Your Recharge!
The Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful tradition – a time to bring the family together to share a meal and give thanks for all the good in our lives. We at Pingo want to thank you for your continued business. And we want to help you reach out to your distant loved ones this Thanksgiving.
So we’re offering a 15% bonus on recharge of your Pingo account between 21st November and 26th November.

Please check your email account that you use to receive Pingo notifications to claim your extra 15% recharge bonus

This is a special one-time offer and it is for a limited time only, so take advantage on your recharge between November 21st & November 26th.

Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

The Pingo Team

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** Please Note: This offer is not transferable and it will not work with any other account. Please allow up to 72 business hours for bonus to appear in your account. The offer is valid from November 21st to

November 26th 2012. 15% bonus will be applied to only 1 recharge. (For example $20 recharge will result in $23 with this offer) This bonus is available only 1 time. Offer expires November 26th 2012.

 

Pingo Service Update: Local Access Service is Restored!

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned previously, we experienced connectivity issues using Local Access Numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our dedicated employees worked diligently to restore Local Access Number service. Our Toll Free service is still available at no additional cost, however regular charges for this service will resume on Friday, November 9, 2012.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we worked diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access Numbers.

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Dial The World!

Importance of Documenting Phone Records for J1 Visa Spouse Immigration

A J1 visa is a visa that allows someone from a foreign country (non-US citizen) to come to the United States in order to participate in come sort of activity that promotes the exchange of cultural ideas. More specifically it is granted to students that come to the United States to study business or medicine. Residents of some countries are required to have a job offer secured in the United States before they can start the J1 visa application process.

Spouses and unmarried dependents under the age of 21 may apply for something called a J2 visa. This visa is for those family members to join the employed J1 visa holder or enrolled student J1 visa holder in this country. The J1 visa categories of child care providers, youth counselors, high school exchange student ecetera do not allow for J2 dependent visas as they are only intended to be short term visas. The J1 visas, other than the short term ones just mentioned, can last anywhere from one year to five years.

In order to secure a J2 visa, you have to provide proof that the dependents you are petitioning to have join you in the United States of America are indeed your dependents. This is proof must show that you are the financial support for those people. That could be your spouse, any children (adopted or natural born), etc that derive their financial support from you, the J1 visa holder. This proof can be in the form of marriage licenses, birth certificates, adoption paperwork, etc.

Maintaining phone records throughout this process is never a bad idea. The original J1 visa holder is required to have sponsor. That sponsor is usually an employer or an educational institution like a university. The phone records of who was talked to and when could be used in the process of securing a Certificate of Eligibility (form DS-2019). Records of all communications with the United States Department of State and Department of Homeland Security could be of service in expediting the matter. All calls should be documented by recording the day, time, location, and person (or persons) spoken to.

About the Author
Jo Harris is a writer and the Director of Content for the Morgan Law Firm, an Austin, Texas divorce firm. Please visit the Morgan Law Firm Blog for additional content.

Related Blog Post:

Phone Card Can Help You Win Family US Citizenship after Student Visa

Read this post to learn how using Pingo to call family while away from home can help with visa applicant call records to help show their family relationship is intact and genuine.

Disclaimer:

his site does not compensate its guest bloggers for their posts. The opinions expressed in the guest posts are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the posts for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this guest post.

Pingo Service Update: Toll Free Service Available at NO Additional Cost

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned previously, we are currently experiencing connectivity issues using Local Access numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we still do not have a reliable estimate of when this problem will be resolved. In the meantime, Pingo toll-free access is working normally.  

Please use the following Toll Free Number: 1-888-967-4646

As a courtesy to our customers, for a limited time, NO additional charges will be assessed for using any of our Toll Free Access numbers to make your calls during the service outage period. We will notify you when the Local Access service is fully restored, and at that time, the toll free charges will resume.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we are working diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access numbers.

If you have experienced a problem using a Pingo local access number, we want to know about it. Please fill out the trouble shoot form so we can diagnose and resolve the problem.

http://www.pingo.com/en/troubleshoot.do

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Pingo Local Access Number Outage Due To Hurricane Sandy

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned prior, Hurricane Sandy severely impacted our systems, causing widespread damage and power outages. Our dedicated employees worked day and night to get your service back up and running yesterday.

However we are currently experiencing connectivity issues using Local Access numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we do not have a reliable estimate of when this problem will be resolved. As soon as we do, we will communicate that information. In the meantime, Pingo toll-free access is working normally.  

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we are working diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access numbers.

If you have experienced a problem using a Pingo local access number, we want to know about it. Please fill out the trouble shoot form so we can diagnose and resolve the problem.

http://www.pingo.com/en/troubleshoot.do  

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Pingo Website & Service Are Now Restored

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

Pingo Website & Service Are Fully Restored!

Hurricane Sandy severely impacted our systems, causing an interruption of Pingo service for several hours. Our dedicated employees worked diligently to get your service back up and running.

Regardless of what Mother Nature brings, our commitment to you remains stronger than ever.

Thank you for your patience, and as always, we greatly appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

- The Pingo Team

Project Bread’s Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon

iBasis Project Bread Bowl-a-Thon scheduled for tomorrow evening has bin postponed since the bowling alley will be closed due to Hurricane Sandy in Boston.

Project Bread Bowl-a-Thon is part of our companies “Corporate Social Responsibility” to help a great cause.

Project Bread’s Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon

Sponsored by iBasis

Today, thousands of people in Massachusetts experience hunger because they cannot afford adequate food. Local families are struggling even more this year to put food on the table because of a recent rise in the cost of everyday food and the high cost of living in the state.

In fact, many families and individuals who never thought they’d need to ask for help are now having to decide between paying rent, getting medical care, or buying food. Money raised through Strike Out Hunger will help our neighbors get through the tough winter months that lie ahead.

Register today as a team captain, recruit teammates from your friends, family and co-workers, raise $650 or more per lane as a team and join us on October 30th for a good time while making a real difference.

Don’t have a team to join? Join Team Project Bread and have fun and meet others who are also passionate about ending hunger in Massachusetts!”

Looking at some old tweets from @TelphoneCard you can see some of the money we have helped raise for this local cause.

8:11 AM – 16 Nov 11

Pingo / iBasis Project Bread Bowl-A-Thon last night raised about $27,000 which was more then last year of about $22,000 for @WalkForHunger

9:15 AM – 3 Jan 11

80 bowlers from iBasis attended Project Bread Bowl‐a‐thon and raised almost 10k for a great #charity #cause.

Speaking of great causes….

store owner needed a micro loan to help buy supplies

Check out our post on Facebook.com/YoPingo

“Help the world with a FREE $25.00 micro loan (While Supplies Last). Sign up for Kiva now to make a difference.
http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/GlobalPhoneCards Please like & share this post to help spread the word!”

Check out the previous blog post we did about Kiva on how to “Fund the World with a Free $25 Kiva Micro Loan!

* Disclaimer

Photo in this post is owned and credited to Kiva.org. The opinions expressed in the Bowl-A-Thon event details are those of Project Bread and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis. In addition, iBasis does not review the content for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in the quoted content provided by Project Bread.

Pingo Supports the New York Nigerian Independence Day Parade Celebration

Pingo was proud to help support the New York Nigerian Independence Day Parade Celebration with a booth at the parade & attend the Nigerian Cultural Night Events.

Check out the 100′s of photos we took at the Nigerian New York event images on flickr. Also watch, subscribe, like & share all the Nigerian Video’s captured on Pingo’s YouTube channel.  Amazing to see all the Green White Green Nigerian pride in New York City!

Please share this post with your friends, Facebook & Twitter!

Global Business Card Etiquette

By Guest Blog Post Author David Grebow on behalf of VistaPrint.com

Using a business card correctly in a global economy takes some knowledge about the way other cultures use their cards. Here’s a short primer on business card do’s and don’ts

Doing business in a flat world means you will be doing business with people from other countries. Whether you are traveling to a meeting in another country, or the people from another country are coming to meet with you in the U.S., etiquette is etiquette. It is important to show that you know the proper way things are done in their country.

As it happens everywhere, the meeting usually begins with the passing of the business cards. I said usually, but we’ll get to that. First, the general rules of playing international business cards.

In most countries, with the exceptions being North America and Western Europe, the exchange of business cards is a ceremony of great importance. Let’s begin with some general tips.

The current universal standard has not changed in many years. The business card still needs to include the name of the person, the company name, a company logo, if applicable, and the relevant contact information, including:

  • Street address
  • Postal code
  • Country
  • Telephone and fax numbers with country codes, and
  • Email addresses

Traditionally, black ink is used on white card stock. The typeface, usually serif, should be legible and professional-looking. The international standard for card size is 85.60 x 53.98 mm (3.370 x 2.125 inches).
Business cards are an internationally recognized means of remembering who was at the meeting. Make sure you have enough clean cards and that they contain the most up-to-date contact information.

Here are more tips on the card exchange:

  • When you are presented with a business card from anyone, make a point of looking at it and asking any questions you might have about the information printed on it. Do not just slip it into your pocket.
  • Business cards are generally exchanged at the beginning of the first meeting and not at any followup meeting unless new people are in the room, and then only they exchange business cards.
  • Do not carry your cards loose in your pockets or allow them to become bent or dirty. Invest in a small, discreet card case.
  • Never write on your card or on any card you receive unless directed to do so.
  • In North America and most of Europe, it is acceptable to have a simple statement or selling point about your business or service. However, it’s not such a good idea when presenting the card outside those geographical regions.

A few words about words. It is good etiquette for any meeting with businesspeople from another country to also print your contact information in their language on the back of the card. It is also good business etiquette to present the card so the recipient’s language is face up and facing them so they can read it as you hand it to them.

Hire a professional translator or agency and make sure your title indicates your position in the company hierarchy. Also make sure the correct dialect is used, and that any cultural nuances are observed. For instance, foreign translations of business cards for use in China are often printed with gold ink, which is considered auspicious.

Now for the fun part: Other countries and other business-card presentation etiquette. Here are a few of the key tips to remember:

Japan:

  • Business cards are considered an extension of your business and are exchanged with great ceremony. (That’s why this list of proper etiquette is so long.)
  • Invest in quality cards using a better card stock than you would normally choose.
  • Always keep your business cards in pristine condition.
  • Treat the business card you receive with great respect.
  • Make sure your business card includes your title since the Japanese place emphasis on status and hierarchy.
  • Business cards are always received with the right language facing the receiver using two hands holding the card by the corners.
  • When receiving a card, bow out of respect and read the card as if to memorize the name and title so you can match it to the person later.
  • If you are presenting cards to more than one person start with the highest ranking individual and move down according to the protocol of rank.
  • Never present a business card during a meal.
  • During a meeting, place the business cards on the table in front of you in the order people are seated.
  • When the meeting is over, put the business cards in a card case or a portfolio, not in your pocket.

China:

  • Have one side of your business card translated into Cantonese or Mandarin and printed in gold ink.
  • Your business card should include your title.
  • If your company is the oldest or largest in your country, that fact should be highlighted on your card.
  • Same basic presentation rules listed above for Japan also apply to China. Hold the card in both hands when offering it and bow, and carefully read the card when you are on the receiving end.
  • Present your card before you ask for one from the recipient.
  • Never write on someone else’s card unless so directed, since it is considered a sign of disrespect.

India:

  • If you have a university degree or any honor, put it on your business card.
  • Always use your right hand to give and receive business cards. Note: This practice should be followed with businesspeople from any Islamic country as well as from many parts of Africa.
  • Business cards need not be translated into Hindi as English is widely spoken within the business community.
  • In India, business cards are exchanged even in non-business situations, generally after the initial handshake and greeting.
  • Always present the card in a way that the recipient may read the text as the card is being handed to them.

Korea:

  • When you receive a business card from a Korean, simply nod your head as a gesture of respect and thank the person for the opportunity to meet with them. No need to bow.
  • Unlike in other Asian countries, it is appropriate to put the card away immediately in a simple card holder. Looking at the card too long is regarded as ignorant and impolite.
  • It is preferred that you present your card to a person before asking for their card.
  • Again, present your card with both hands, Korean text side up, text facing toward the recipient, and give a gentle nod of the head. The nodding of the head is especially important when meeting with individuals senior to you.

Brazil:

  • Language, again, is important. When you conduct business with a Brazilian, have business cards printed one side in English and the other in Portuguese.
  • Distribute these to everyone present when they arrive, making sure the Portuguese text is facing up.
  • If you arrive first, present your cards right away.

Here are a few general rules for other countries, as well:

  • In Iran, only senior-level individuals exchange business cards.
  • In other Arabic nations, like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, cards are given to everyone you meet.
  • In Hungary, on the translated side, your surname should precede your given name.
  • In Spain and Turkey, the business card should be presented to the receptionist upon arrival.

As you can tell, every country has its own way of conducting business and its own business card etiquette. Make sure, aside from learning the above rules, that you talk with someone who does business with the country you want to learn more about. Use the library or go online. Contact the Department of State or the country’s embassy. What you do — or do not do — will set the tone for your entire meeting.

For more information, visit: http://www.ats-sea.agr.gc.ca/exp/3754-eng.htm#g.

Guest Blog Post Author

David Grebow is a freelance business journalist who writes for Vistaprint, a global leader in marketing products and services for small businesses. David is a writer, editor, and author of many books, including “A Compass for the Knowledge Economy.” He holds an MBA from Harvard, and his work has been published in Harvard Business Review and The Economist.

Disclaimer:  This site does not compensate its guest bloggers for their posts. The opinions expressed in the guest posts are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the posts for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this guest post.

Global Mobile Web Traffic Statistics

Just wanted to share some interesting global mobile web traffic statistics compiled in this info graphic produced by Go-Global.com

With Pingo your can dial the world while your on the go with Pingo EZ Dial app. Make a mobile cell phone call from 40 countries globally. Pingo EZ Dial app is compatible with 450 mobile smart phone models.  Then check out Pingo Soft Phone feature for web dial calls from up to 200 countries for just 1.75 U.S. cents per minute.

Check out the global country call rates . Then take advantage of Pingo’s $10 call bonus promotion on $20 min. sign up! That’s valid to new customers only.

Mobile Web Traffic Statistics
Infographic by- GO-Globe.com

Remember to check out Pingo’s global country call rates.  Then take advantage of Pingo’s $10 call bonus promotion on $20 min. sign up! That’s valid to new customers only.

Info Graphic Disclaimer:  This site does not compensate for sharing info graphics. The opinions expressed in this info graphic are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the info graphic stats for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this info graphic produced by Go-Globe.com.