Sovereign Bank has added a calling card feature to its debit cards.

Customers can dial a toll-free number to buy prepaid calling time with their Sovereign Visa check cards. They can purchase minutes in any amount up to their available balance.

Phone calls cost 25 cents a minute to anywhere in the United States, Germany, England, or Ireland. "This feature makes the process of using calling cards seamless and extends the already convenient feature of a Visa debit card," said Eric Hien, vice president of direct marketing at the Sovereign Bancorp subsidiary.

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