Ok, so voIP looks really cool. I just signed up with Vonage.com, the largest and best voIP provider in the US. They give you a device that has an ethernet port on one end and a phone jack on the other. You just plug in a normal phone to it, and you’re set to make phone calls through your broadband Internet connection. No normal phone line required. It can be used with ANY broadband connection ANYWHERE in the world. You can also make phone calls from your PC. You can choose a phone number from area codes all over the US, Canada, and even internationally. You can even have multiple numbers in multiple locations. Everything’s web-based, including checking your voice mail while away (or getting it via email). As low as $15/mo for 500 minutes anywhere in US/Canada. Check out their website for more info.
With this service and cable modem Internet access, I won’t even have to have a normal phone line. I’ll let you know how the service works out as soon as I get it set up. Any calls to other people who have Vonage are free, and they have referrall incentives, so if anyone else is thinking of signing up, let me know first.