Yesterday, after Keman's rant about horrible cell coverage, I went out and bought a Vonage VOIP phone system. Circuit City had a Linksys Wireless-G router + Vonage VOIP for $130, with $190 in mail-in rebates. Yes, that means they're paying us $60 to use it, which covers installation plus two months of service. 'Course, we also had to buy a phone to go with the system, as Keman made me throw our wall phone away a few weeks ago. See, my hoarding behavior would have been justified!
The system was real easy to set up, too. Plug it in, turn it on, wait about 5 minutes, done.
The router's kinda neet, too. It's Linksys's new design, slimmer than the old one, silver case, with bright blue blinkies. Oooh, shiny.
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If you already have Vonage, it doesn't count against your minutes or ours.
If you don't already have Vonage but were thinking about getting it, let me know and I'll refer you, that'll get us both a free month or two of service.
Oh, and the cost? $30 setup fee, $15/month *including* all the features that Verizon bundles for three times that cost.. Voicemail (which you can get over the internet), caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call transfer, etc. And you can get a phone number in any US area code no matter where you are. And for $5 extra a month you can even get a foreign telephone number so your friends in other countries can call you as though it were a local call. I think that's kinda neat.