Vonage is great and consider Skype for international calls
You don't have to be a geek to use VOIP, but you should be able to power off and power on your equipment, in case it freezes up. I haven't had to push the reset button on anything yet.
Now that Verizon is offering DSL broadband Internet for $15 a month, it is harder to decide between the options. Cable Internet is faster, but usually the bottle neck is the speed of the Web server you are connecting to, rather than your connection speed to the Internet.
If you don't have or want cable tv, and can get low cost Broadband Internet from your phone company, keep your land line. If you have cable tv anyway, get cable Internet, dump your land line and get VOIP, especially if you also have a cell phone as a back up. It is great to be able to get all the extras, like caller id, free long distance and voice mail, without having to pay extra. And the best thing is that I don't get any telemarketing calls! (I chose not to transfer my land line phone number.)
I have had Vonage for six months, with Comcast Cable Internet, and it works great. I have the $15 per month for 500 minutes plan. Call clarity is as good as a land line. However, of course, if Internet service goes down, VOIP doesn't work, so I also have a cell phone. Since the phone plugs into the router, phone service still works even if your computer is down (or even if you don't have a computer.)
My sister has Sunrocket, which is very inexpensive, especially if you pay for a year in advance ($199). She is happy with it.
For International Calls, consider Skype. The basic Skype service only works between computers. You both have to have your computers on and Skype software running. I usually call with a regular phone first and then talk on Skype. Sometimes there is a bit of an echo and sometimes it is as good as a land line phone. And it is totally free. If you have a computer microphone and speakers or headset, it is very easy to set up Skype. Some of the most non-geeky people I know are using it. www.skype.com
Since I needed a wireless router for my laptop anyway, I purchased the Linksys WRTP54G wireless router and got a big rebate from Vonage. I like that it comes with quality of service capability to give voice calls higher priority than computer web browsing, but I can't tell if it has made that much difference. If you already have a router, you can get a box which plugs into your existing router to give you the phone connection.
I was also concerned that my cordless phone might conflict with my WiFi wireless internet connection. This hasn't been a problem. I can have both right next to each other and they work fine.
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