The answer depends upon your long distance usage,. especially if you need
international calls. Some of the suggestions you're receiving don't
consider international calls, which are important to me. My Embarq LD plan
costs $3.00 per month and US LD calls are $.10 per minute. International
calls are also at an attractive rate which varies by country.
One family member living in England signed up with Vonage and was given a
Virginia telephone number. That means I can call him from my cell phone at
no cost (within my time limits) or landline for $.10 / minute, which is very
economical for me.
Embarq is my local phone co., and I have several other complaints, but their
LD service is good.
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