I haven't had a "land line" for several years. My cell phone has done all my heavy lifting and even then, it doesn't amount to much. I pay ~$50 a month for cell phone service. That is $600 a year to talk for maybe 90 minutes a month if I am feeling really chatty.
In an effort to simplify and cut costs I have been looking at alternatives. I ran across the following deal $199 for a year of unlimited phone service (free National long distance).
It is a VOIP service that gives me two phone numbers that I got to choose(distinctive ringing). The full set of "features" that are extra charges with traditional plans are included in the yearly fee. Voice Mail, *69, three way calling, caller ID, call blocking etc...
The service comes with a web interface that lets me track calls in and calls out, an integrated contact list. I can forward my numbers to other phones by setting up a "follow me" schedule. If I get a call during my scheduled work hours my work phone rings... during commute hours my cell phone rings (if I decide to keep my cell phone).
I can pick up voicemail via the web or have it mailed to my registered email address. All in all it is a phone service that is fully integrated with the internet. This for the cost of 1/3 what I would pay to Verizon for a traditional land line(s) with the same service package .
I opted for the cheapest plan wich is to pay $200 up front the company also offers up a month to month plan with no commitments is $25. The company has been in business for 4 months now if you are not an early adopter you may want to wait a bit and see how things shake out, but this is a deal. If you already have cable or DSL for Internet access you might want to consider if this phone service is for you and say goodbye to your local telco.
I'm not affiliated with this company in any way other than as a customer.
sunrocket.com if it flies it is going to push traditional telcos hard.