Are you still using a land line phone? Conventional (old-fashioned) phone service is getting more and more expensive and the alternatives have never been more reliable if you choose correctly. Long distance charges totally disappear with most VOIP phone services. You can make calls more conveniently from your computer with many of them. Most cable and internet service providers offer inexpensive phone service that has become increasingly reliable and offers more voice mail and custom messaging, phone-number filtering and other options at no extra charge.