My friend is in Japan, doing a stint teaching English, and she feels that she has stumbled upon the best solution for phone stuff in her situation. I thought I would pass it along if anyone could think of American or other foreign country implementations. She bought a ~ $12 headset, downloaded Skype, and uses it to call all of her computer-literate friends. Her problem was how to deal with her not computer-literate family members. She bought some Skype out. She priced the cost of a local line with international long distance, and the cost of having Skype in, and found this to be the cheapest option. So, anyway, I just thought I'd pass it along.