I just saw that Vonage is upping the stakes on international calling with V-Access. If you have Vonage, then someone in Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US can now just call using their local rates. That is, they call a local number in that country, then key-in your phone number, and voila. This is already on top of free calls from the US to Western Europe (France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK), Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Since everything runs through the internet, they can offer all this stuff, not to mention all the other features that come with the package automatically–caller id, unlimited long distance, vmail, call waiting, etc. The cool part is that you can take your local number with you anywhere you can get access to high-speed internet, but it’s like your right at home with just a normal phone instead of being tied to a computer. We call the states all the time, and there’s never any delay or distortion. We just had a cable modem back in the states and vonage, that way we could cut out the local phone company charges. Unfortunately, they only have DSL in this part of the UK.
I feel like it’s a commercial, but it just works so well for our international experience, it’s hard not to share it with others. If you’re interested let me know, and I’ll send you a link. That way we both get discounts if you sign up.