Anyways, I digress. After cutting the cable, I started looking into alternative services for Mandy's mom's telephone line. For a basic land line, she's paying nearly $60 a month for nothing but an occasional call to Hong Kong. So I have been looking into VOIP programs and Costco is promoting one called Ooma. I had thought about Skype, but Mandy's mom does not use computers so that was pretty much not an option.
The biggest difference I found between other VOIPS and Ooma is that Ooma is a one time equipment fee of $129.99 with no additional monthly charges (except for state-regulated taxes). I was rather skeptical so checked them out online, and if there FAQ sheet is true, her phone service with Ooma will soon cost only $4.00 per month.
There is a number transfer fee of $40 dollars, a one time charge, but all domestic local and long-distance calls are free. Mandy worried about rates to Hong Kong which is what her mother primarily uses this line for, but it's only $0.029 per minute! Makes me think of those old Sprint(?) adds where the taxi driver counted out change in dimes, "one minute, two minute, three minute" except I guess it's "three minute, six minute, nine minute".
So I'm going to set it up tonight at her house in LA and we shall see. And if the many reviews online are to be believed, it should be pretty effortless.