I'm looking at these. They seem much less expensive with a payoff period of 3-4 months.
All my friends were on this last ski trip and had no problem at Denver Airport or Winter Park.
I'm currently on Sprint and had good service as well but there are three LARGE areas in houston that I travel through and there is essentially no service in those areas.
I get good service at my home and in galveston tho.
I recently cancelled AT&T basic line which was up to $40 (From $18 not that long ago)...
and went with Magic Jack.
It worked flawlessly for about 35 days. Then Comcast went down for a couple hours and after that the MJ didn't work for a little under 3 days (giving a 3002 error).
I changed the ip, changed the cords, etc-- nothing worked.
Then- it started working again and it's been flawless for a couple weeks.
Good for a second line- but not something I'd like to count on. Also- my credit card company could process the touchkeys on the menu- but not when I entered the credit card number! Wierd, eh?
But I mainly had the land line for long daytime 1-800 calls and to find my cell phone when I lost it. So MJ mostly works perfectly for that. Since I got it on a $20 off coupon- it cost me $29 total. I declined the 5 years for $19 per year until I know how the thing works. but $19 per year -- including long distance-- has got to put some pressure on AT&T and others.
There are other, mildly more expensive VOIP solutions like MJ to that might be more reliable.