A lot of my friends moved away. Now I have really good friends that I talk to all over the united states. I know people in New York, Nevada, Georgia, etc. etc. I used to have to use my cell phone for long distance calls, then I ran my cell phone bill up by going over my minutes by 18 hours because of this. So my father decided that it would be a good idea to change our phone service so that we have free long distance. He changed to Vonage and now we only pay 24 dollars and 95 cents a month no matter how much we talk. Now we have free long distance, caller id, call waiting, call transferring, voice mail, 3 way calling, etc. So now I don't need to worry about running the phone bill up. It's a great deal and you should take it, it's cheap and has everything.