I considered a landline, but it's now fiberoptic in my town. So, in the event of a widespread power outage like we had a few years ago, the phone service would still be on the fritz.
I started with Magic Jack. Nothing but probs. They couldn't hear me or me not hear them. Complaints of echoing. Dropped calls. Frustrations.
Then I tried Net-Talk, same thing.
Then I tried Basic Talk. Echoing and poor call quality.
Then I tried Ooma Telo VOIP. Had for about two weeks now and no complaints. Crisp, easy to hear, no echoing or other digital noise. This one's a keeper.
Sure, the upfront cost kept me away, but after trying all the others, except Vonage, I went to Ooma. After the equipment cost it's free sailing. I checked my state taxes for California and was told $4.95 a month. THAT'S IT ! 5 bucks a month for home phone service. Even if you spread the cost of the equipment of $120 at $10 a month for one year to cover equipment cost, $15 a month for one year for phone service is a steal. After that first year it only costs you $5mo for the state taxes. NOT BAD.