Landlines, apparently, not only still exist, but people still use them. While the call quality might be slightly higher, so is the cost. If you are just starting out, or looking to cut costs, make the move to Skype.
Save some bucks
Skype costs $2.99/month for unlimited calls to the US. If you plan on calling internationally a lot, you can up your plan to $13.99/month for unlimited international calling.
Honestly, I have no clue what landlines cost these days, but I am guessing around $20/month for unlimited calls (and I bet that is guessing too low). Even if you could get it for that cheap, Skype would cost you $36 for the year vs. $240 for a landline.
Skype is nice because you can use it on your computer, and you can use it on your mobile phone. They are making a few changes that will make it awesome to use on an iPhone. One, the new operating system will allow multitasking, so you can talk over Skype and run other applications simultaneously.
Two, you can now make Skype calls over the 3G network. That is a huge upgrade, and an awesome feature to have. The only downside is that Skype will be charging a “currently-pending” fee starting in September to allow 3G calls. Even if it is $5 a month, that is still cheaper than a landline. Plus, your office phone goes where you go.
Skype is better than using a cell phone number
If you are into videoconferencing, Skype allows it. If you want to use your computer as your phone, Skype can do that. If you need to use someone else’s computer to make a call from your phone number, Skype can do that. In other words, Skype allows a heck of a lot more flexibility than anything else.