Yesterday I was reading a post asking for advice about less expensive home phone service, especially for cheaper long-distance options. I left a comment telling him to check with his phone company to see if there is a bare-bones plan available (so he can keep his dial tone for 911 and his DSL line) and then install Vonage (or another VOIP program) for unlimited calling for about $25 a month. I have cable internet and Vonage, so we do not even have “regular” home phone service here, but if I had to have DSL I would try my suggestion for cheaper phone service. However, another reader left a comment about a USB port device called the Magic Jack, which proclaims to offer unlimited local, long distance, call waiting, voicemail and caller ID…for $19.99 a YEAR, not per month. Yep, a once a year charge of $19.99 is supposedly enough to get you full phone service for 12 months. It looks easy to hook up – you just plug your phone into the tiny device and plug the device itself into a USB port on your computer. So my question to you guys is – have you tried this? Do you know anyone who has tried it? I think I am going to sign up for the free trial to see if it works, and I will report back as soon as I can. I will gladly get rid of my $25 a month Vonage in exchange for $19.99 a year!