On the plus side, their US rates have dropped from $0.0295/minute to $0.0200/minute. That’s $1.20/hour. My monthly long-distance bill has dropped off to almost nothing since I started using VoIP.
Just out of curiosity, I ran a quick search to see which countries I could call for under $0.05/minute. This doesn’t mean that all numbers are cheap (calls to mobile phones tend to cost extra), but that at least one part of the country (the capital city, if no where else) has cheap telephone access: >Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, US, United Kingdom
In other words, I can call pretty much every industrialized country in the world via VoIP for less then my ILEC charges me to call numbers 10 miles away.