lookoutforteng: In England landline calls are free? Wow, that would never happen here in the US! It used to be that local phone service was relatively cheap, but calling outside of your local zone cost an arm and a leg. They finally wised up and most phone companies charge very little or nothing for "long distance" within the US, but the base local rates have gone WAY up! Over here, if you are single (and therefore only need one phone) and depending on your plan, how much you use it and whether it is bundled as part of a cable/phone/internet package, etc., your cost for a cell phone may be the same or less than a landline.