maybe you all know already, but there is now a bit of software
available called Skype (www.skype.com) which would enable us
all to call each other when active on the Internet, using the internet
instead of the telco's for a voice call.
It's free, and available for your favorite OS.
It also offers conference calls and text-chat (also free).
you pay a reasonable fee if you want to call up an oldfashioned
normal telephone extention instead of another skype account.
reasonable meaning cheap if you live very far apart, because
distance plays no role in skype tariffs (see website).
keep up the good work !