Right now I’m spending about $30 for voice and dialup together, plus maybe $10/mo for phone cards (although that may go down).
I’d be tempted to switch to a cell phone ($40/mo or less, if I glom on to Jodi’s AT&T plan) and dump the landline except that I use the latter for dialup.
Verizon DSL requires landline voice service and some sort of package deal, which means it’d cost about $60 for DSL+voice and let’s say $40 for cell. Not a bargain.
Cable modem probably costs about $50 without cable (or $60 with ultra-basic, I’d guess); still not much of a bargain.
So it looks like even if I don’t use the landline for anything but dialup, it’s still the cheapest option. Unless you count burning airtime for 9600bps cell phone data, which I don’t. So if I want a cell phone, I’m not saving any money by getting it. (Jodi’s doing all right because she gets wireless-to-T1 at her apartment.)
Damn it, why won’t someone next door get a WAN that I could steal?
Ah well. Maybe someday we’ll have one home and two jobs instead of the other way around.