For instance, our Ooma is connected to a router and when you combine the router with a meager 1.5mps upload speed, there's a delay in the time the person you're talking to hears what you've said. So this can be a little bit of an annoyance, but not to the point that it would make us want to go back to a full-fledged land line. Plus I have the ability to check messages at home from any computer with an Internet connection, as well as see call logs and a few other nifty features. And with both spouses having cell phones as backups, we see no reason to go back.

(Not unlike cable, someday people may think it's weird that people ever had landlines. We're just ahead of the weird curve — or behind it, not sure which).

One other thing, we haven't yet paired my wife's cell phone with Google Voice because we have plenty'o cell phone minutes and we can't get a smaller minute package. However, if the minutes start running low, we may pair her phone with the Ooma using Google Voice.

All in all, I'd say it's been a successful venture. How successful?

1) We've saved close to $1,000
2) We've spent far less time watching TV
3) Perhaps most importantly, it's helped me realize what an accommodating wife I have!

What about you? Saved any money over the past year on digital services? If so, how? If not, why not?

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