How do you communicate with back home?

#1
Hola fellow defecters, the Mrs. is doing an article on how to communicate globally. Would anyone like to weigh in with their favorite ways to go about this, ie skype, vonage, im, etc. Gracias!
 
#2
Vonnage is fantastic. You can choose any area code and speak through a phone, just as though you are in the US. For $30 USD a month you have unlimited calls to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico plus unlimited fixed phone calls to the UK, Eire, Spain, Italy and France (no charge for calls to cell phones to North America but to Europe there is a charge - not to fixed phones). It's an incredible service that really reduces distances.
 
#3
I call through the internet using Skype. I can call land lines and cell phones anywhere for a small fee or talk computer to computer for free.