The convenience is hard to argue with, but there is an alternative for long distance, at lease for those who have or can get a wired phone. Calling cards! There are many available, and their rates can be really good. Some go as low as 1 penny per minute (I've seen lower too). Here is just a sampling:
And some, if not all, of the cell phone companies offer there own too.
Obviously, some are better deals than others. It pays to make comparisons. I've used Callingcards.com off and on for 10 years or more, and it's worked pretty well. I'm not trying to recommend them, just letting you know I've gone this route successfully. There have been rare times when I could not connect via a pay phone when I've been traveling, but as I said, that's been rare. And calling regularly from your home phone should pose no problems.
Two issues to keep in mind, other than the need for access to a wired line. First, the basic rate is not the only thing to compare. Some have maintenance fees, weekly or monthly. Some have connection fees for each call. You will need to figure what works best for the calling you do – lots of short calls, lots of long calls, a mix. It will take a little study.
Second, contacting these companies is usually done via the internet, and for MCS/ES people that poses a problem. You will probably need someone to do the basic search on line, but it looks like there are customer service numbers you will be able to call. I can't guarantee this, but it should be possible to get a card/set up an account that way. That is how you can "recharge" the card too.
The reason I bring this up in this blog is that electrical sensitivity is not something a person should keep challenging by using cells phones. It seems that, like chemical sensitivity, continued exposures make things worse over time. And MCS/ES people can feel pretty damned isolated. That means the telephone link is important.
By the way, I have found over the years that people who can get their chemical sensitivities under control (this means practicing avoidance seriously) often find their electrical sensitivity gets much better. I hope this helps someone.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year — and Happy other holidays too.
P.S. For those with ES, you might find the post 'Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Search tool for antennas and towers' below helpful.