AIM Phoneline - good, or awesome?

So I'm living in a new area, far outside my old area code. I still have my old mobile phone plan, and won't be changing for a while. But I needed a local phone number without really needing a phone line.

So I saw an ad for AIM Phoneline, which gives me a free local phone number for voicemail, which I can access over the phone or through my browser. And, if I install the true blue AIM software client, I can actually answer calls from my PC.

I guess this has been available for a while, but I had no reason to look into it until now. It's pretty damn cool, and since I'm applying for jobs, it gives people a local number to call.

Beware the dark side. Once you install AOL, forever will it dominate your system registry.

wordsmythe wrote:

Beware the dark side. Once you install AOL, forever will it dominate your system registry.

My distaste for AOL software is why I don't have it installed. I can just check the voicemail through a web browser. I'd only need the AIM software if I wanted to be able to answer calls, but I don't need that. As a pure voicemail, I can do everything I need over the phone and over a browser.

wordsmythe wrote:

Beware the dark side. Once you install AOL, forever will it dominate your system registry.

Consume you, it will!

Look into some of the skype deals. I don't know if they have exactly what you want but I've heard a lot of good things about the pay services and I use it to talk to my friends overseas.

Renji wrote:

Look into some of the skype deals. I don't know if they have exactly what you want but I've heard a lot of good things about the pay services and I use it to talk to my friends overseas.

If I needed that level of service, I would. I use Skype for PC-to-PC. But being able to have a local number for people to call, without having to pay anything, is awesome. I don't need it to be anything more than voicemail, so this is great for me.