Something I do not understand.
If you are using Voip you have to have access to some sort of internet connection. For example here to have DSL you must have a phone line. So what is the deal of using VOIP if I have to have a phone line to have DSL to use something like Skype? For $38.00/mo. I have unlimited calling and long distance within the US. I hae no need to call anywhere outside the US. Can anyone enlighten me why there would be a need to have VOIP?
That is your situation and if you do not have the need then fine.
Others do not have the same setup nor indeed the same charges/costs you have.
For instance if my wife wishes to speak to her sister in Australia I have a choice ... use the landline at more than $1 equivalent per minute or use the VOIP at 2 cents per minute.
My son used the VOIP the other day to phone a friend who is travelling the US for the summer. His 20 mins call cost less than $0.35 equivalent ...... the landline charge would have been more than $20
I regularly use VOIP to speak with friends and have no worry about tying up the land line or duration or cost.
Once the router is switched on I can make and receive VOIP calls from my phone.
It is not a matter of needing DSL to use VOIP ...... it is more a matter of making better, more expanded use of the existing DSL connection for other purposes.
I can set up a specific 'number' for specific purposes (no cost) and issue that number, for instance, to this forum. When I no longer wish to receive calls from this forum I just delete the number. Presently I have about 8 active numbers, but can add and delete numbers as is my wish.
So yes if you did not have internet connection at all then it is probable that it would not be cost effective to get it just for VOIP. On the other hand there are likely locations where it would be cost effective. Most countries do not have call costs similar to the US.