Nothing Phoney About This
This seems too good to be true. The 900 MHz Uniden EXL cordless phone automatically selects the lowest long-distance rate from a database of major carriers whenever you dial. The phone, with an integrated answering machine, is just $70 ($40 without the digital answering machine) at www.uniden.com. The company claims you'll save hundreds of dollars annually on your phone bill. Bonus: the phone is headset-ready. If your phone is welded to your ear much of the day, a headset will make your day a lot comfier. Headsets in a range of styles are available at RadioShack for about $20.
Many homebased entrepreneurs prefer a two-line phone/answering machine. Try V-Tech's model 2960, for $139 including headset and shipping, at http://www.suttertel.com.
Get Your Fax
Yes, computers come with built-in fax cards. And, as a cheapskate, I hate to pay for convenience, but a stand-alone fax machine is a big convenience. Plus, you can use it as a low-volume copy machine. The Panasonic KX-FP101 uses plain paper, offers a host of features and is built rock-solid, all for $99 at the Electronics E-mall: http://store.yahoo.com/electronicsemall2k/
Do You Copy?
Unlike many personal copiers, Canon's are trouble-free. A great deal: a refurbished model PC745, which copies 10 pages per minute, enlarges and reduces. Get it for $389 at Comtech: http://store.yahoo.com/comtech9/canonpc745.html.