You may have heard of Sipgate by now, but if not…pay attention.

A phone service called Sipgate will give you one free number and 60 minutes of outbound calls per month. And for a fee, you can have up to 100 lines for your corporation. It is a VoIP service, similar to Skype. But you get a phone number, not a handle/username.
You also download software, which turns your computer into a phone. Or if you wanna spend money you can purchase special Sipgate/VoIP handsets.

Now, if you have a Google Voice number, you can add your Sipgate number and make calls from your computer.  And since your Google Voice rings your Sipgate…you are not being charged outbound Sipgate minutes!

Some really smart folks have put the tutorials together on how to get Sipgate up and running, so please refer to them.

You can record your conversations on Sipgate.  You can do conference calls. You can connect/transfer people to each other.

I don’t think you should give up your landline, but Sipgate makes it tempting.

Special thanks to MakeUseOf.com‘s Tim Lenahan and LifeHacker.com‘s Kevin Purdy.