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The best way to make sure you get the right local phone service for your needs is to shop around.
A comparison search engine is a great place to start and will allow you to directly compare up to three phone services at a time. If you run it multiple times with different services and keep printouts of each, you can then go through each one side by side and see how they all stack up.
Be sure to take a look at all the "service" charges at the bottom of the page that are listed instead of just the published rate. That way you will be sure to have all the facts when making your decision.
Take a look also at local-only services versus local and long distance packages. Often, the combined savings results in a better overall deal.
Be sure to review your current usage, if you are away from home a lot and just don't use your phone, a measured rate service with a very low monthly fee may be the best option.
Last but not least, take a look at the features that you currently use against those offered. Features, such as caller ID and call waiting with caller ID, can be significant time savers.