I am a student from outside the US and I study here. For a long time I've had to pay a lot of money for my international calls in order to be in contact with my parents. Then they purchased this starter kit and along with it they purchased a US based phone number (with the same area code as where I'm staying!). The shipment (international) was for free and so was the first month, so we can try this thing out. it's really cool the way it works. I call them from my home phone at the price of a local call, and they pick up the phone at my home country! if they want to call me, they do it for a very low rate (we bought a plan that gives you a phone number and 800 minutes a month to the US for $15 total). to sum it up, i'm really happy with this service. the quality is good and i can talk to my parents whenever i want to, without thinking of the price!