THE CHATTER Bug is about the size of a computer mouse, but it has the power to provide unlimited long-distance calling in the U.S. and Canada for $9.95 a month. The device, which plugs into a regular phone, routes long-distance calls through normal phone lines to an Internet portal, which carries the call to the recipient's local exchange. Unlike Internet-based phones, it doesn't require a computer or a high-speed Internet connection.

The Chatter Bug costs $24.95, plus $9.95/month. Contact Laguna Wave at 866/690-3919, visit or, or circle 187.