Not everyone can afford to switch their phone service to "all distance", but we do have email anyway.
There used to be a way to talk long distance through the computers. Quite a few years ago, I did it, but no way can I remember how. It was so long ago it was through a dial-up isp connection (AOL). I wonder if it can still be done? You might be able to use Skype or Face Talk?
You can still do this, if your phone is set up for wi-fi and you have wi-fi in your home. You just have to link up the phone to the wi-fi connection. I use my cell that way if I am at home, because using it with wi-fi doesn't use up minutes. Every brand of phone has a different way to set it up, so you'd have to look on the net or call your cell phone carrier to figure out how to it. I have an LG smartphone and my carrier is T-mobile and the setup required about two easy steps. I guess you could look in your phone's manual, but the print in mine is smaller than the directions on an Excedrin bottle, so it is useless to me.