We have a toll free number and i am not sure I would bother if I did it today. almost everyone uses cell phones here and long distance is free.That's a great idea.Colleen, you might consider MagicJack. They sell them at Walmart here, so they should be available everywhere. Consumer Reports investigated it a couple of years ago and said it really works. It's a good product.
You plug any regular phone into the phone jack on the little MagicJack box, then plug the MagicJack into your computer modem (cable modem or DSL modem). Then you just use the phone like any regular phone, but the calls are going over your Internet connection rather than the phone company lines.
All calls are free, even international. Directory assistance is also free. They assign a free phone number to each MagicJack box, so all guests would have a private line with their own phone number.
An alternate way to hook it up is to plug the MagicJack box into a USB port on an Internet-connected computer, so IF the guest has a laptop, they could make calls over WIFI without need to run a cable from the guestroom to your Intenet router.
The MagicJack costs about $35 (one-time cost). The first year of service is free. After that it's $20/year..
I had that rolling around in my head along with the other loose screws, lol but your pointing out the benefits helped alot.
The cell phone reception here varies by provider.
At one time I recall you could get a toll free number for people to call you on but I can't remember where or if it still exisits. Have you heard of it?