Since TWC had a deal if you added phone service with your cable and internet service, I took it. The only people who call me on that phone are solicitors. I don't remember the number when asked and it is a different area code than my cell phone (which has the original area code for this area.) Because a fire took out ATT service about 10 years ago for six months, I only had use of my cell phone and never went back to ATT. The new computer phone hook-up is annoying as calls and voices fade and drop out, so I continue to rely on my cell phone.
(Re: buying a laptop) For those, like me, who have a hard time moving the pointer around on your laptop, Logitek has a wireless full size mouse that works great. They also have a full size wireless keyboard if you feel you need that as well.