If you haven't seen it, consider Google
Voice for your US cruising telephone and SMS communications
. (Skype still rules outside the US. Presumably Google
will bring Google Voice to more countries)
You get a free US telephone number from Google (you can choose from a long list of available numbers in just about every area code)
When someone calls this number, it will forward to a US number of your choosing. It can even ring more than one phone
at the same time. You can change the forwarding phone
numbers online or even have it forward to different phones based on who is calling or the time of day. This makes it possible to switch between cell phones, landlines, local marina lines...anything without telling people different phone numbers.
If the phone isn't answered, Google acts like an answering machine except that it will both save the audio and send you an email
of speech to text conversion of the message. It's not a perfect transcription, but plenty to decide if you care to listen to the message.
You can play the audio of a voicemail message by either calling your phone number or clicking on the message on your computer and listening to it on your computer speakers.
It will forward SMS text messages like phone calls and also turns the SMS into an email
This means that one check of your email also checks voice mail and text messages.
You have to ask for an invitation - that seems to come in a few days:
I love it.