How did PipSqueak get cheap rates
when I get a headache whenever
I receive my phone bill?

It used to be IDD services that save money on phone calls, now with VOIP you can call anywhere for free* (notice that I use an asterix, I wish all businesses can survive by giving free stuff *wink*). Skype is one example of VOIP, you can call pc to pc (meaning you, the caller, and the receiver has to talk through your pc with mic and speakers/headsets) and also pc to phone line for a fee.