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A magicjack is a good option for many people, providing very low cost phone service, through your internet connection.
Typically residential internet service is not capped in anyway, so if you wanted to plug the MJ into your laptop and leave it on at all times (presumably you would, so phone would be active at all times), you could certainly do that. You should not have to worry about affecting your landlords internet bill
the MJ really does not use a lot of data, far less than say watching movies online.
There are several comparable services to MJ, including Vonage, Ooma, and Basictalk. Vonage and Ooma are more for advanced users (more features) and cost more. BasicTalk is more comparable to MJ in features and price.
All require buying the basic equipment (to plug into your computer or router, though MJ would work best in your particular situation as it will work directly with your laptop and not require physical access to the router), and then paying a monthly or annual fee.