If both callers are using Skype, the calls are free, but you also can make low-cost calls to landlines and cell phones all over the world.
If her favorite way to relax is with one book in hand, she might enjoy relaxing with the 1,000 she could store on an electronic reader.
Many bookworms love Amazon's Kindle, which comes in a variety of sizes and gives readers access to more than 500,000 books, in addition to a wide range of magazines, newspapers and blogs.
The 6-inch version weighs 10.2 oz. and is one-third of an inch thick. The 3G-enabled device lets readers download books quickly without a WiFi connection and it can store up to 1,500 titles.
But this year, there are other options too. Barnes and Noble's Nook runs a version of the Android operating system and can support several different e-book formats, such as PDF, FictionWise and PDF.
It also has a 6-inch screen and weighs 11.2 oz. It is both 3G and WiFi-enabled and lets users connect to WiFi for free from any Barnes & Nobles bookstore.
Kindle Price: $259 Nook Price: $259
It may be the tech toy du jour, but even the lowest-tech mom could fall in love with the iPad.
The newest device from Apple, the iPad makes it incredibly easy to relax on the couch and surf the Web, e-mail friends and family, watch videos and more.
It's a higher-ticket item, but if your mom is on the market for a new computer to meet basic needs, it might be a great alterative.
Without an on-screen keyboard, she can keep in touch with the ones she loves. She can take it with her on long flights and she can easily show off pictures of kids and grandkids. It's an easy-to-navigate device that could make computing fun.
Price: $499 and up