Mothers reign supreme on Mother’s Day. That goes without saying. No doubt there will be gifts galore to paint a picture for mom as to why she matters so much. But a new survey indicates that what she might want more than a new gift or flowers is a phone call.

The survey was released from Rebtel and showed more than 60 percent of mothers are expecting to hear from their sons and daughters on Mother’s Day, and what mothers said they wanted most was a phone call, beating both hugs and flowers.

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • 90.8 percent of mothers listed speaking on the phone with their son or daughter as “very important”
  • 54.3 percent of mothers claim that they always get a call from their son or daughter
  • 35.5 percent of respondents said that the communication option they are least likely to use is mail / card, with the Facebook / social networks coming in second at 22.5 percent

In addition, 61.6 percent of respondents said price will have “a major effect” on the length of time they plan to talk. Even so, nearly 40 percent of adult children plan to chat for an hour or more with their mothers. Using VoIP calling services rather than using up minutes will surely ease those concerns.

If your mother is not yet familiar with VoIP, you may want to direct her to something that is probably used by many of her friends and family members. Five of the biggest services come to mind: Skype, Viber, Oovoo, Facebook Messenger, and of course Rebtel. Each of these services have a large number of users, and therefore will not only serve as a way to call mom this Mother’s Day, but will also be a gift that keeps on giving year round, whether it’s being able to call family and friends on special occasions or simply as an aid in saving money for even more special gifts.

“Mother’s Day is consistently one of the heavier call days of the year and the fact that nearly 38 percent of those who responded plan to talk an hour or more with their moms reinforces why this is the case,” said Anna Alenius-Mathson, head of communication at Rebtel. “The reason moms prefer a phone call could be the long distance and a hug is not possible, so hearing your son of daughter’s voice is the next best thing.”

VoIP service calls will not be deduct minutes from your calling plan, but they will count as data usage. Still, especially for those on unlimited network connections or Wi-Fi, that won’t be a problem. And besides, even if you’re not, talking to Mom for a few hours is well worth a few more MB of data usage on the phone bill.