Lingo is one of the best options for those looking to switch over to VoIP without investing money in hardware and peripherals. The provider offers a number of great service plans geared towards new users who are looking to ease into the technology. Their feature set is adequate for the casual user, and they also offer integration with mobile devices – not to mention a large roster of countries to make calls to internationally for free.
The Residential VoIP provider provides its customers with a free ATA and complimentary activation to help them jump right into using VoIP without breaking the bank. Lingo's prices are lower than some of the leading providers, and they are offering their first month free as a great incentive with all their plans for a limited time. WIRED Test Magazine selected Lingo Internet phone service as “Editor's Pick” ahead of Vonage, Comcast and Verizon.
Most Popular Plan: America Unlimited Plan; World Unlimited Plan – The plans available are broken down into three different categories, National (America) Calling Plans, World Calling Plans, and Mobile Plans. While the national and world plans offer three classifications in and of themselves, mobile plans only offer two. Amongst these various choices however is the America Unlimited Plan, which is the provider’s most popular residential plan. This plan includes unlimited calling across the US and Canada; however, it is subject to additional fees when making International calls. Aside from minutes, this plan, as well as all other Lingo plans, allow users to keep their phone numbers, include 20+ calling features, free activation, free equipment (for new customers-limited), and no annual contract(s) (for new customers-limited).
As mentioned above, the America Unlimited plan comes equipped with over 20 features including: Voicemail Anywhere/anytime, Local Numbers Worldwide, Caller ID with name, 3-Way Calling, Speed Dial, Call Forwarding, Simultanous Ring, Calling Waiitng, Call Return (*69), Call from your Computer, Directory Assistance, Caller ID Block (*67), Anonymous Call Rejection (ACR), Do Not Disturb (*78), Last Number Redial (*66), Enhanced 911 Service, Emergency Calling Service, Easy 911 Dialing, Online Account Management like My Account Portal, Payment Information, Recent Activity, New Phone Numbers and Lines, and Manage Call Features.
Lingo’s various plans can fit to residential needs, as well as the needs of small businesses or home offices. Lingo unlimited service offers International calling to 45 countries. Aside from the national plan(s), Lingo’s World Unlimited Plan offers the same unlimited rates with no additional fees for international calling. Instead of offering free calls to US and Canada, it offers free calling to the US and 45 countries. The World Unlimited plan also comes with all the features of the America Unlimited Plan.
Pricing: Pricing for each plan, both national and world, varies depending on the minutes allotted. In regards to the America Unlimited plan, there is a charge of $22.95 per month; however, Lingo does offer the first month free. Additionally, the plan is subject to additional fees and taxes. In regards to the World Unlimited plan, there is a charge of $23.95 per month. As with the America Unlimited plan, this
plan is also subject to additional taxes and fees.
The America Unlimited Plan does not include International calling, which is subject to additional monthly fees based on location. Additionally, plans are also subject to premium rates, which are charges at a higher rate per minute than regular numbers — these numbers are not included in the unlimited plans.