Lara Reviews & Service Offerings
|Monthly Fee||Setup Fee||Contract||Speed||Monthly Usage|
|$$34.95||Shipping: $$50 Other: $$5||No||
Download: 7 Mbps
Upload: 1 Mbps
Cap: 300 gb
Lara is an Internet service provider with headquarters in Burlington, Ontario. The company also offers phone services, domains & hosting, computer repairs and also sells computers, monitors etc. through an online e-commerce store.
In our review of Lara, we will look at their ISP services and see how they compare with Gonevoip’s top Internet providers.
Lara offers residential high-speed DSL Internet (both home and business) and dial-up Internet.
Their high-speed DSL packages include the Residential DSL service and the Residential Extreme DSL Service. From those two categories, there are further tiers of plans within each.
The Residential DSL Services includes three plans: the Standard DSL 6, FTTN DSL Bronze, and FTTN DSL Silver.
The Standard DSL 6 costs $39.95 per month and includes 6 Mbps download speeds and 800 Kbps upload speeds. The Bronze is $34.95 per month and includes7 Mbps download speeds and 1 Mbps upload speeds. The Silver is $37.95 per month and includes 15 Mbps download speeds and 1 Mbps upload speeds. All three plans include 300 GB of bandwidth, two email addresses, and 75 MB of web space. All three also include a one-time DSL activation fee of $50.
If you have your own DSL +2 modem, you don’t need to purchase one, otherwise, it is $5 per month to rent a standard modem or $8 per month to rent a wireless modem. You can also purchase a modem for $30 and you can pick it up for free during office hours or have it shipped within Ontario for an additional $12. There are no contracts for all services are billed month-to-month.
As for the residential extreme DSL service, there are two tiers of plans: The FTTN DSL Gold and the FTTN DSL Diamond. The Gold package comes in at $45.95 per month and includes 25 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds. Both of these plans do not allow you to have your own high-speed internet modem so you are required to purchase one directly from Lara at a pricey $130 plus $12 shipping if you can’t pick it up.
For all of the DSL packages Lara offers, you are required to have an analog landline, otherwise, you are looking at a dry loop fee of anywhere between $8.90 per month to $35.00 per month.
Lara also offers an unlimited dial-up Internet package at $19.95 monthly which has the standard 56k speeds and includes no setup costs.
In our review of Lara, we are impressed with the company’s full disclosure of all pricing down to the shipping costs. The Bronze package coming at $34.95 is only $5 more than Yak and offers 1 Mbps quicker download speeds but it falls short in with its steep $50 setup fees in comparison to Yaks at $8.95.
The bottom line is Lara is definitely worth considering and if full transparency in cost is important to you, Lara may be a winner.
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