Lara Reviews & Service Offerings
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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 residential VOIP services and see how they stack up versus Gonevoip.ca’s top residential VOIP providers.
Lara offers their residential VOIP option in Ontario for $12.95 per month (not including HST). For that price, you get unlimited local calls and unlimited long distance in Canada (except for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut). Also included is call waiting, a Canadian local number, voicemail, three-way calling, call forwarding and call display. The service works with any phone and does not require a computer to work. The phone equipment costs $60 (plus $12 shipping if you can’t go pick it up) If you want to keep your own phone number, it will be an additional $50.
The residential VOIP service requires you to sign a one-year term and if you choose to break that contract, it will be a $60 fee, which is pretty standard when breaking any contract. But we still are not fans of having to sign a contract to begin with.
We give Lara bonus points for full disclosure of all terms and fees. We found it funny that they claim to provide long distance to over 250 countries even though there are only 196 countries in the world; however when we looked at their list and they simply break down certain regions of the same country in to different pricing.
To sum up our review of Lara’s residential VOIP services, we love that they have excellent transparency in their pricing which is often not the case with other residential VOIP providers. Unlimited Canadian long distance for $12.95 per month is a comparable price to other providers but far from the cheapest. For instance Inter.Net offers unlimited local and Canadian-wide calling for $7.95, which actually includes the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, whereas Lara does not.
While Lara’s $12.95 cost is reasonably comparable to Gonevoip.ca’s top providers, it does still fall short especially when considering the additional costs such as the phone equipment charges and if you wanted to keep your same number $50 fee.
Having said all of that, we still believe Lara is a company that is worth considering if you are searching for a residential VOIP option in Ontario.
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