iConnectHere iCall Unlimited
iConnect Here, a service of Internet telephony products and services provider deltathree has without doubt the most flexible range of VoIP call pricing plans I've encountered. Its seven monthly plans range from the $15.99 iCall North America, all the way up to the $59.99 a month BizCall World, where subscribers get 3,000 minutes to the U.S. and Canada, with 1,000 minutes of free monthly calls to more than 30 countries thrown in.
Since I don't call overseas all that often, I chose the $29.99 a month iCall Unlimited Plan (Figure 5), which allows unlimited minutes throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Figure 5: iConnectHere iCall Unlimited Plan Features
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The service set for iCall Unlimited exceeds many other competitors' calling plans. Several unique capabilities are included, such as Voice Mail from the Web. This function lets you listen to all your voice mail messages from any Internet connection. To do this, you log on to the iConnectHere member center and follow the Voicemail menu.
The colorfully named Call Forking feature is also exclusive to iConnectHere. I didn't try out this function, but if I had, I would have been able to receive calls to my iConnect number at more than one location at the same time. A handy feature for families, friends, and even businesses who want to stay in touch.
The only stumbling block I encountered was during the sign-up process. At the time I signed up, local phone numbers were available for only about a dozen states. My own state, Oregon, and city, Portland, were not in that company. The closest available area code was 206, which is associated with Seattle, Wash., some 175 miles away. That means someone in Portland (such as my girlfriend) wanting to call me on my iCall Unlimited number would have to incur a toll charge.
But I'm already busy working on selling her the benefits of VoIP - and iConnectHere's easy set-up and superb calling quality. When they have a local number for me, I'll be inclined to bump 'em up to four stars.