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aptela vs Lingo
Compare aptela vs Lingo. Find out whether aptela or Lingo is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of aptela and Lingo and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
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Aptela is the leader in today's burgeoning VoIP industry. They provide small businesses and medium-sized businesses with cost-effective and high-quality VoIP solutions.
Aptela offers two distinct business VoIP plans: Business VoIP and...
Lingo is a residential VoIP provider that offers home phone plans for nationwide and international calling. Lingo plans come with a number of included features, free calling to other Lingo subscribers, and even the option to keep your existing...
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- Founder Year: 2005
- Website: lingo.com
- Headquarters Country: United States
- Founder Year: 2004
- Lingo Unlimited - $14.95
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I have been using Aptela for years. I signed the previous company i was working for, to Aptela and I started up my company years ago and sticked with them. They are good at some points. But there are parts can make you frustrated. Usually no problem with connection but some connections is not clear. It happens daily basis. I use Polycom HD voice model phone which has superb sound quality. Another corcern is billing issue. Recently our credit card has been comprimed and we had to cancel the card. They tried to take money on 2nd and today is 23rd they have disconnected the service. No phone calls just email asking for us to fax credit authorization form. not even web based area that you can update your billing information nor add up back up payment option nor you can with credit card information. I wouldn't rely my business service with amature billing setup.
Our two-attorney law firm was relocating after a quarter-century in one place. We were not sure we wanted to bring our original PBX box with us for the long term, so we began to assess all our phone choices. For no particular reason, I started out with extreme reluctance to consider VoIP, probably due to years of passing chatter about such issues as dropped calls, etc. and overall skepticism about relying on the Internet for important client calls. Upon learning we could not keep our existing main phone number if we stayed with our landline (due to the location of the new office), we began to weight the possibility of VoIP, if only to be able to port our old number. Well-informed friends also told me to give VoIP a fair chance because technology and faster Internet speeds might have made my apprehension outdated. My further study made me realize that VoIP might not merely be an acceptable alternative; it might bring some advantages. Not one to make long-term technology decisions (or spending decisions) lightly, I did my homework. Reading as many reviews as I could find about all the various VoIP/virtual PBX providers, I found a confusing mix of raves and rants for virtually every company. (I soon confirmed that moving on trying to find the company with no negative reviews was futile, and that, probably, they did not reflect a consensus; I also noted that many complaints had to do with high-call-volume users, and our small law firm has light to moderate phone traffic.) To make a long story a little shorter, after a lot of comparing, we tentatively settled on Aptela, and confirmed our choice after sales consultant Omid patiently answered our endless questions and addressed all our concerns (including frank discussion about the handful of negative comments that seem to appear on every provider's review page). We have been very happy with the training, transition, and our trouble-free first ten weeks using Aptela. No dropped calls or call quality concerns at all. When we speak to each other in-house over the phone, but can simultaneously hear the colleague's voice faintly from down the hall, we recognize that the "live" and phone voices can be slightly out of sync at times. However, my concern about whether that might hinder phone conversations has not proven to be an issue at all. We have noticed no appreciable lag in our phone calls. To have the best chance of our switch to Aptela working out well, we verified adequate bandwidth by opting for cable internet over DSL. (Fiber optic was not available at the new location.) We bought preconfigured Polycom phones from Aptela, which seems to have been a great choice. Combining newly installed network wiring, a new router/hub/firewall and all-new phones with new VoIP, we were braced for the worst even while hoping for the best. To our pleasant surprise, everything worked well from the start. We are very pleased with the call quality (particularly since we paid a bit more for the HD handset option)-- much better than our land lines. Relearning how to transfer calls within the office took a little focus (can't just put a caller on hold and tell someone else to pick up). We miss being able to see who else is on the phone by glancing at the phone itself, but get that functionality on the Aptela dashboard. We love being able to send calls to any phone, and to use follow-me settings to receive calls anywhere-- but we have not actually used those appealing features much so far. During pre-move initial training, Aptela helped me record our first voice prompts (we did not opt for professional recording)-- remotely, over my cell phone. I was certain the recording would be poor quality and would have to be redone later, but was amazed at the clarity of that recording. (We kept it.) Aptela's assistance with training, porting our old number, and fielding our questions was impeccable. We have not had to open any trouble tickets, so I cannot comment about the tech support. Although I am not wild about having to place a support call and then wait for a reply, I believe that will prove more useful in the long run than getting an immediate but less helpful answer from an offshore call center. (I understand Aptela's support team is in at their main office-- which happens to be right in my backyard.) We have no regrets about either the general decision to switch to VoIP or our choice of Aptela.
Horrible - Dishonest - Useless Customer Service - Lie about contracts They lie right off the bat when they call you. At least the guy who calls to hook you speaks your language. After that it's accents you can't translate from call centers with a million other voices in the background. I agreed to their services in 2018 with free first month and 6th month. That was a lie. Never happened! Tried the customer service on that. Of course they say they don't know anything about that. Customer service person I can't understand. Ask if there is someone who can speak better English and am told "NO" Can't email me. Doesn't care. Over the years, they have added about $25 to my bill. Bogus taxes - unexplained "Other Charges" Got a letter a few months ago with a bill. The bill was for my gradually ever-increasing bill amount, the letter says I'm being charged another $20+ for some other taxes they had failed to include on my bill for the last year. Paid that. Couldn't bring myself to suffer through a useless episode with overseas customer service agent. Finally sick of them, switched the line over to a cell with Verizon. Lingo continuing to bill me for a service they have not been providing for two months. Paid it once. The second time I call Customer service. Hung up on. Call again 15 minutes on hold - another guy I can't understand. What I am able to get from him: Verizon didn't notify them (A lie, Verizon can't use the number until Lingo releases it - I waited several days for that to happen) I am suppose to still owe the bills + more to come which will include a $200 Early termination charge!!! Say I am under some other contract that they can't provide me with. Just simply a lying scamming company . By the way, they were called Birch Communications when I signed up. They changed to Lingo somewhere along the line. Not BBB accredited - No shock there I'll update this when I get my next statement.
I signed up for my elderly mom, who cannot use a cell phone. We had been happy with the service, and the price was better than AT&T, plus included 1500 minutes of long distance, which AT&T does not unless you pay a lot extra. Recently my mom's phone was out of order, and we had to wait a week to get it back working. (It was a line/cable problem.) In addition to a terribly long wait, customer service was absolutely horrible! Excessive wait times, incorrect trouble tickets, ZERO customer service on weekends. Today I am calling them about a billing question, and so far have been on hold for 1 hour and 45 minutes SO FAR. I don't want to call back and start all over, so I've got the phone on speaker and on the charger.