CHOOSING CHEAP CHAT

Line2

Skype is the most well-known service for making cheap or free phone calls over the Internet. But Line2, a $10-$15 a month service from Line2.com, made us feel like big shots.

Line 2 adds a second line to any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device. It lets you send calls to various departments of your company, even if you’re just a company of one. Your main line can be an 800 toll-free number, if you wish, and you can choose up to six automatic forwarding numbers. So when a call comes in it can also ring other phones.

Unlike Skype, you don’t have to be within range of a Wi-Fi signal to make cheap calls. It works both ways: you can make calls through a Wi-Fi or cell phone connection. If you’re an AT&T user who experiences a lot of dropped calls, you might prefer to use a Wi-Fi connection.

We tried making a Wi-Fi call on an iPod Touch, which normally doesn’t act as a phone. The call quality was excellent. Line2 has a lot of business features, but some of them, like making calls from your computer, require you to sign up for their $15 a month service. The basic service includes unlimited calling, unlimited texting, free transfer of your current number and call waiting, which means you can switch back and forth between two calls. You can also start a kind of conference call and add up to 20 people to the call.

There’s a seven-day free trial period for Line2 which includes a free app for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch and Android phones and tablets.

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