Northland Adds Net2Phone Service

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Northland Cable Television launched voice-over-Internet protocol telephone service last week, using Net2Phone Inc.’s platform.

An all-inclusive package that features local and long-distance phone service is priced at $37.99 a month, but Northland also has plans starting as low as $18.99 a month for 500 minutes of local and long distance calling in the U.S. and Canada.

The service is marketed under the moniker “Northland VoiceLine, Powered by Net2Phone.”

Each service level includes local-number portability, access to emergency services, local directory assistance, voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call blocking, call forwarding, three-way calling and custom home installation.

Enhanced features in both packages include online account management, through which consumers can view account balances and call details, as well as manage call waiting, caller ID or change feature sets. And users can get e-mail notification when new voice-mail messages are left.

Subscribers also can receive a virtual phone number, which allows out-of-area family or friends to call “locally,” rather than making a long-distance call.

In a statement, Northland senior vice president of technical services Jack Dyste called the telephone service “competitively priced and full featured.”

“Our commitment to personal customer service combined with the flexibility and reliability of Net2Phone’s VoIP bring our markets the first truly competitive broadband telephony offering providing local customer service and support,” he said.

As an outsource provider, Net2Phone supplies the auto-provisioning and real-time billing feed, while Northland handles the customer service and technical support.

Northland operates in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Washington, California and Idaho.

Net2Phone has signed cable VoIP deals with Liberty Cablevision, Bresnan Communications and Millenium Digital Media.

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