Southern Linc is a “wireless communications network backed by the strength and reliability of Southern Company—the parent company of four electric utilities in the Southeast: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power, which are also SouthernLINC Wireless customers.” SouthernLINC provides reliable communication in their 127,000 square-mile coverage area, including Alabama, Georgia, southeastern Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. “LINC” stands for “Long-range Integrated Network Communications,” which is Motorola’s fully digital iDEN technology.
- Purchase phones and plans online
- No contract plans available
- Great services
SouthernLINC provides their customers with the ability to purchase phones and plans online. They have plenty of different options for prepaid plans, as well as one- and two-year plans. They also offer the Lifeline program, a program for low-income residents in the southeast. Their services include:
- Plans starting at $23/month
- Two different contract length options
- Simple regional plans with unlimited solutions
SouthernLINC also offers quite a few other services, including communication for businesses of the area, which is how the company started. You can manage your account online, talk to a customer support agent online, and upgrade your phone online, at any time with your prepaid plan.
- Limited service area
- Many fees
- Poor coverage
SouthernLINC has a limited service area, so if you are not located in the southeast, this plan is not for you. They also only service Motorola phones, and only have 5, none of which are smartphones. Aspects of the carrier the consumer should be aware of include:
- Limited phone selection - there are no smartphones available with the SouthernLINC service
- Weaknesses in coverage - potential customers should check the quality of service in the areas they will primarily use their phone in
- Regional - this service is not available for everyone
They have quite a few fees included with their service, and some of their plans involve a one to two year commitment. Their coverage is a little spotty in some areas, and they do specialize in PTT radios with cell services, so a lot of their cell phones may not be appropriate for the average consumer, but entirely appropriate for certain businesses in the south east.
The Bottom Line
SouthernLINC is a great option for businesses who need cell service, and PTT radios in the southeast corner of the country. They have great prices and simple phones that get the job done without any bells and whistles. SouthernLINC customers can expect the following:
- Low monthly costs with affordable plans
- Options for contract lengths
- Limited and spotty coverage
- Smartphones not available
For the average consumer who just needs a phone, they have month-to-month options, as well as one- to two-year commitments. SouthernLINC also has their Lifeline program offering phones to low-income residents.