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Old 02-04-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm currently looking into replacing my landline phone service with OOMA, which I saw advertised on TV recently. I went to the website and it looks like they're a VOIP (voice over IP) phone service, similar to Vonage, using a broadband Internet connection. I like the idea of free phone service (except for the taxes, around $3.50 a month). I'm currently paying around $40.00 a month to AT&T for my landline. I realize you initially need to purchase the Telo unit for around $200.00, but it should repay itself in a matter of months.

So far, I like what I see on the website. I just would like to know if anyone here is using OOMA and if so, are you satisfied with it?

Free Home Phone Service | Ooma
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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Never heard of em. Look at the magic jack plus its the same thing but cheaper and no pc required now!!
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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I've been using OOMA for 3 years. I have the older model called the OOMA Hub. There's a subtle difference in features, and there's no monthly fee. It's very popular among techies.

If you search fatwallet and slickdeals you'll find dozens of threads on them. It was a big hit when Magic Jack required a PC. Now that Magic Jack does not require a PC and the fact that the new OOMA devices charge $3.50/month... you really have to compare and see which one works best for you.

My OOMA device is cheaper than Magic Jack after 2 years (I paid $100 for it), so I'm happy with it.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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VIOP is only as good as your provider. I had one for two years.. Mine only worked well when I had enough bandwidth; 1.5 down is not enough. I went back to the landline for consistent sergvice.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:58 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I've been using it for about 2 years. Initially, I wasn't satisfied with the audio quality on calls. I know enough about how networking and VOIP work to realize that more bandwidth would make it work better. So I upgraded my Cable Modem Service to the next highest level for $10/more a month and I became satisfied with the way calls sound.

My wife doesn't like the slight delay in how fast the audio travels from the other end of the call, but she tolerates it because of how much we're saving by not paying AT&T over $70/month for a landline!

I have the Ooma Plus service, that costs $10/month. My family loves the multi-ring feature and the emailed voicemail messages that come with that level of service. If those features are important to you, I recommend Ooma Plus.
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