Ooma VOIP Appliance

By February 11, 2013VOIP



I kicked my phone land line years ago.  It was really a nice feeling to kick that service to the curb.  Fast forward to this year and we suddenly found ourselves in need of a landline again.  Well, I didn’t want to go backward, so I decided to give Ooma VOIP service a try.

Installing this device took me about 5 minutes.  You plug it in and it works.  At first the reception seemed pretty crappy.  But once my new phones charged (duh), the line became crystal clear.  I was honestly shocked when my kids called me the next day.  The clarity was impressive.

So, what’s the catch here?  Well, the catch is that you are going to pay $150 (or thereabouts) for the VOIP appliance to start.  But, after that, unless you sign up for their professional services, you will only pay taxes for the use going forward.  Extrapolate that out and it’s hard to argue with the cost.

By the way, you have to opt out of the professional service.  It’s $9.99/month.  If you need a second phone line, then get the professional service.  You can add additional phone numbers to your service with the basic service.  Notice, I said phone number, not second line.

Here are the basic services you get:

Free U.S. Calling.
The utmost voice clarity
911 Service
911 Email and Text Alerts
Caller-ID and call-waiting
Caller Name
Caller-ID blocking
Call Hold
Call Return
One-touch voicemail access
Remote Voicemail Retrieval
Online Voicemail Playback
Online phonebook
Online call log
Online Preferences
Area Code Selection
7/10-Digit Dialing
Selectable Ring Pattern
Fax Mode
Live Customer Support
Encrypted calls
Optional WiFi Adapter
Optional Bluetooth Adapter
Worldwide Ooma-to-Ooma Calling

You will probably end up paying about $3-$5/month in various taxes.

I will probably update this to talk about overall impressions and quality.  So far I am very pleased.


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