Say Goodbye To Your Monthly Phone Bill, At Least For The Most Part

I was surfing around the web today and I came across something very interesting. Now by now most of us have heard of Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) phones and some of us even use them with services like Vonage and Skype. I have evaluated both services and neither was impressive enough to make me consider using either one but then I came upon  a new product, that once it gets some traction could become go to gadget in this space as well as other things.

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The product is called Ooma.  Ooma is a cool little device that could make your phone bills disappear like magic. At this point I will admit the cost of the unit, which sales for a whooping $249 bucks may be a little prohibitive to some folks, but it will more than pay for itself in a few months.  It is already sold by major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. You may have even seen it in the store and had no idea what this thing was.

The Ooma is the device that has Vonage very nervous.  The device has gotten rave reviews but several reputable outlets for its ease of use and setup and voice quality during calls that has been a weakness of some VOIP solutions. With Ooma you get:

  • Unlimited calling to any number in the US
  • All the features you’ve come to depend on, like caller-ID, call-waiting, and voicemail
  • The reliability and crisp acoustic performance of a landline (hear ooma vs leading voip provider)
  • A new number from any calling area in the US
  • The option to keep your phone number for a one-time fee ($39.99)
  • Easy setup to get you up and dialing in no time
  • Voicemail notifications to your email and mobile phone
  • The freedom to hear your voicemail and control preferences online in the ooma Lounge
  • Low-cost international rates starting at a penny per minute
  • A 30-day money-back guarantee and an extendable one-year warranty

I don’t work for them or anything but I saw this and thought man this is a great product. Now there are of course the normal downsides with VOIP’s, such as the fact that if the power or your Internet service goes out then your phone does as well. However, unlike a lot of other solutions Ooma allows you to keep your landline and use it as a backup in case of emergencies. So basically, you could drop whatever service you are paying for then and then get the most basic phone package they have, maybe were you pay per call but that won’t matter because in most cases you won’t be using that line but you still get the comfort of having that backup in power outages or loss of Internet service.

For folks who aren’t happy with the quality of their current VOIP service, folks who think they are paying to much on the regular phone bill, or people who have family over seas this could be a great option. At the very least it is worth a look, could save you a lot of money in 2009 and beyond and if you are like me you can use every dollar you can save. Check it out for yourself at www.ooma.com.

3 Comments

  1. MATIE says:

    This may have possibilities, that is, if it is reliable. I tried the magicJack, and it was a complete disappointment. They billed me $19.95 when it was advertised as having a 30-day free trial; added an unwanted second year of service; and had considerable connectivity issues. When I tried to resolve the issues it became abundantly clear that there is NO tech support. “Chat” reps are rude, completely unknowledgeable; won’t answer questions, and try to play sick mind games. They eventually give a bogus Tech Support telephone number that doesn’t work and tried to make it look as though I was inactive during the chat for so long that they ended the chat. Mine is going back. Seems as though they are in a race for winner of Most Incompetent telephone service. In my opinion, a real scam.

  2. rdgriffin says:

    I’m using Ooma and I love it. I too don’t work for Ooma. I am just a happy customer, so far. I currently have 2 Vonage lines. I purchased my Ooma unit for $199 and am currently testing it. I have both of my Vonage Lines forwarded to Ooma. While I have only been using it for my business and home number for a little over two weeks, I started the porting process of my Vonage lines today. Setup only took a few minutes and I was making calls. I would highly recommend it. If you are interested, I have a running review on my site, http://rdgriffin.com.

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