The Ooma!

October 8, 2009

Frugal

The Ooma! I love that name! Say it ten times fast. lol. :jittery:

You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m blabbering about. The Ooma is a REAL thing, honest! It’s this VoIP device (Voice over Internet Protocol). I’ve been looking into replacing our telephone landline. Our telephone bill is going up and up, and I’m looking for ways to cut back. I checked into cell phones for the family, but a “family plan” would cost us nearly $80 a MONTH! 😯

A VoIP device connects to your broadband modem which converts your voice into a digital signal that travels over the Internet. They’re gaining popularity because so many people have computers now, and because telephone service is becoming so expensive. And VoIP is usually FREE! You just have to buy a device to make it work.

voip_diagram

So enter the Ooma. It’s something like the MagicJack USB device I blogged about a few weeks ago. I decided not to get the MagicJack. The comments I got about it were very helpful (thanks!)– apparently, the MagicJack is just too unreliable and the quality is too poor to make it a permanent replacement for our landline. I’ve thought about Skype and actually used it for computer-to-computer calls, but it costs $$ to use Skype for computer-to-telephone calls. And it’s such a hassle with the purchasing of minutes, using a third-party server, etc etc. I’d much prefer a device to rig up here at home and be done with it. That’s why the Ooma looks so good.

Has anyone used something like this? I could sure use your opinion. The Ooma TELO VoIP System is a little pricey, but it’s on sale right now at Buy.com (my favorite online store!!) and includes free shipping. It looks phenomenal:

  • Free, unlimited calling to any number in the U.S. No monthly fees.
  • Caller-ID and Call-waiting
  • The option to get a new number; or you can keep your existing landline number (for a fee)
  • The ability to keep the landline, too
  • A “portal” to view call logs, set preferences, BLOCK callers (love that), and etc
  • Setup is easy: plug in my Internet connection into the Ooma device, and plug my home phone line into it.

It looks good. I would recoup the cost if the Ooma in half a year, based on what I pay now for my telephone service. I’m still looking into the device. If anyone has this or VoIP, would you please leave a comment and let me know how it’s working?

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