dealsooma telo voip home phone system for $99.99 + $5…

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Long time user here... my only "gripe" is that there is no call blocking feature for their basic service, nor is it available "a la carte"... That said, you need to buy this unless you love your cell service, or you're getting your landline at no cost.

Of course you're fully dependent on your internet provider. If broadband reliability is an issue, then be sure you have a good cell signal for backup.

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I just picked up mine at Costco for the same price, the only difference? The one Costco sells is not refurbished.

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You can always get a Google voice number and point it to any number.

If you pay for the premier for a year they port for free. As part of the premier you can forward to another number like you cell.

I also get all my VM emailed as mp3 files to me.

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Welcome @tibbarderacs! Good luck with the moofiness!

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prior to moving to ooma, i had packet 8/8x8 voip and then tried magic jack. packet 8 was not very good (can't remember the full details) and cost me almost as much per month as a regular land line. magic jack was horrible - people on the other end said it sound like i was talking underwater.

i regret not moving to ooma earlier. sound quality is great, monthly cost is minimal (under $5 for taxes/911 fee). i don't subscribe to the premier features; the caller id is part of the basic package and that's really all i need as regards extras.

if you're on the fence about this product, take the leap! you won't regret it!

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@colbytitus: It is not illegal for a company to charge fees to recover their costs of porting a number. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/portability-keeping-your-phone-number-when-changing-service-providers

Also, Ooma has better sound quality than Magic Jack.

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@nameless1: If they are charging to port numbers they are breaking FCC regulations and it is against the law.
Second, I can't understand why anyone would choose these over a Magic Jack, especially now that you can use your Magic Jack from iPhones, iPod touches, laptops, tablets, Android phones etc.

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You pick a number from a list of available numbers when you activate. I used this number until my number was ported from AT&T. You coordinate the porting time so that you minimize the amount of time you lose access to the Internet. Since I must have Internet access for my job, this was an important issue but I only lost access for one day.

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I've had an Ooma for about 8 months. My parents have had theirs for about 18 months, but I just couldn't bite the bullet. Glad I have finally did, so I don't have to deal with those CenturyLink jerks anymore.

Ooma's call blocking was great for political season. I live in Florida and was bombarded with calls, but block them once and you never get the same group calling twice.

Setup is easy, for those of you who get nervous about such things...

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This is a great price.

I have been using the Ooma Hub/Scout over 3 years and saved a lot of money. I have not had any problems - well, one day there was a brief Ooma-wide outage, but that has been it. I was fortunate to purchase lifetime Premier Service just after I bought the Hub and it has been great especially with its blocking of numbers.

Has anyone ever converted from the Hub to the Telo? I was wondering if that would be a hassle keeping your number, Premier Service, etc. Thank you.

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@tallpall:
Can someone tell me how you get a phone number with Ooma? We are currently using only cell phones in our winter home which has no assigned number. We do have good wired 10meg internet service so it seems Ooma could be added. Just wondering how a phone number gets assigned to it and is it an extra cost? Not interested in porting the number we use at our other house up north. Don't see any mention of this in this comments section.
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When you sign up with OOMA, THEY will give you a choice of 2-3 telephone numbers and you pick the one that you want (easier to remember etc). It is a random number they select for your area

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@euphio:
that was what would happen to me during the Dial up days...When the phone rings , just answer it and keep using the puter....you will not notice a difference.

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@tallpall: When you set up the Ooma router, a relatively easy procedure, you get a list of phone numbers to choose from the Ooma website. The Ooma website walks you through the process of setting up the preferences and details of creating an Ooma account.

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We used our Ooma Telo VOIP system in an RV while on an extended trip cross country. With a cordless phone system plugged into the Ooma, the Ooma Telo "WiFi Adapter" and a 3G MiFi unit (RV park WiFi proved to be unreliable), we were able to plug in the phone and receive messages and call cross country as though we were at home.

With a few minor glitches, it worked pretty well as long as you had shore power to plug in the Ooma Telo and the cordless phone system, but you have to be careful because VOIP uses a good deal of bandwidth and will use up your allotted monthly use if you are not careful (we had a five gigabyte per month plan on the MiFI unit). Note that you may need to use a VPN because some 4G MiFi networks purposely block VOIP use. Our 3G MiFi worked OK and was not limited.

Ooma worked at home and on the road. Maybe would work in a hotel with Ethernet or WiFi as well.

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Can someone tell me how you get a phone number with Ooma? We are currently using only cell phones in our winter home which has no assigned number. We do have good wired 10meg internet service so it seems Ooma could be added. Just wondering how a phone number gets assigned to it and is it an extra cost? Not interested in porting the number we use at our other house up north. Don't see any mention of this in this comments section.

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I ordered this the last time on woot (same price) and am very happy with the product/service. I ran into 3 issues: (1) porting your existing number and keeping DSL with AT&T can be a headache--I ultimately decided not to port when I learned that my DSL service would be interrupted; (2) it's also difficult to use you home's wiring for OOMA if you keep DSL--it can be done but it's difficult--see here: http://voip.mi-telecom.org/ and (3) burglar alarm systems don't work well with OOMA--I ended up converting my system to cellular. Despite these issues, I'm still a big fan of OOMA and recommend it highly!

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If you have DSL and receive a call does it slow down the connection or boot you off?

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This is a great product! I pay between $3.47 and $3.77 per month, (don't know why it fluctuates.) Great call quality, my number was ported within days, the Premier plan trial was awesome, but truth be told, I just don't use the phone enough to justify the cost of that. I doubt you can even get phone bundled with Cable and internet as cheap as this...

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FYI. This is a refurbished unit w/ 180 day warranty included. Been a user for years with the original unit that has no taxes per month. Amazon sold it for around $130-$150 back then. Great product!

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I also bought TWO on woot. First one about 2 years ago for approx $130. That one got zapped by a lightning strike. I replaced it about 9 months ago wth another one also form woot and for more than this one cost.

They paid for themselves by eliminating the telephone company charges (about $20-30 per month). I only pay the federal tax and 911 fees. Less than $5 per month.

The quality is excellent.

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Have Netalk duo at a cost of $50.00. First year is free, then $30.00 year and no taxes. Have one phone number for winter and summer homes. Works great in every way. Got rid of landlines in 2 hnomes which saves $1000.00 a year, and no continuing headaches with ATT.

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I have one for about a year, too, and we LOVE It! Just the thought of paying something like $3.47 a month for unlimited calls is insane. Whenever the conversation goes to phones and lines and such, I bring up OOMA, and people are surprised, but few actually make the change. I don't get it: $3.47 a month! The calls come in clear as a bell. I don't have premier service either, and ported my # for $40. The one down side is that during the recent hurricane, as the internet went out, so did the phone...but we used our cell phones.
I'm a big believer!

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I got mine about a year ago from Woot!. I paid more, and it's still definitely been worth it. I paid some more to port my old land line number to it. It has already more than paid for itself from the savings over what I used to pay for the land line. I'm sure there's going to be posts slamming this and promoting other VOIP boxes, like Obi. They're good too, but they rely on Google Voice staying free and a little know how and configuration work. The Telo just works.

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I have one and the quality is great...caller ID is great as well...no more solicitators...i dont (usually) respond to toll free numbers or out of state numbers i dont recognize thanks to caller ID...
If you want to block a number youll have to subscribe to the "Premier" program...im cheap so i dont and what i described above cost me a little more than 3 dollars a MONTH...this also includes free calls in the US ... the ONLY thing is find annying is the butchering of names and business names of callers by the voice synthesizing device much like some GPS devices.
Also if your ISP is down? no phone.
This is the CHEAPEST price ive seen for a NEW Ooma!!!! normally the refurbished is that price...maybe i saw it incorrectly..it does not say refurbished and guess what ? for a small fee i kept my regular telephone number!!!!
can you guess im solllllllllllllld on OOOOOMA?

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I got a featured comment (#humblebrag) the last time this was sold on tech.woot (http://tech.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5224108&pageindex=1&replycount=58#post5224269)

"(2:05 AM, 10/30/2012) snowire has a pretty long list of the good and bad.":

deals.woot limits me to 1k characters, so feel free to click through to see the full post. Here's my 'overall' section:

"Overall: The good FAR outweighs the bad. So much so that I've bought 2 as gifts for people, who have loved it as much as I have. Moreso for one family who saved over $50/mo after the switch. "

For those of you who just want to know how much the basic service will cost you, just check out this link (you only pay tax with the basic service!): https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator.