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The Official Guide: Ooma vs. Vonage vs. Obi

getdealsonline 6,455 6,375 January 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
We have many VOIP players in the market and I am starting this forum to have a collective discussion on the major services .. please feel free to add more services and their reviews if you know some: I am starting with putting out:

Ooma vs. Vonage vs. Obi

Need for:

1. Call Locally within US/Canada
2. Call Internationally, one or two odd countries

what do you guys think? suggestions please
Ooma vs. Vonage vs. Obi - Choice of SD?
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For US / CA calls only and very minimum International then....

1) Obi ($50 one time - US/CA calls free through 2012)
2) Ooma ($150 - $200 for device + monthly Govt fees)
3) MagicJack Plus


If making extensive international calls then..

1) NetTalk ($150/yr includes international to 60 countries) Note they don't port numbers yet - due to questionable policy changes. LINK [nettalk.com]
2) AllVoi ($17.99+tax/fees /mth + one time cost of device)
3) Vonage ($24.99+tax/fees /mth + one time cost of device)
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Question: can you transfer an existing home phone # (Comcast) to Ooma or Obi? (thinking about setting this up for my parents as well if you can)

I am not sure about Ooma but you can definitely port your land line number to Google Voice. Here is a link I found on OBi's website that shows you how: http://www.obihai.com/porttutorial.html

Hope this helps !
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I have to say I've been very satisfied with the nettalk duo. When I looked into it, it was cheaper that ooma and vonage. It's $50 for the devcie plus one year of service, then $30 per year afterwards. Contrary to what you might think from visiting the homepage, you don't need to buy the North America package if you just want to call the US and Canada as these countries are included with the basic package. You get free calling to US and Canada, free caller ID and voicemail (voice mails are emailed to me as WAV files) but I don't know about international rates. I use my tracfone to call international (they have a great 1-800 service that makes these calls the same price as domestic calls). Before that, I was using the Jupiter card from comfi.com with my nettalk for international calling and found it very cheap.

DISCLAIMER: I am not in any way affiliated with Nettalk, I'm just really happy with the service. The only downside I can point to is that, maybe three or four times a year the service drops and I have to unplug the device for about 20 seconds and plug it back in. This can be annoying when you are trying to call home from somewhere else and the person at home doesn't realize the service has dropped. However, the unplug trick works every time and you can tell that this needs to be done by looking at the device. If the light isn't a steady green, it needs to be unplugged and plugged back in
nettalk duo is now a crap. They are limiting it to 3000 minutes/month. Even incming minutes are counted towards minutes. This is discussed in their forums.
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nettalk duo is now a crap. They are limiting it to 3000 minutes/month. Even incming minutes are counted towards minutes. This is discussed in their forums.
Thanks for the heads-up. I don't talk nearly that much, so it doesn't affect me, but it looks like this change has got a lot of people riled up.
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nettalk duo is now a crap. They are limiting it to 3000 minutes/month. Even incming minutes are counted towards minutes. This is discussed in their forums.

Yes, thanks for the heads up. I just read on their forums that not only they have the 3000 min/mth now, if anyone exceeds that in a single month, one time, they will be automatically be put on pay-per-minute plan and never be allowed to get on the 'free minutes' plan.

I will not be recommending Nettalk going forward.
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As an fyi....the Obi110 is currently $45 with FS through Buy via Ebay - and some good info in the thread for Obi110 - LINK
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As an fyi....the Obi110 is currently $45 with FS through Buy via Ebay - and some good info in the thread for Obi110 - LINK
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I've had Ooma for 2+ years and am very pleased. I got in when after you bought the equipment you paid 0 for the monthly service. And you can port your number with Ooma.
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The lack of 911 is my main issue with Obi. I've had to use 911 with Ooma and it worked great. My address popped up on their end and help was dispatched.
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You can get e911 service for $1.50/month from CallCentric or $0.80/month from Anveo.
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I've had Ooma for 2+ years and am very pleased. I got in when after you bought the equipment you paid 0 for the monthly service. And you can port your number with Ooma.
somehow I also like the concept of ooma - same as vonage but much cheaper in the long run
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You can get e911 service for $1.50/month from CallCentric or $0.80/month from Anveo.
Why would I want that when I pay $0 for it now?
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does anyone using Ooma knows their 61 countries plan - does that allow calls to cells/landline both or its either?
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does anyone using Ooma knows their 61 countries plan - does that allow calls to cells/landline both or its either?

No idea, but you can do a 'Live Sales chat' at the following link and ask them

http://www.ooma.com/products/international-rates
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it depends on the country.

use that link, look up a country and if there are 2 entries, bingo:

351 Portugal $ 0.032 Included in plan
351 Portugal - Mobile/SS $ 0.365 N/A
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