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Ooma tele (new) for $129.99 (+tax) at Costco (in store)

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Just purchased an Ooma for $129.99 at Costco. They had an entire palette of them which wasn't there just days ago.

For this price, you get a free local telephone number and calling to anywhere in the US for free. You only have to pay your local taxes, which for me is between $3 and $4 per month (nothing compared to the $40/month plan with Time Warner Cable).

Worth adding:

1. Activation took me a few minutes.

2. They let you choose a local phone number from a long list (917, 347, 646, 718 area codes in NYC for example).

3. As a new customer, they give you two free months of their Premiere service which includes too many features to list here (second phone line, 3-way calling, all sorts call forwarding and screening, community blacklists for unwanted calls, etc., etc.). One "feature" I do like is unlimited calling to Canada which I signed for as my wife has relatives there and calls a lot. Otherwise, even without the Premiere service, the per minute rates are cheap at 1.4 cents/minute to Canada, 2.5 cents/minute to China for example. Premiere is $9.99/month in addition to the taxes mentioned before.

4. Another selling point to getting Premiere: Let's say you want to keep your existing home land number. Ooma charges a one time fee of $40 to port it for you from your existing provider to your Ooma instead. If you sign up for one year's worth of Premiere service ($119.88), they waive the $40 fee.

5. I went ahead and signed up for one year's worth of Premiere and they added it to the end of my free 2 month Premiere service period which is the right thing to do. So for the next 14 months, as a new customer, I am getting my number ported and getting Premiere level service for about $8.60/month out of pocket (plus the $3 to $4 in taxes) mentioned before.

6. I did extensive reviews before getting Ooma and without question this is the company you want to make any commitment to. I've tried Magic Jack and the level of service (both actual phone service, and hellish customer service) should make anyone run away - far, far away from them. Users rave about the phone quality and reliability of Ooma, which at the end of the day is the most important thing.

7. When you connect your Ooma, may I suggest you do it this way:

(Wire from your modem) -----> (Internet Input on Ooma) -----> (Internet Output on Ooma) ----> (Wireless Router)

Reason for allowing Internet line to first feed through Ooma: Reliability and quality of phone connection. It has technology that will prioritize the packets of your phone calls so that if you're in the middle of downloads or P2P sharing, in this configuration Ooma will ensure a smooth connection. You can hook it up directly to your router instead, or via Wifi or other ways, but the above connection is the preferred method.

Anyway, for my family this solution makes the most sense. I will pay for the startup cost in just three months. Thereafter, I will be saving at least $26/month going forward.

Side note: For my family, this is part of our effort to cut ties with the local cable company and go Internet only. But that's another story for another day.

Good luck to you!

- Frank

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Last Edited by YankeeRedneck September 2, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Consumer Reports in their June 2012 Edition rated Ooma #1 over all other VOIP, Fiber-Optic and Landline phone companies.


For those who cant get them at their local Costco or dont want to pay $55 for the pleasure of shopping there you can get a brand new for about $10 more. Costco with tax is about $140. You can get a brand new for $149.99 with no tax and free shipping. If you live in CA you have to pay tax. http://www.ooma.com/goathletics/

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Great first post. WELCOME. wave TU & Repped. I have had Ooma for 2+years, and it is WONDERFUL...Consumer Reports magazine rates Ooma as the BEST VOIP phone service. I might add that I have the same wiring configuration that you like. I also have a UPS dedicated to the Modem, the Ooma desktop unit, and my 2 cordless phone systems. I have phone service for HOURS and HOURS in any power outage.Wink
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Is Canada included in the free service or premium (couldn't tell by the wording) as Im thinking of cancelling Vonage and going Ooma for more savings.

NVM - found my answer, thanks Smilie
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Thx for detailed explanation. I am considering this, and to get it from Costco would be even better. I got in on the Comcast Xfinity stand-alone internet deal for $19.99/mo, after taxes $22.xx. Getting phone with it for another $4 per month would be nice.
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buying at costco is a good idea because if they go belly up in a couple years you can return it (not that I think Ooma will, they probably have enough sustaining revenue now with the premier service and basic monthly fees.) BTW, I've had my Ooma a couple years and never have any problems with it.
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Thx for detailed explanation. I am considering this, and to get it from Costco would be even better. I got in on the Comcast Xfinity stand-alone internet deal for $19.99/mo, after taxes $22.xx. Getting phone with it for another $4 per month would be nice.
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buying at costco is a good idea because if they go belly up in a couple years you can return it (not that I think Ooma will, they probably have enough revenue now with the premier service and basic monthly fees.) BTW, I've had my Ooma a couple years and never have any problems with it.
Anyone have a link to where it is on Costco?
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Looks like its only at select B&M stores, costco.com has had it in the past but not now (and it was always a little more as it included the wifi or bluetooth adapter).
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Anyone have a link to where it is on Costco?
I'm betting it's instore only at this time

http://reviews.costco.com/2070/11...eviews.htm
laugh out loud This is from 2010.
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bgammill: Thank you very much for the kind welcome, and for reassurance that I made the right decision to go with Ooma (didn't know Consumer Reports rates them so high - and I did a lot of online reading on the different VOIP options out there). Good tip about using a UPS.

blackblaze: Just to clarify, the "Canada Unlimited" is a feature of the Premiere service. It's one of a dozen or so features you get with Premiere (see above), but probably the one that makes Premiere worth it for me sine my wife calls Canada so much. For new Ooma customers, you get two free months of Premiere which of course means you get unlimited calls to Canada for two months, too.
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bgammill: Thank you very much for the kind welcome, and for reassurance that I made the right decision to go with Ooma (didn't know Consumer Reports rates them so high - and I did a lot of online reading on the different VOIP options out there). Good tip about using a UPS.

blackblaze: Just to clarify, the "Canada Unlimited" is a feature of the Premiere service. It's one of a dozen or so features you get with Premiere (see above), but probably the one that makes Premiere worth it for me sine my wife calls Canada so much. For new Ooma customers, you get two free months of Premiere which of course means you get unlimited calls to Canada for two months, too.
Thanks for the reply. Since we can't find it on the site, if a sku number is available, that would be helpful.
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Ooma charges a one time fee of $40 to port your current phone number to their service. If you sign up for one year's worth of Premiere Service ($119.88), they waive the $40 fee.
I went ahead and signed up for one year's worth of Premiere of which the first two months are free. Then after a month I canceled the Premiere Service for a full refund. That made my Porting FREE.
I pay three bucks and change for great phone service !!
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Quote from smilinghelen View Post :
I'm betting it's instore only at this time

http://reviews.costco.com/2070/11...eviews.htm
laugh out loud This is from 2010.
Yes, I checked online but didn't see it. They did have it for about $170 about two weeks ago (online) and that was for the Ooma Telo PLUS Wifi Adapter. I bought it at my local Costco (Brooklyn, NY - Hamilton Avenue).

The Wifi adapter alone if $40 from Ooma. So basically Costco was selling the Ooma (usually $150 online and from Ooma) plus Wifi Adapter ($40) as a bundle for $170 ($20 savings). But the current deal IMO is better because:

- If you don't need the adapter, you still save $20 on the unit.
- If you do need the adapter, you can buy it from Ooma for $40 - OR - as I learned when I signed up for one year of Premiere, I had a choice for my "FREE GIFT" which includes porting your number over ($40 value) or I could have chosen the Wifi Adapter ($40 value). They have some other free gift options but I don't recall what they were.

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Thanks for the reply. Since we can't find it on the site, if a sku number is available, that would be helpful.
Hopefully this helps, from my receipt:

470742 OOMA TELO $129.99 A
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7. When you connect your Ooma, may I suggest you do it this way:
(Wire from your modem) -----> (Internet Input on Ooma) -----> (Internet Output on Ooma) ----> (Wireless Router)

slightly confused here. If you just have a wireless router, no modem, do you mean to say just connect the Ooma base to your wireless router (wired connection), if your not using the wireless adapter to allow the base to work wirelessly?
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Quote from blackblaze View Post :
7. When you connect your Ooma, may I suggest you do it this way:
(Wire from your modem) -----> (Internet Input on Ooma) -----> (Internet Output on Ooma) ----> (Wireless Router)

slightly confused here. If you just have a wireless router, no modem, do you meant to just say just connect it your Ooma base to your wireless router (wired connection), if your not using the wireless adapter to allow the base to work wirelessly?
On the back of your wireless router, do you have a port where you had to plug your Internet into? If so, then you would disconnect it from there and plug into the Ooma instead. Then, the Ooma has a second port which you use to connect between the Ooma and your Wireless Router. The Ooma comes with a second ethernet cable to make it possible.

I guess I should revise my illustration as such:

(Internet Connection) ---> *(Ooma IN) ---> *(Ooma OUT) ---> (Router IN)

(Ooma has two ethernet ports - one for "Internet IN" and "Internet OUT")
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