I know.. this is maybe a path that has been stepped on too many times, but usually the same answers are thrown each way, which I would like to avoid.
I have an obi for work phone.. and like it, altho I never get informed about firmware updates, so the only thing would be that I would stop getting calls. If there is something that I've missed please let me know..
Ok. Now I was thinking of getting something to replace the landline in my house. We have two numbers on 1 line... second basically just for incoming calls.
Would there be a reason for me to get Ooma instead of another Obi device?
Please don't answer with "I have Ooma grandfathered, so it's free for me" and that kind of stuff. I don't care about the history of that.. I want to know what has more value and quality RIGHT NOW... as in, if I would get either of them at this very moment.
I know about the 911 thing, so you can leave that out as well.. I'm just curious about any quality differences.
Second question: Since I would have to port my numbers to cellphones first and then to GV.. if someone would call me, would their phone company see my ported numbers as cellphones or still as landline numbers? Example: if people from other countries call me, do they basically call a cellphone number or a landline number? This may cost more.. that's why I'm asking.
I have Obi for my work line (home office), and Ooma Telo for our home phone. The quality of both is excellent. I think Obi working with Google voice does just about everything my Ooma does as far as features like caller ID, voice mail, forwarding voice mail to an email address. One really nice feature I haven't seen in Obi that my Ooma has is Blacklists. Put an undesirable caller on the blacklist, and then next time they call they get an out of service announcement. Very useful for a home phone. Ooma has a really nice, full featured web interface for managing the service, which Obi doesn't have because that would be up the VOIP provider.
With Ooma you are getting the device and the service, and with Obi you are just getting the device, and you have to choose a VOIP service that it works with. If I were going to transfer my home phone I would want the service to be stable, and it just seems like a lot of the ones Obi works with are little shops that could close up any minute. Google Voice works great, but how much longer will it be free?
Both are a great value, and have very high quality as far as I'm concerned. It's just a question of what you want to pay, and which features are most important.
I have Ooma grandfathered in
I suggested to my sister that she get Obi though (which she got 2 months ago and likes it). While I love my Ooma, I think that since Obi is free in my area atm that it is the value.
i don't even know what an Obi is, but i love Ooma. i've had it for at least 2 years and it's been great. and i wasn't grandfathered in, so i have to pay a whole $3.75 a month to use it. i have to pay for international calling, but it's not bad - 1.6 cents / minute to canada (the only other country i ever call).
voice quality with the Ooma is much better than Vonage, which i used to have.
and i've never done a firmware update on my Ooma, which i bought refurb, and i've never stopped getting calls.
i haven't had a landline in at least 5 years, and haven't missed it.
EDIT: oh, and for the 2 numbers for 1 line thing and the blacklisting thing i'm pretty sure you have to get their premium service @ $10 a month. it also includes a lot of GV-friendly features, but i couldn't tell you about them.
Thank you all very much so far. I know you can port numbers to Obi (haven't done that yet though). I have had it happen twice that I couldn't get calls through Obi, because firmware had to be updated. Not knowing I had to do that.. could be a hassle, since you're not getting any calls. As far as blacklisting goes.. those are usually out of state numbers, and I'm sure they're always different..
Glad to hear that the quality is the same.... I'll probably go for the Obi then...
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