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Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System EXPIRED

jaewang 406 618 June 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM in Tech & Electronics (2) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Promoted 06-07-2013 by yuugotserved at 08:58 PM View Original Post
Costco has Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System on sale for $99.99. Shipping is free. Thanks jaewang

Note, non-members are subject to a 5% surcharge, making it $106.50
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Edited June 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM by jaewang
Your price $99.99 @ Costco.

$30 mfg discount is valid 06/07/13 through 06/16/13. While supplies last.

http://Www.Costco.com/Ooma-Telo-V...03374.html

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Quote from nyhteg View Post :
Stupid... store price is 129, they won't do 99, wasted trip
Word of caution from banjolaya on post #77:
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Word of caution: Before you buy OOMA go to pingtest.net and test your packet loss, ping and jitter.
If you have any packet loss - this might not be for you.
If you have high ping - OOMA might not be for you.
If your jitter is greater than 5 - this is definitely not for you.
There are multiple postings online about OOMA and jitter. The problem comes and goes. Some say it's your IP provider's fault (faulty lines leading to your home), IP provider customer service says - It's not us, it's your modem. You can google this issue and you'll find that some people had real problems with it (myself included).
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Last Edited by MozartA June 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Consumer Reports (May 2011, June 2012, May 2013) rated Ooma #1 over all other VOIP, Landline & Fiber Optic phone companies 3 years in a row!

Note:
  • Ooma didn't charge monthly fee but they charge tax (include expenses to collect the taxes). It is as high as $100+ a year. Look up the amount you'll pay monthly here: https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator
    Some examples
    • 60043, $8.31 a month (10/11/2012) increased to $8.52 (12/6/2012), 8.47 (4/21/2013)
    • 60603, $7.81 a month (10/11/2012) increased to $8.05 (12/6/2012), 8.00 (4/21/2013)
    • 94115/94118, etc <--- $6.59 (9/26/2012), $6.63 (10/11/2012) increased to $6.90 (12/6/2012), $6.85 (4/21/2013)
    • 95138/95119/95123, etc <--- $5.51
    • 94526 <-- $3.80 (Cheap as hell)
    • 92154 $3.75
    • 45150 $3.73
      [*}74653 $3.71
    • 11566 $3.73
    • 30115 - only $3.72 (9/26/2012) increased to $3.76 (10/11/2012), so varies a lot
    • 21093 6.94 a month (10/02/2012) decreased to 3.73 (01/08/2013) (state, county, other, and county utility tax was removed)
    • 06461 $3.71 (as of 6/7/2013)
  • People in Ooma forum indicate once the tax/fee is fully implemented, it should closely match your postpaid cellphone/local landline bill in term of fee/taxes. So check your cellphone/landline bill to see eventually how much fee/taxes you will need to pay if your area hasn't implement all the state/county/city fee/taxes yet.
  • Ooma can change their tax/fee without notify the customer. They will just charge your credit card with the new fee. Some Ooma customers were surprised after they check their credit card bill and notice the big increase in monthly fee (from $3.xx to $6.xx after they include the county, city, local taxes/fee.) Again, if you don't pay attention to your credit bill, you may not notice the increase.
  • Any change of hardware will lose grandfather plan. Directly from Ooma forum.
    http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...XES#p99565
    http://www.ooma.com/forums//viewt...=6&t=14373
    http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...=6&t=14918
  • For new activations, no matter what kind of device (even new Ooma Core), now, Ooma requires monthly taxes (Regulatory Recovery Fees). Directly from Ooma forum.
    http://www.ooma.com/forums//viewt...10#p102159
    http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...39#p109939

Q. Aren't those fees mostly federal/state fees/taxes that would be raising any landline by the same amount too?

A. They include regulatory compliance fees, 911 service fees, the Federal Universal Service Charge (U.S. customers only) and state or province and local taxes, fees and surcharges. And from https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator , click on Regulatory Compliance Fee (what's this?). It also includes.....
(3) costs Ooma incurs administering, billing, collecting and making required tax and regulatory filings and complying with other regulations; (That should include all the expenses for operating the computer servers, CSR, etc, administering cost.)



Look up the amount you'll pay monthly here: https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator




Alternative to Ooma (especially if you need Ooma Premier features)
BASIC TALK works out at $12-$16 a month inc fees/taxes when you sign up at www.basictalk.com similar to the ooma premier but you don't have to buy the box.
www.basictalk.com
- $9.99 a month for life + tax (rate will not change)
- Unlimited call to U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico -3000 minute fair use policy
- Free number porting
- Free Basic Talk box device
- Includes Voicemail, Caller ID, 3-way calling, Call waiting, 911 service and many others
- No activation fee

http://www.itpvoip.com/ - ITP Voip, $9.99/month basic plan include unlimited incoming call and 500 outgoing within US/Canada/Puerto Rico.
- Free Linksys router/phone adapter
- Good international rates
- No annual contract
- include number porting
- Voice to email/Text, Advanced call forwarding (based on Time of Day, etc), Outbound call block, Call recording, advanced white/black list by Time of Day, etc

Some useful information about OBi
  • Even though Google Voice don't have E911 support, you can signup for E911 yourself
    Link to How to set-up 911 calling on an OBi device
    http://blog.obihai.com/2011/11/ca...vices.html
    • Cheapest E911 provider is Anveo (at $0.8/month) http://www.anveo.com/service.asp (FREE plan and add E911)
    • If you are switching from POTS to Obi or other voip services, in many states the old phone line will remain active for calling 911. You just leave your phone connected and they disabled outgoing calls at the phone company computers.
    • if you do not want to 'dedicate' a SIP slot for E911, you can use http://www.gv911.com/ - costs $12/year
    • www.smart911.com - Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location.
      Can check availability under the About page.
  • before you start porting your number to GV, check this first http://www.obihai.com/porttutorial.html
  • configuring 'single' stage dialing here - http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...pic=1103.0
  • Obi device offer a lot of powerful features like Auto Attendant (which you can setup your own Interactive response system), Call bridging, etc. AutoAttendant (AA)/Interactive Voice Response (IVR) make the Obi a bit more dynamic for eg. callback for cheap/free call while away from home, etc. And you can record your own AA message.
    Do google search and look at the Obi Admin Guide for more info.
    http://obihai.com/docs/OBiDeviceAdminGuide.pdf
    http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...topic=66.0
    http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...pic=4822.0
    https://www.obitalk.com/forum/ind...pic=2114.0
  • cheapest pay-per-minute is by localphone.com at 0.5 cent/minute to US numbers
  • MagicJack/Nettalk/Ooma can be connected to the POTS line of this obi110 - look at obitalk forum for more info on this. (in theory these are next best to free GV)
  • For people want alternative to GV, here are some good quality and/or low price Voips. Some of those VoIP Services offer phone number in other countries also. Remember this is a standard SIP device so you are not tie to GV and any specific Voip.
  • Some Voip that provide free incoming call. May want to double check and see if this information is out of date or not.
    • For free incoming call, you can also use IpKall. It works with Callcentric to provide free local number in Washington State and free incoming call.
      http://www.ipkall.com/
    • Another service offer free incoming phone number
      http://www.sipgate.com/
  • Here are some of the Voip that offer very low price International Calls
    • Onesuite and localphone offer a lot of local access number so can use it without Voip device. Those two also offer international local access number which you can use outside US. Check their website for more info.
      http://www.onesuite.com (Onesuite has been around for 10+ years and consistently great quality)
      - offer low price long distance
      - Internet Fax
      - Global Call Forwarding
      - Voip phone service
    • http://www.localphone.com (cheapest pay-per-minute is by localphone.com at 0.5 cent/minute to US numbers)



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Quote from MozartA View Post :
Any change of hardware will lose grandfather plan. Directly from Ooma forum.
http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...XES#p99565
http://www.ooma.com/forums//viewt...=6&t=14373
http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...=6&t=14918
If I find an old OOMA on ebay is it grandfather into free for life with no taxes or does it not transfer?
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Quote from Mr.Ritz View Post :
If I find an old OOMA on ebay is it grandfather into free for life with no taxes or does it not transfer?
There is a $80 Device Reactivation fee
http://www.ooma.com/legal/rates

That's why there is no market for used Ooma.

And I think people mentioned that any new activation will include taxes/fee. Doesn't matter what "new" device you try to activate.
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#33
should i switch over from mj+.? Magic jack support blows hard and their dongle has been acting up. How is the call quality and support with ooma?

Also i have a magic jack plus overseas which i use to make free international calls to. Except as of recently it no longer recieves calls and can only dial out because of isp voip blocking. Can ooma be used as a us landline overseas? Has anyone tried?
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Last edited by diamondjoker5 June 7, 2013 at 03:46 PM
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Sort of. You need to pay local taxes. If you go to the Ooma Web site, you're able to estimate the monthly taxes for your area.

I have a much older Ooma system before the taxes came into affect. I pay nothing at all, and I get free calls, caller ID, and voice mail. It's awesome. As long as my box keeps working, I'll keep getting free for life...
I have the same deal.... surprised to find that others are now paying tax... what a great deal we got, way back when Smilie

Quote from rumpletzer View Post :
Sort of. You need to pay local taxes. If you go to the Ooma Web site, you're able to estimate the monthly taxes for your area.

I have a much older Ooma system before the taxes came into affect. I pay nothing at all, and I get free calls, caller ID, and voice mail. It's awesome. As long as my box keeps working, I'll keep getting free for life...
Quote from diamondjoker5 View Post :
should i switch over from mj+.? Magic jack support blows hard and their dongle has been acting up. How is the call quality and support with ooma?
MY WIFE DID NOT EVEN KNOW WE SWITCHED UNTIL YEARS LATER WHEN the power went out and she tried to use the land line Smilie
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Last edited by JeneralJoe June 7, 2013 at 03:45 PM
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Very tempting but... My wife and I have cellphones which unlimited talk. I usually Google Voice to make the call to Canada for free. Some one think do I really need this Ooma? Thanks.
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Very tempting but... My wife and I have cellphones which unlimited talk. I usually Google Voice to make the call to Canada for free. Some one think do I really need this Ooma? Thanks.
we always use landline when at home as much as possible even with unlimited cell minutes. Our main concern is cell phone radiation, besides with ooma, we get much clearer conversation.
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4 very satisfied years with Ooma.
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Is this in store or online only?
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Is this in store or online only?
Should be in store as well.
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this is a great deal. I just told my co-worker about this. I have saved lots of money using Ooma!
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we always use landline when at home as much as possible even with unlimited cell minutes. Our main concern is cell phone radiation, besides with ooma, we get much clearer conversation.
Thank you for your reply. The cell phone phone radiation, in this case, is not my considering due to it has not been proofed by scientist yet. I have no idea how clear conversation when using the Ooma service, but honestly, I have no problem with my cellphone conversation as well.

Any way, thank you for your reply with.
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#42
ooma rocks, way better than net talk. make sure when you hook it up to have the ooma router after your cable modem and then hook up your home network router. that way it has first priority to the bandwidth
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#43
Own Ooma for 3 yrs now. Love it!!! Can't go wrong... Purchased for $159.95 but for $99 heck it's a great deal.
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Stupid... store price is 129, they won't do 99, wasted trip
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#45
I'm "old" school and it was not easy mentally to switch to ooma. Great quality sound....this. Is a no brainer...

slam dunk....repped...ima happy camper
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