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jaewang 393 610 June 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM in Tech & Electronics (2) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Promoted 06-07-2013 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:
Quote from banjolaya View Post :
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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#76
I was about to complete the checkout and noticed that Costco charges sales tax for the price before coupon for this item ($129.99 instead of $99.99). Why is that?
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Quote from mychaelp View Post :
go with the Obihai and Google voice. 100? free. If they charge after December you will have had 6 months free phone service. If I could get it working anyone can. PM me with any questions.
I don't like google voice.
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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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Damn.. This is thanks giving sale price... Good find..
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Quote from banjolaya View Post :
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).
Here are my results from pingtest.net:
Packet loss: 0%
Ping: 37ms
Jitter: 9ms
Are these considered good results for OOMA (or any VoIP for that matter) usage?

Thanks,
Topper
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Quote from Cruise View Post :
God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR Frown I activated it and ported the number already too! You guys think I can return it and buy it from Costco instead?
No need. Staples will price match 14 days after purchase.
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Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System [costco.com]

Product Overview

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Ooma lets you make free U.S. local and long distance calls over the Internet. Just plug your high-speed Internet connection and regular home phone into Ooma, and you're ready to call anywhere in the U.S. for free. All you pay for is applicable taxes and fees. And unlike other Internet phone systems, there's no need for a PC or a headset- just use your phone like you normally would.

Here's what you get with Ooma:

Free U.S. calling AND low international rates. *
Voicemail, numeric caller-ID, call-waiting and 911 service.
Experience Ooma PureVoiceâ„¢ HD Technology: Crystal clear conversations over any high speed Internet connection.
Standalone device compatible with your existing home phones-no computer or headset required-and compatible with most fax machines.
The option to keep your current phone number (for a one-time fee) or pick a new number at no charge.
Low-cost international calling starting at less than a penny per minute.
Access voicemail from any phone or web browser.
Award-winning design and features.
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#83
Can I use this to power all of my phone outlets? I currently have uverse and I have one phone line coming out of the RG that powers the whole house and I like that setup.
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I bought ooma for close to $179 from costco two years ago and I could not be pleased more with their services. I only pay about $3/month in taxes.
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I'll wait for someone else to say it....
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Quote from john_kc View Post :
Can I use this to power all of my phone outlets? I currently have uverse and I have one phone line coming out of the RG that powers the whole house and I like that setup.
Yes, you could, I did it for my sister's house.
http://www.ooma.com/app/support/d...hone-jacks
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Quote from topperdude View Post :
Here are my results from pingtest.net:
Packet loss: 0%
Ping: 37ms
Jitter: 9ms
Are these considered good results for OOMA (or any VoIP for that matter) usage?

Thanks,
Topper
Would also like to know as I have similar results
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Quote from topperdude View Post :
Here are my results from pingtest.net:
Packet loss: 0%
Ping: 37ms
Jitter: 9ms
Are these considered good results for OOMA (or any VoIP for that matter) usage?

Thanks,
Topper
Ping and packet loss are not too bad. Jitter is more of a concern. Run the test several times and you'll see, it will change. Than do a search on google for OOMA jitter too high if over 5. Lengthy read though.
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#89
Good coverage and analysis of alternate products. Thank you very much.
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#90
Great deal. I am very happy with my ooma. Have had it about six months and zero problems. My taxes are $4.95/month.
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