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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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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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#166
Quote from ppc View Post :
will this work over 4G hotspot?
Quote from imlkrsfn2 View Post :
No recommended. Use pingtest.net to check.
You need to connect it to your incoming cable connection, I do not believe you can get it to work wirelessly.
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#167
Does anybody know what the warranty is on a refurbished model vs this costco one? I ordered this and a refurbished one and was wondering if it was worth keeping the refurbished one(through woot) or returning it and getting another one through costco?
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#168
Quote from lima_charlie View Post :
I have an Ooma setup and a Brother MFC attached to it. There has never been a problem for incoming fax, but you may have to use *96, *97, or *98 and then the 10 digit telephone number when sending outgoing fax.

It was trial/error with mine; I ended up using *96. It depends on the amount of "noise" you have on your lines.
I doubt it is model specific but what model do you have?

I plan on hooking up my MFC 7680DW with this OOMA over Comcast Performance internet

TIA!
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#169
Quote from kaabob View Post :
I doubt it is model specific but what model do you have?

I plan on hooking up my MFC 7680DW with this OOMA over Comcast Performance internet

TIA!
I have the MFC 5895CW; however, the fax issue I believe is universal to trying to send fax over VOIP lines. I don't remember the website that told me to try the *9? prefixes, but it seemed to help with my line issues...
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#170
Quote from lima_charlie View Post :
I have an Ooma setup and a Brother MFC attached to it. There has never been a problem for incoming fax, but you may have to use *96, *97, or *98 and then the 10 digit telephone number when sending outgoing fax.

It was trial/error with mine; I ended up using *96. It depends on the amount of "noise" you have on your lines.
Thanks for the tip, will try!
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#171
Saw this $99.99 at b&m costco today.
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#172
Quote from mychaelp View Post :
You can hook the Obi to your phone jack in the wall, then plug all your other phones into the same jacks you used before. However, in my use, my cordless in the living room had a slight delay with all calls. Moved it closer to the Obi and fixed. My wiring may be to blame, but wanted to mention it. Obi is 100% free with Google Voice through the end of this year at least. But there is a e911 service for 0.80c/month you can get and I suggest it, as cell phones don't do 911 very well and accurately from what I've read. (others may have different information) The e911 does use normal phone lines and circuits, so you don't get the full 911 advantage I read about where in cases where phone lines are out of service, 911 will still work. Read something a few years ago that all VoiP providers had to notify customers about this. Just be aware. But at the price of the Obi, I went for it, did the porting to T-mobile first for free, then to Google Voice for $20... worth it so far, 2 months or so and going.
I know it is lost some where on this forum. Any links to port my # to t-mobile?
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#173
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I know it is lost some where on this forum. Any links to port my # to t-mobile?
You just do it when you sign up for a T-Mobile account on their web site. They ask you if you want a new number or to port your existing.
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#174
Quote from mychaelp View Post :
You just do it when you sign up for a T-Mobile account on their web site. They ask you if you want a new number or to port your existing.
Got it. I have a sim kit lying some where with me.
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#175
Quote from dadab View Post :
Got it. I have a sim kit lying some where with me.
It's pretty quick.. You will need to have some money on the SIM to get it to work though. They will call the phone to confirm it's you... then on over at Google, they will call the T-Mobile SIM number as well, you enter a number or two, then done. Took me 3 days total, but maybe because it was a weekend.
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#176
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It's pretty quick.. You will need to have some money on the SIM to get it to work though. They will call the phone to confirm it's you... then on over at Google, they will call the T-Mobile SIM number as well, you enter a number or two, then done. Took me 3 days total, but maybe because it was a weekend.
NVM. had to give my phone # and password over the phone. Seems weird to give username/password over the phone. Status = Already porting. Smilie
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Last edited by dadab June 21, 2013 at 07:11 AM
#177
Quote from mychaelp View Post :
It's pretty quick.. You will need to have some money on the SIM to get it to work though. They will call the phone to confirm it's you... then on over at Google, they will call the T-Mobile SIM number as well, you enter a number or two, then done. Took me 3 days total, but maybe because it was a weekend.

Ooma is giving excuses to release my number. First time request was rejected by simple reason - Information does not match their records. I had to call t-mobile and verified Name/address again and will see how it goes. Not happy with transfer out being rejected. Frown
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#178
Deal is back on and lasts until tomorrow (8/12):

http://www.costco.com/Ooma-Telo-V...03374.html
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#179
OOMA only $99 Free shipping
http://www3.ooma.com/refer-a-frie...de=FEL6571

April 2014
OOMA only $99 + Free Shipping
http://www3.ooma.com/refer-a-frie...de=FEL6571
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