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jaewang 397 610 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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#136
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What do I need to do the fax? Just a regular fax machine connected Ooma?
That's all. It just works.
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Quote from PooMBA View Post :
That's all. It just works.
Awesome! Will try
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Quote from sklar View Post :
Yeah, I hate it too when people bring up cheaper, equivalent solutions to a deal. I should just be able to buy the more expensive one and find out later I could have bought the same thing for half price. I like that " doh, I could have had a v8" moment...

I've had both for some time, including beta testing oomas products. Excepting a little more setup on the obi units (easy if you can follow directions) and having to sign up separately for e911 I see no operational difference but quite a cost difference.

It's not trolling or thread crapping to offer up cheaper options. When my ooma dies I'm replacing it with another obi unit.
Actually Obi as a hardware device is a lot more powerful than Ooma.

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. Setting up your auto response system to do things like asking for pass code. And Press "1" to ...., Press "2" to......, etc.
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
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nettalk stock has been at 8 cents/share for the past couple months. it's going to file bankruptcy soon.

i just wonder how people still pay for this device when you actually have to pay tax + fee every month. it's not free. it's like $5-$7/month on tax & 911 fee. how people still pay for this device monthly on tax + fees is beyond me.
How is Ooma related to nettalk?
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How is Ooma related to nettalk?
why not?
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#141
So looking at the device it looks like it has it's own integrated answering machine? Can that be disabled? Just to keep things simple would rather just use the one on the current phone.
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Quote from g725s View Post :
How is Ooma related to nettalk?
Quote from microkelvin View Post :
why not?
They both use VoIP technology.
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Quote from unimatrixzer0 View Post :
So looking at the device it looks like it has it's own integrated answering machine? Can that be disabled? Just to keep things simple would rather just use the one on the current phone.
I have set Ooma to answer after say 10 rings, where as I have set my phone's answering machine to answer after 4 rings. You can't disable Ooma voicemail yourself. But if you contact Ooma Customer Support, they can disable it on a permenant basis. Once disabled, Ooma voicemail can't be re-enabled.
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Anyone know if I bought an Ooma two years ago but didn't activate it, will it charge taxes if I activate it now?
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#145
I purchased this Ooma system off Amazon for $150 about two weeks ago. I wish I would have gotten in on this deal. This system is amazing to me. I have had Vonage before and it was good but when I loved out into the country where there is only DSL I switched over to Centurylink. After three months of their phone service, I canceled the home phone. The quality of the phone calls no mater which jack used was so bad it was untolerable. I would often get my cell phone and call people back that called me or use it to make calls so we just went without a home phone for a year or two.

No one really likes going without a home phone. It's just nice to have but everyone loves to save money. Ooma gives me the best quality service I have had to date. Crystal clear on slow DSL internet and loaded with features. I will likely cancel the premium trial and go with the free + tax basic plan which I anticipate changing little how i use this service.

I have been screaming Ooma from the roof tops to all my friends for the past week! It's nice to be able to fax from my all-in-one again as that need popped up many times and using a free online faxing service can be unreliable.

Thanks Jason
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#146
Quote from AlishVerish View Post :
Anyone know if I bought an Ooma two years ago but didn't activate it, will it charge taxes if I activate it now?
Directly from Ooma official forum.

http://www.ooma.com/forums//viewt...10#p102159
http://www.ooma.com/forums/viewto...39#p109939

"For new activations, no matter what kind of device, now, Ooma requires monthly taxes (Regulatory Recovery Fees)."


Pretty much Ooma is getting rid of "free/no fee" user by...
1) grandfather plan is tied to the device. So any change of hardware will lose the no tax/no fee plan. Or the discounted Premier plan.
2) Any new activation, Ooma required monthly taxes. Doesn't matter if it is Ooma Core or some very old version of Ooma that never been activated.
3) Once the old Ooma is deactivated, when you reactivate the device, it is count as "new activation" which 2) apply plus they will charge a reactivation fee ($80). Meaning, Ooma required monthly taxes when you reactivate something like an deactivated used Ooma Core.
4) Even if you activate your Ooma Core that has no taxes/fee, if you don't use it for certain period of time, they will deactivate your account. When you reactivate your account/device, it will count as device reactivation which require reactivation fee and lose the grandfather plan.
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Last edited by MozartA June 9, 2013 at 04:48 PM
#147
Quote from getdealsonline View Post :
wondering why people would pay $3 - 5 taxes every month?

with OBI, I don't pay a cent and 2 cent a min. international call Stick Out Tongue
Cancelled Ooma orders and decided to go for OBi.
Thanks SD!
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Cancelled Ooma orders and decided to go for OBi.
Thanks SD!
sure, happy to help! glad that you saved over ooma.
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What do I need to do the fax? Just a regular fax machine connected Ooma?
Yes. I have my all-in-one connected.
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Will ooma work with my alarm system?
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