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jaewang 06-07-2013 11:43 AM

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System $107 or less + Free Shipping
 
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

Update:
Quote:

Originally Posted by nyhteg (Post 59952422)
Stupid... store price is 129, they won't do 99, wasted trip

Word of caution from banjolaya on post #77:
Quote:

Originally Posted by banjolaya (Post 59955566)
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).


yuugotserved 06-07-2013 11:43 AM

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System $107 or less + Free Shipping
 
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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

wikipost 06-07-2013 11:43 AM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
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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vietsd 06-07-2013 11:48 AM

Good price plus good return policy!

3Wire 06-07-2013 11:56 AM

Just picked this up at my local Costco last weekend (at $129.99). Guess I'll be visiting customer service today to see if they'll give me my price adjustment. Or I'll just return it and order one from Costco online.

usthaiguy 06-07-2013 12:11 PM

amazing price. We typically see this price for Refurbs.

jbj 06-07-2013 12:12 PM

Best price so far. To the frontpage!

udayaec 06-07-2013 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vietsd (Post 59946200)
Good price plus good return policy!


Where can I see the return policy.

jayyysunnn 06-07-2013 12:31 PM

Does Amazon price match this? :DD

dandan 06-07-2013 12:35 PM

Not sure about Amazon but Staples will price match:

"Staples.com will price match select competitors’ websites as well as Staples’ retail stores. These select competitors are: Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, Office Max, Quill, Medical Arts Press, Reliable, Sam’s Club, Wal—mart, WB Mason and Xerox. Items must be sold and shipped by one of these competitors."

3Wire 06-07-2013 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by udayaec (Post 59947192)
Where can I see the return policy.

Costco Return Policy

"We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. The following must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund: televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touch screen tablets, MP3 players and cellular phones."

This basically translates into a lifetime return policy for everything but the exceptions noted.
Unfortunately this means that people also take advantage of the policy as well. I've seen years old barbeque grills, old patio furniture, etc. being returned for full credit. I've also heard of a customer who returned a 10 year old mattress set for a full refund.

udayaec 06-07-2013 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3Wire (Post 59947784)
Costco Return Policy

"We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. The following must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund: televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touch screen tablets, MP3 players and cellular phones."

This basically translates into a lifetime return policy for everything but the exceptions noted.
Unfortunately this means that people also take advantage of the policy as well. I've seen years old barbeque grills, old patio furniture, etc. being returned for full credit. I've also heard of a customer who returned a 10 year old mattress set for a full refund.

Thanks for the info Repped

garfield00 06-07-2013 01:01 PM

thank you OP for posting this, I got a PM adjustment from my earlier order at Staples.

xur17 06-07-2013 01:18 PM

Can I buy from Costco's website without a membership?

oldorchard 06-07-2013 01:18 PM

Is it better to get this from costco or ooma's website with the freebies that come along- Bluetooth wireless or a premier service for 90days etc. ?

Mr.Ritz 06-07-2013 01:19 PM

I forget is this the company where you just buy the hardware and its free calls for life?

xur17 06-07-2013 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59948420)
I forget is this the company where you just buy the hardware and its free calls for life?

Free calls for life. You pay the taxes and fees ($3.71/month for my area): https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator

Mr.Ritz 06-07-2013 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xur17 (Post 59948438)
Free calls for life. You pay the taxes and fees ($3.71/month for my area): https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator

I wish I could get my mom to switch to something like this.. She refuses tho saying she doesn't trust anything over a POTS line. She pays 30 bucks a month + long distances.. What a fail if you ask me.

rumpletzer 06-07-2013 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59948420)
I forget is this the company where you just buy the hardware and its free calls for life?

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...

xur17 06-07-2013 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59948478)
I wish I could get my mom to switch to something like this.. She refuses tho saying she doesn't trust anything over a POTS line. She pays 30 bucks a month + long distances.. What a fail if you ask me.

I'm finally getting my parents to switch to it. They've been using a borrowed Obi110 of mine for some calls, and it's worked pretty well so far.

koolwadz 06-07-2013 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59948420)
I forget is this the company where you just buy the hardware and its free calls for life?

are you referring to obi?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruise (Post 59948530)
God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR :( I activated it and ported the number already too! You guys think I can return it and buy it from Costco instead?

yes you can...

Cruise 06-07-2013 01:24 PM

God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR :( I activated it and ported the number already too! You guys think I can return it and buy it from Costco instead?

roadrunnercj 06-07-2013 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruise (Post 59948530)
God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR :( I activated it and ported the number already too! You guys think I can return it and buy it from Costco instead?

I would just revist the store and get the credit

MozartA 06-07-2013 01:29 PM

Seems like a good price for new Ooma. I assume Costco one don't force you to sign up for the Premier Service.

ximage 06-07-2013 01:29 PM

does anyone know if it's in store also or online only?

xur17 06-07-2013 01:37 PM

They have a lifetime return policy, correct? So, if it ever stops working, I can ship it back?

jimuk 06-07-2013 01:45 PM

If you upgrade from OOMA Hub to this you are not paying any fee etc?

MozartA 06-07-2013 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimuk (Post 59949062)
If you upgrade from OOMA Hub to this you are not paying any fee etc?

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

jimuk 06-07-2013 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MozartA (Post 59949086)

Thanks + Reps.

bjoyful 06-07-2013 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by garfield00 (Post 59948024)
thank you OP for posting this, I got a PM adjustment from my earlier order at Staples.

I bought mine from Staples.com on Sunday. What did you tell them and how much price adjustment did you get? Thanks.

Mr.Ritz 06-07-2013 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MozartA (Post 59949086)

If I find an old OOMA on ebay is it grandfather into free for life with no taxes or does it not transfer?

MozartA 06-07-2013 02:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59949724)
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.

diamondjoker5 06-07-2013 03:43 PM

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?

JeneralJoe 06-07-2013 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rumpletzer (Post 59948488)
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 :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by rumpletzer (Post 59948488)
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:

Originally Posted by diamondjoker5 (Post 59951382)
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 :)

jep08 06-07-2013 03:53 PM

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.

dingslu 06-07-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jep08 (Post 59951568)
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.

INSANECANES 06-07-2013 03:59 PM

4 very satisfied years with Ooma.

tooquick 06-07-2013 04:00 PM

Is this in store or online only?

jaewang 06-07-2013 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tooquick (Post 59951674)
Is this in store or online only?

Should be in store as well.

cirenawk 06-07-2013 04:06 PM

this is a great deal. I just told my co-worker about this. I have saved lots of money using Ooma!

jep08 06-07-2013 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dingslu (Post 59951642)
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.

smiles233 06-07-2013 04:17 PM

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

m3tek44 06-07-2013 04:24 PM

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.

megapixle 06-07-2013 04:42 PM

Stupid... store price is 129, they won't do 99, wasted trip

namrats 06-07-2013 04:42 PM

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

AbeA 06-07-2013 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruise (Post 59948530)
God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR :( I activated it and ported the number already too! You guys think I can return it and buy it from Costco instead?

you just hit my pet peeve using the expression 'god d..." i wish you wouldnt.

dorkino 06-07-2013 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xur17 (Post 59948390)
Can I buy from Costco's website without a membership?


Yes, you just pay more.

hale_image 06-07-2013 04:50 PM

Just picked this up at my local Costco Thanks

3Wire 06-07-2013 04:50 PM

This is an online only price. Bought this exact unit at my local Costco on May 31 (7 days ago) for $129.99 plus tax. Total was $141.36.

Took my still "new in box" unit back to Costco this afternoon. They couldn't do a price adjustment on the online price of $99.99 so I just returned it. Drove home (3.5 miles) and ordered the unit online. Total new out of pocket cost was $110.39 and I'll have the unit in about a week. So I saved $30.97 by returning the store bought unit.

kittyloo 06-07-2013 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59948420)
I forget is this the company where you just buy the hardware and its free calls for life?

Yes, after you buy the hardware just pay applicable taxes and fees in your area!

hook13 06-07-2013 04:59 PM

so does this just work with one phone? or can I plug it into where the phone line enters the house?

kittyloo 06-07-2013 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jep08 (Post 59951568)
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.

Keep in mind you don't get 911 service with Google Voice. With Ooma you get 911 Alerts - send an email or text when you call 911 from your device!

SlickRat 06-07-2013 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jep08 (Post 59951788)
The cell phone phone radiation, in this case, is not my considering due to it has not been proofed by scientist yet.

What flipping country are you from?

wrtoyworks 06-07-2013 05:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ratko (Post 59952850)
What flipping country are you from?

Why is this better than just getting an obihai obi202, obi100, or ob110 for $50 or less? I have an obi202, works flawlessly with google voice number, 911 service is a buck or so a month via several sites. Just wondering why spend $100 vs. $50 upfront, then pay $4/month vs $2/month for 911 with the obihai unit?

collarman 06-07-2013 05:15 PM

why would someone want this when you can just buy an obi for about $30 and used Google voice to make voip calls! Can anyone advise the advantages of owning this over obi?

SlickRat 06-07-2013 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59952952)
Why is this better than just getting an obihai obi202, obi100, or ob110 for $50 or less? I have an obi202, works flawlessly with google voice number, 911 service is a buck or so a month via several sites. Just wondering why spend $100 vs. $50 upfront, then pay $4/month vs $2/month for 911 with the obihai unit?

Why are you quoting me?

wickedwyrm 06-07-2013 05:29 PM

I've had it for almost 2 years and it is great. Taxes cost me about $4.50/mo in my area.

ECartman 06-07-2013 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59952952)
Why is this better than just getting an obihai obi202, obi100, or ob110 for $50 or less? I have an obi202, works flawlessly with google voice number, 911 service is a buck or so a month via several sites. Just wondering why spend $100 vs. $50 upfront, then pay $4/month vs $2/month for 911 with the obihai unit?

I have the exact same question. I have several Obi's deployed, all with E911 ($12/yr). I get excellent voice quality. Not sure why I would need Ooma.

cvinje 06-07-2013 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ECartman (Post 59953244)
I have the exact same question. I have several Obi's deployed, all with E911 ($12/yr). I get excellent voice quality. Not sure why I would need Ooma.

The only reason I can see that I'd want to get Ooma versus the Obi is that Ooma can port directly for their fee while if I go with Obi and want to keep my existing POTS number, I'd have to port to T-Mobile first (hope that goes OK), and then port to Obi. Otherwise, I don't see too much of a difference besides brand recognition / market share.

xur17 06-07-2013 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cvinje (Post 59953388)
The only reason I can see that I'd want to get Ooma versus the Obi is that Ooma can port directly for their fee while if I go with Obi and want to keep my existing POTS number, I'd have to port to T-Mobile first (hope that goes OK), and then port to Obi. Otherwise, I don't see too much of a difference besides brand recognition / market share.

Obi with Google Voice uses G711, which doesn't compensate for packet loss. If you are on a low quality network, this can cause audio problems. Ooma uses better codecs that help with this issue. Also, Google Voice doesn't have very good support, so some people may be hesitant to move their main landline to it, since there is no one to call if they have issues.

cvinje 06-07-2013 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xur17 (Post 59953422)
Obi with Google Voice uses G711, which doesn't compensate for packet loss. If you are on a low quality network, this can cause audio problems. Ooma uses better codecs that help with this issue. Also, Google Voice doesn't have very good support, so some people may be hesitant to move their main landline to it, since there is no one to call if they have issues.

Excellent information! Thank you very much!
Repped

shjaythi 06-07-2013 05:56 PM

Yes. I think they charge 5% extra for non-members.

Quote:

Originally Posted by xur17 (Post 59948390)
Can I buy from Costco's website without a membership?


jep08 06-07-2013 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kittyloo (Post 59952776)
Keep in mind you don't get 911 service with Google Voice. With Ooma you get 911 Alerts - send an email or text when you call 911 from your device!

But which my cell phone, I can call 911.

davinci73 06-07-2013 06:35 PM

I paid over 200 for my ooma back 4 years ago... I told comcast to shove it... one oc the best investments I ever bought. Been saving me money every month with absolutely free service. Got one for my parents last year and they pay $3.90 a month in taxes.

eyeslick 06-07-2013 06:37 PM

oomas are amazing -
we got rid of our land lines years ago

neonneon 06-07-2013 06:41 PM

GOOD deal imo. :nod: Picked a refurb up at $99 for a friend recently... same price for new is great. Thanks & reps, OP.

iHateDeals 06-07-2013 06:46 PM

Do they offer international calling service ?

Gucio 06-07-2013 06:59 PM

Thanx OP, perfect timing for this. Got one.

SB1 06-07-2013 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbeA (Post 59952476)
you just hit my pet peeve using the expression 'god d..." i wish you wouldnt.

you should stick to church websites

toolbox1 06-07-2013 07:17 PM

Thanks op. Picked up one from woot yesterday and one today.

mulliganman 06-07-2013 07:18 PM

Did the fees recently drop? My zip code only shows $3.71 in taxes and fees. I thought I had checked it before and it was in the five to six dollar range.

Vertebreaker 06-07-2013 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iHateDeals (Post 59954374)
Do they offer international calling service ?

If I remember correctly it's like a penny a minute or something like that. You just have to put a deposit onto your account which I believe $10 is the minimum then you can make international calls. Then it substracts from that deposit amount.

RugerRedhawk 06-07-2013 07:19 PM

Great deal been using for a couple years now. Never a problem except when time warner craps out on us.

Mr.Ritz 06-07-2013 07:35 PM

Id be all over this if I could just buy it.. hook it up and forget it.. Kinda sucks you have to worry about a fee every month.

mychaelp 06-07-2013 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Ritz (Post 59955104)
Id be all over this if I could just buy it.. hook it up and forget it.. Kinda sucks you have to worry about a fee every month.

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.

mini2007 06-07-2013 07:54 PM

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?

Mr.Ritz 06-07-2013 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 59955252)
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.

banjolaya 06-07-2013 08:06 PM

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).

somurajji 06-07-2013 09:40 PM

Damn.. This is thanks giving sale price... Good find..

topperdude 06-07-2013 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by banjolaya (Post 59955566)
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

usthaiguy 06-07-2013 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruise (Post 59948530)
God damnit, I just bought it from Staples yesterday for $130 AR :( 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.

Cookie21 06-07-2013 10:12 PM

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System $99.99 fs @ costco
 
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 PureVoice™ 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.

john_kc 06-07-2013 10:16 PM

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.

enriguep 06-07-2013 10:19 PM

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.

SMAX 06-07-2013 10:21 PM

I'll wait for someone else to say it....

form-0 06-07-2013 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by john_kc (Post 59957244)
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

mulliganman 06-07-2013 11:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topperdude (Post 59956924)
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

banjolaya 06-07-2013 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topperdude (Post 59956924)
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.

cooldeal2003 06-07-2013 11:45 PM

Good coverage and analysis of alternate products. Thank you very much.

WeirdBeard 06-08-2013 12:01 AM

Great deal. I am very happy with my ooma. Have had it about six months and zero problems. My taxes are $4.95/month.

johnfoe 06-08-2013 12:01 AM

ooma works great for me and has for the past 3-4 years

here are my results:

0% packet loss
29ms ping
7ms jitter

works great even when streaming netflix movies

leo4deals 06-08-2013 12:03 AM

black friday price!

PooMBA 06-08-2013 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jep08 (Post 59951788)
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.

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134...study-says

You are right. No positive proof so far, there is increased activity in parts of the brain, but the long term effect is inconclusive.

Quote:

Originally Posted by john_kc (Post 59957244)
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.

That's how I have set it up.

pmt 06-08-2013 12:47 AM

I don't like to pay ANY recurring fees:

1) I connect my home phone to a Freetalk Connectme Skype adapter, so calls to my skype account will ring my home phone (i.e., family abroad call my skype account for free, and my home phone rings). I also make outgoing international calls through Skype for their low rates (and lots of cheap credit from various deals)

2) I ALSO plug the Skype adapter into an Obi202 to get google voice, with domestic US calls going out free through google voice, and giving me a free US landline number for people to call me as normal

This gives me the best of all worlds-- no recurring fees at all, free US domestic calls, free US number for people to call me, free skype calls to my home phone (e.g., parents overseas call my skype account), and cheap international calls using my skype account. I could even add a cheap e911 number to my Obi if I wanted. Note: my home phone is a wireless set, so the base is plugged into the Skype adapter, and all the wireless sets are automatically connected.

pug_ster 06-08-2013 01:10 AM

Last year I attempted to ditch Vonage for google voice for obihai/google voice. But I ended up going back to vonage because voice quality for international calls was terrible. This year I attempted to ditch vonage again for google voice and international calls seems to be fine. So I don't see what's so good about ooma anymore...

GigaBite 06-08-2013 02:43 AM

What if I buy this now, activate it, then end up moving to a different city in the future? How will the move affect my phone number and tax rate? Will the system know its been moved to a different zip code and require re-activation?

sinvids 06-08-2013 04:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GigaBite (Post 59958860)
What if I buy this now, activate it, then end up moving to a different city in the future? How will the move affect my phone number and tax rate? Will the system know its been moved to a different zip code and require re-activation?

I don't think this affects the Ooma. I think you can take it with you when you move, plug it in the wall and start using it again.
I started using Ooma about a year ago and couldn't be more happy! It saves me approx $70.00 a month. And I think the sound quality is amazing.

From ooma's website:

When you move, the last thing you want to worry about is your home phone service. Fortunately, Ooma makes it extremely simple! Once your high-speed Internet connection is ready to go your new house, simply set up your Ooma device following the set up instructions in the Quick Start Guide. Once you’re up and running, all that’s left to do is to make sure to update your service address for 911 purposes.


If I move to a new area code, can I change my phone number to a local number for my new location?
If you move to a new area code, you can contact customer support to request a phone number change so that you can have a local number for your new location

3Wire 06-08-2013 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mini2007 (Post 59955374)
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?

Some states require that sales tax be computed on the pre-discount price. They started doing this when $300 cell phones were being given away (with a 2 year contract). Politicians don't like losing money.

g725s 06-08-2013 06:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hook13 (Post 59952768)
so does this just work with one phone? or can I plug it into where the phone line enters the house?

Yes more than one phone. Just need to hook it to your phone wiring at some point in the line. Or just hook it up to a wireless phone system.

mrbrucermurray 06-08-2013 06:48 AM

Just a note...may be fiction..voice traffic is bounced from one box to another until it exist local node..http://www.shodanhq.com/search?q=ooma ..i dont care grandaddyed in zero for me

dutycall 06-08-2013 07:32 AM

I have used this system for 5 + years. It was great before they added the monthly fee. I still have mine as there is no monthly fee.

I also have the OBI for the past 2 years.

With the OBI there is no monthly fee. As long as Google Voice is free your home phone will be free. It also integrates better with your PC, Tablet....etc...

wrtoyworks 06-08-2013 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ECartman (Post 59953244)
I have the exact same question. I have several Obi's deployed, all with E911 ($12/yr). I get excellent voice quality. Not sure why I would need Ooma.

Does anyone have an opinion on best site/provider to get E911 service for the Obihai units like 202, 110, etc? I realize it is included with the ooma, but if we want to add to an existing obi202 instead? Any help appreciated...

phanman11 06-08-2013 08:35 AM

Got Ooma over 6 years ago. Best investment I made. Still no fees on original hardware.

MozartA 06-08-2013 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59961504)
Does anyone have an opinion on best site/provider to get E911 service for the Obihai units like 202, 110, etc? I realize it is included with the ooma, but if we want to add to an existing obi202 instead? Any help appreciated...

There are some information about E911 service for any Voip device in the Wiki.

websk8r2000 06-08-2013 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59961504)
Does anyone have an opinion on best site/provider to get E911 service for the Obihai units like 202, 110, etc? I realize it is included with the ooma, but if we want to add to an existing obi202 instead? Any help appreciated...

Here's snippet from OBi deal Wiki. I personally don't have experience with any of these tough.
  • 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.

MecroU 06-08-2013 09:06 AM

Awesome price for a great VOIP system, thanks.

dbay.com 06-08-2013 09:17 AM

Number Porting- I punched in my number and it says "We may not be able to port your phone number to Ooma at this time. We are always expanding our coverage, so please check back with us later!"

Don't I 'own' my number? I don't want to buy this if I have to change my number- its for my business and I have my number on all of my advertising, signs etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm sick of sending $60 a month to the phone co.

wrtoyworks 06-08-2013 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbay.com (Post 59962082)
Number Porting- I punched in my number and it says "We may not be able to port your phone number to Ooma at this time. We are always expanding our coverage, so please check back with us later!"

Don't I 'own' my number? I don't want to buy this if I have to change my number- its for my business and I have my number on all of my advertising, signs etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm sick of sending $60 a month to the phone co.

I had same problem. Porting my landline number to any voip provider simply does not work--including vonnage, google voice, etc. So I followed others' advice to port landline to a cell/mobile plan first, then transfer from the cell provider to voip provider. That works for many, but not for the phone number we've had the past 25 years. So we had to decider whether to a) keep landline, b) keep as cell phone, or c) let the number go and get a brand new number for voip (which we did with google voice). So some numbers simply won't port, based on the area code + first 3 numbers of phone number.

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59962184)
I had same problem. Porting my landline number to any voip provider simply does not work--including vonnage, google voice, etc. So I followed others' advice to port landline to a cell/mobile plan first, then transfer from the cell provider to voip provider. That works for many, but not for the phone number we've had the past 25 years. So we had to decider whether to a) keep landline, b) keep as cell phone, or c) let the number go and get a brand new number for voip (which we did with google voice). So some numbers simply won't port, based on the area code + first 3 numbers of phone number.

Each provider like vonnage, google voice, others usually provides a way to check if your number will port before you buy equipment or actually try to port. But my experience has been that if one provider (like oomla) says won't port, it won't for any other voip either.

c627627 06-08-2013 10:17 AM

Just doing the math and would appreciate if someone with experience would comment:

I know that netTALK has no customer service (2 hour wait if you ever need help) so that it is effectively a huge gamble since if your netTALK device dies after the store return period expires - you're on your own but what are the disadvantages of netTALK IF you get a working unit? If the upfront cost is less, particularly if you get it on sale and yearly fees are the same or lower if you live in a tax-high area.


So if you buy it somewhere you can return it to like Staples, are you not better off $-wise if you can be lucky enough to get a working device and test netTALK to work?


Pls correct me if I'm wrong but the math appears to be: three times less $ upfront for netTALK or two times less if there is no sale. Then free first year on netTALK (so 12x whatever the monthly rate is on Ooma of savings) and then after that they are close to even or netTALK is less, depending on which TAX state you are in.


Also, can someone confirm that Ooma does Fax machines like netTALK? If Ooma also does faxes, then is better customer service the reason we should pay so much more upfront because sound quality only matters if you buy netTALK from somewhere you can't return/exchange it from and you're unlucky enough to get a bad device.

relaymy 06-08-2013 10:19 AM

Is OBI 100% free monthly for calling within US or you have to pay extra for VOIP services?
Can you hook up all of your home phones to one OBI 100?

kabbalah 06-08-2013 10:20 AM

Are these better than a magic jack?

hugodramos 06-08-2013 10:49 AM

After debating to buy it for a couple of years, I made the change to Ooma last year. It is one of the best decisions I made. Unlimited calling to the US, can't beat that. With my previous telephone provider I used to pay over $25 dlls to have 1,000 minutes to call to Mexico. WIth Ooma I pay $10.00 dlls for 1,000 minutes. Do the math. Ooma=GREAT SAVINGS. In addition, I traveled to Mexico in January and took my Ooma with me. I connected it to the Internet and was making calls to the US as if I was here in the US. No additional costs. I recommend that if you are thinking of buying Ooma, you are wasting your time by thinking about it. Just buy it!

the_bhagwan 06-08-2013 10:55 AM

My sales tax rate is 9.5%,
They are charging me tax on full $129 amount.
I think it should be 9.5% of $99.99

Subtotal: $129.99
Less Promo Code: ($30.00)
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Tax: $12.35

Order Total: $112.34

EDIT: answered my own question. What a scam the government has going here. Same goes for mail in rebates.
___________________________

Sales Tax Charge on Pre-Coupon Price

Costco offers our members special savings on selected name brand products. The manufacturers of these items, both regional and national in market, participate by reimbursing costco for the amount of coupons and discounts redeemed.

Under tax law, the discount offered under a manufacturer’s coupon, where the manufacturer funds the discount, is subject to sales tax. Most states take the position that the merchandise is still being sold for the full original sales price. In these situations, the law requires that sales tax be calculated and charged on the sales price prior to any discount.

In all states where we have warehouses, except CT, MA, PA, and TX, items are taxed before the coupon is deducted.

Eagles89 06-08-2013 10:58 AM

I don't understand why someone would get this and have to pay $5 in taxes each month when you can get Obi for like $40 and not have to pay taxes. They both do the same exact thing.

mychaelp 06-08-2013 11:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by relaymy (Post 59962888)
Is OBI 100% free monthly for calling within US or you have to pay extra for VOIP services?
Can you hook up all of your home phones to one OBI 100?

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.

smashfaq 06-08-2013 11:07 AM

can i use fax (in 3-1 copier/scanner/fax brother machine) with this device?

gmxno 06-08-2013 11:20 AM

I also feel it was higher earlier; now when I check most of the states show up as $3.71..I am still debating whether to get this one or not...

Quote:

Originally Posted by mulliganman (Post 59954834)
Did the fees recently drop? My zip code only shows $3.71 in taxes and fees. I thought I had checked it before and it was in the five to six dollar range.


gmxno 06-08-2013 11:23 AM

What did you do for your international calls; I wanted to ditch Vonage but I did not find any better alternative to use for international calls (around 2000 minutes a month) :)
If there is a cheaper alternative for international calls I would ditch Vonage next day ...

Quote:

Originally Posted by pug_ster (Post 59958528)
Last year I attempted to ditch Vonage for google voice for obihai/google voice. But I ended up going back to vonage because voice quality for international calls was terrible. This year I attempted to ditch vonage again for google voice and international calls seems to be fine. So I don't see what's so good about ooma anymore...


relaymy 06-08-2013 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 59963430)
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.


Thanks! So basically Obi is free as long as Google Voice is free.

Eagles89 06-08-2013 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by relaymy (Post 59963786)
Thanks! So basically Obi is free as long as Google Voice is free.

Yes. Even if google voice does start charging, it won't be higher than Skype's $3/month unlimited plan.

Also, Google voice's international rates are 50% lower than Skype.

DBC 06-08-2013 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrtoyworks (Post 59962184)
I had same problem. Porting my landline number to any voip provider simply does not work--including vonnage, google voice, etc. So I followed others' advice to port landline to a cell/mobile plan first, then transfer from the cell provider to voip provider. That works for many, but not for the phone number we've had the past 25 years. So we had to decider whether to a) keep landline, b) keep as cell phone, or c) let the number go and get a brand new number for voip (which we did with google voice). So some numbers simply won't port, based on the area code + first 3 numbers of phone number.

Yeah, and if you want to port it to a cell phone provider, T-Mobile often gives away free sims that can be activated as prepaid plans and will come with a couple of minutes.

RogueJayhawk 06-08-2013 03:48 PM

I currently have Time Warner Phone Service. Do I cancel my TWC service then hook up this or do I hook OOMA up first using my current number and then cancel with TWC? Is there a way I can find out if I can keep my same number before I commit to this?

toolbox1 06-08-2013 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RogueJayhawk (Post 59966676)
I currently have Time Warner Phone Service. Do I cancel my TWC service then hook up this or do I hook OOMA up first using my current number and then cancel with TWC? Is there a way I can find out if I can keep my same number before I commit to this?


You activate your ooma, then go through the ooma website to transfer your phone number. Do not cancel your TWC phone service until you get confirmation that ooma has switched your number over. This may take a few weeks. After the confirmation you can flip TWC the bird.

rbarkus 06-08-2013 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by john_kc (Post 59957244)
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 can.

mychaelp 06-08-2013 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by relaymy (Post 59963786)
Thanks! So basically Obi is free as long as Google Voice is free.

Yes, but with the cost it more than pays for itself in 1-2 months depending on your service. Google Voice has been free for multiple years already. The main reason to go this route is to save money. So why not save for at least 6 months? Many people on here jump on deals that save them $4 or so here, or drive out of their way to save a few more bucks. This option saves you at least $60 for hardware over Ooma, and then the extra fee they charge each month. Up to you, but for me it has been worth it so far.
oh, and I checked resell value on Ebay for the Obi, and it's pretty close to the new prices, maybe 10-20% off, so if someone were to want to sell it later, it's a good deal.

rbarkus 06-08-2013 04:27 PM

We switched to an Ooma system a year ago because of the community and personal blacklist capability that comes with the premium service. We were getting over a dozen telemarketing/political/donation calls a day.

It's one of the best decisions that we have made. Dumping our landline cut our phone bill in half and added many services, the voice quality is indistinguishable from a land line, it passes the caller id info to our cordless Dect 6.0 phone system flawlessly and no more telemarketing calls. It is so much better than a standard land line! With premium service, our payback period was about 8 months.

This one time to believe Consumer Reports: this is the top VOIP solution.

snowcrash 06-08-2013 05:15 PM

Poor Ooma. Every single thread that appears on SD gets bombarded with Obi posts. Just like Dell monitor threads have bazillions of Catleap thread crappers.

sklar 06-08-2013 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snowcrash (Post 59967624)
Poor Ooma. Every single thread that appears on SD gets bombarded with Obi posts. Just like Dell monitor threads have bazillions of Catleap thread crappers.

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.

microkelvin 06-08-2013 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snowcrash (Post 59967624)
Poor Ooma. Every single thread that appears on SD gets bombarded with Obi posts. Just like Dell monitor threads have bazillions of Catleap thread crappers.

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.

getdealsonline 06-08-2013 06:32 PM

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 :P

csguwer 06-08-2013 06:35 PM

Ehhhh. Pass:

1. $2.95 + 0tax 0fee = unlimited us calling with Skype.
2. For $80.00, you can get VoIP equipment that works with Skype on ebay.


Just don't like when there is tax and fees, company still claims free service!

PooMBA 06-08-2013 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by getdealsonline (Post 59968440)
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 :P

Very cool. Wish more people realized it and followed your footsteps.

Ken425ken 06-08-2013 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smashfaq (Post 59963508)
can i use fax (in 3-1 copier/scanner/fax brother machine) with this device?

Yes. I use mines for send/receive fax all the time. The most I have use was 6 pages at a time.

tky 06-08-2013 07:57 PM

Dose it work like a regular phone?

sweettree 06-08-2013 08:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ken425ken (Post 59969300)
Yes. I use mines for send/receive fax all the time. The most I have use was 6 pages at a time.

What do I need to do the fax? Just a regular fax machine connected Ooma?

PooMBA 06-08-2013 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sweettree (Post 59969436)
What do I need to do the fax? Just a regular fax machine connected Ooma?

That's all. It just works.

sweettree 06-08-2013 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PooMBA (Post 59969752)
That's all. It just works.

Awesome! Will try

MozartA 06-08-2013 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 59967884)
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

g725s 06-08-2013 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by microkelvin (Post 59968222)
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?

microkelvin 06-08-2013 09:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g725s (Post 59970388)
How is Ooma related to nettalk?

why not?

unimatrixzer0 06-08-2013 09:36 PM

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.

PooMBA 06-08-2013 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by g725s (Post 59970388)
How is Ooma related to nettalk?

Quote:

Originally Posted by microkelvin (Post 59970398)
why not?

They both use VoIP technology.

PooMBA 06-08-2013 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unimatrixzer0 (Post 59970630)
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.

AlishVerish 06-08-2013 11:34 PM

Old Ooma not yet activated
 
Anyone know if I bought an Ooma two years ago but didn't activate it, will it charge taxes if I activate it now?

TheBadGuy 06-09-2013 11:26 AM

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

MozartA 06-09-2013 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlishVerish (Post 59971910)
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.

relaymy 06-09-2013 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by getdealsonline (Post 59968440)
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 :P

Cancelled Ooma orders and decided to go for OBi.
Thanks SD!

getdealsonline 06-09-2013 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by relaymy (Post 59982944)
Cancelled Ooma orders and decided to go for OBi.
Thanks SD!

sure, happy to help! glad that you saved over ooma.

Ken425ken 06-09-2013 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sweettree (Post 59969436)
What do I need to do the fax? Just a regular fax machine connected Ooma?

Yes. I have my all-in-one connected.

Stimpus 06-09-2013 05:54 PM

Will ooma work with my alarm system?

njinny11 06-09-2013 07:14 PM

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How to make free calls to canada with google....i am paying too much to tmobile home phone every month> thanks

mulliganman 06-09-2013 07:18 PM

For those comparing ooma and obi, wouldn't it be fair to say ooma will be easier for most technology challenged folks to set up and use?

mulliganman 06-09-2013 07:24 PM

Anyone know how a return would work for non-members?

adkandan 06-09-2013 08:12 PM

I was so hesitant on buying this, since I needed something that was 100% reliable, and I have to tell you, it was well worth it!

If you have DSL with intermittent disconnection DO NOT GET THE OOMA
If you have fiber optics GET THE OOMA

If your internet goes down, even for a brief second, it takes about 5+ minutes for ooma to get a signal, so its not for DSL, unless you have an outdoor splitter that splits the data and voice.

The only thing I would complain about this is the quality, it isnt the best, it does sound KIND of robotic, but vs $40 a month it makes no difference.

And also, immediately after porting my number I started to get swamped with telemarketers, it was never like this. I think ooma gives away your number so you become bothered with the calls and order premier service to block them out

PooMBA 06-09-2013 08:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adkandan (Post 59985802)

And also, immediately after porting my number I started to get swamped with telemarketers, it was never like this. I think ooma gives away your number so you become bothered with the calls and order premier service to block them out

I have been using Ooma since last 3+ years and never had this issue.
I am surprised by your experience.

Happy_Camper 06-10-2013 07:49 PM

What about call-forwarding as fallback when internet service fails for whatever reason (and it will!)--Ooma no longer includes call-forwarding in the basic plan and requires an upgrade to Premier?

Pigeon 06-10-2013 08:10 PM

Whats the big advantage to this over magic jack+ ?
It seems to be more $ per month and more $ upfront
Is the service that much better?

rb5505 06-10-2013 09:38 PM

link now says......Due to inventory changes, item 470742 in your cart is no longer available. This item cannot be purchased at this time.

UN0335 06-11-2013 06:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rb5505 (Post 60013376)
link now says......Due to inventory changes, item 470742 in your cart is no longer available. This item cannot be purchased at this time.

Not anymore, at least not for me. It is backordered though.

This product is backordered, and is expected to ship on 06/14/2013.

davew_333 06-11-2013 07:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stimpus (Post 59983776)
Will ooma work with my alarm system?

I'd like to know about this also. From what I've read, most alarm systems require a landline. Will Ooma work or does anybody know of a workaround? I appreciate any response. Thanks!

ppc 06-11-2013 07:51 AM

will this work over 4G hotspot?

mulliganman 06-11-2013 04:55 PM

out of stock

hanglinlll 06-11-2013 10:42 PM

Anyone got the tracking number? My status still shows 'order received'. Order was placed on 06/08.

lima_charlie 06-11-2013 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PooMBA (Post 59969752)
That's all. It just works.

Quote:

Originally Posted by sweettree (Post 59969840)
Awesome! Will try

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.

imlkrsfn2 06-12-2013 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ppc (Post 60020734)
will this work over 4G hotspot?

No recommended. Use pingtest.net to check.

PooMBA 06-12-2013 06:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ppc (Post 60020734)
will this work over 4G hotspot?

Quote:

Originally Posted by imlkrsfn2 (Post 60041806)
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.

toolbox1 06-12-2013 06:29 AM

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?

kaabob 06-12-2013 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lima_charlie (Post 60041142)
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 &quot;noise&quot; 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!

lima_charlie 06-12-2013 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaabob (Post 60044848)
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...

sweettree 06-12-2013 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lima_charlie (Post 60041142)
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!

Chai 06-14-2013 02:52 PM

Saw this $99.99 at b&m costco today.

dadab 06-19-2013 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 59963430)
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?

mychaelp 06-19-2013 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dadab (Post 60194120)
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.

dadab 06-19-2013 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 60201838)
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.

mychaelp 06-19-2013 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dadab (Post 60202272)
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.

dadab 06-20-2013 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 60202626)
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. :)

dadab 06-23-2013 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mychaelp (Post 60202626)
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. :(

yearofdeath 08-11-2013 01:41 PM

Deal is back on and lasts until tomorrow (8/12):

http://www.costco.com/Ooma-Telo-V...03374.html

YounghooK 04-15-2014 10:56 AM

OOMA only $99 Free shipping
http://www3.ooma.com/refer-a-frie...de=FEL6571

April 2014
OOMA only $99 + Free Shipping
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