What is Ooma?
Ooma is a VoIP service, or voice over IP. This essentially means that the service is internet based, like Vonage. However, instead of paying a monthly fee, you only are responsible for the cost of the hardware and your monthly taxes.
How Much Does Ooma Cost?
For a simple home phone setup, the hardware (pictured above) costs $149.99 per Ooma's website. This same hardware can be purchased online at Amazon for $119. Once you've got the hardware set up and you've registered your service, Ooma does not charge a monthly service charge. Instead, you are billed only for the taxes you owe, which are customarily included in any phone plan. These taxes are about $4 per month.
What Comes With the Service?
First, you get Ooma's customer service. They are very friendly and helpful. The basic free service includes:
- free, unlimited calling anywhere in the U.S.
- caller I.D. and waiting
- 911 service (some VoIP services don't feature this)
- online call catalog and voicemail through Ooma's online dashboard
- free Ooma-to-Ooma calls worldwide
Is it REALLY free?
The only fees associated with Ooma, other than the one-time hardware cost, are taxes. I have had Ooma for almost two years and have never had any other fee.
How good is the call quality?
The call quality is awesome. We have satellite internet, which is not the fastest by any means, yet Ooma works great. I can't tell the difference between Ooma and a "regular" phone.
Super cheap, great call quality, unlimited nationwide calling, features, 911-friendly
Will not work in a power outage, might not be compatible with all security alarm systems
If you need a budget friendly, reliable home phone service, you'll probably really like Ooma.
You can see all the service details at Ooma's website.
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