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47 reviews | 4.7 out of 5
I am that guy down the street that is always trying to cut costs everywhere I can. From lowering the thermostat to getting rid of cable, I love to try and find little ways to save money.
Well, the Ooma is one of the few devices that you can buy where you will save money and not sacrifice service or quality.
The device lives up to it's promise. It simply gives you high quality phone service that is free after you buy the equipment.
Nevertheless, everything has it's pro's and con's.
* Unlimited Calling in U.S, Caller ID, Voice Mail
* Very Easy to Set Up
* Very durable and well made equipment
* Decent customer support
* The idea appeared well thought out from the service to the product. Everything seems tight and solid.
* Very cool "Ooma Scout" device that comes packaged. It turns your unused in home phone wiring into a data network (similair to the way DSL works) to communicate with your Voicemail, phone lines, etc. Very neat and clever idea.
* Device will pay for itself within about 6-9 months of a standard phone bill.
* How long will Ooma be around? A $250 set of box's is no good to me if the company goes under.
* I keep asking myself "How does Ooma make money?". That question is cute when we ask it about Google because we know they actually do make money. Ooma on the other hand is a baby and is still running off of it's initial investment dollars. To stay afloat they will need to make cash and currently they have a seriously confusing money making model.
* MagicJack, although not nearly as practical as a home phone (you need PC on while using), is even cheaper for a 5 year period. This just goes to show you that there may be better deals yet to come from different companies.
Over the years I have tried many different ways to call people: land-line providers, cable VoIP packages, Vonage VoIP, MagicJack, SkyeIn/SkypeOut, ooVoo and a few others. Ooma's voice and reliability is right up there with the land line providers. Very clear and stable.
Money is tight these days and we all need to explore ways to save money. The Ooma device and service are a good way to start lowering some of your bills.
New ideas are not without risk, however. You will have to entrust this company and go through the regular pain of switching phone carriers.
I remember being terrified when I made my first jump from land-line to the scarry VoIP land when I switched to Vonage. What if my internet goes out? What if the electricity goes out? What if Vonage fails? What if the box fails? After I got ahold of myself I realized everything was ok: I still had phone service and the world had not ended. In fact, VoIP seems to be just as reliable as land line service. This most recent switch from Vonage to Ooma was much less scary and just saved me some moola. Sometimes you just need to bet on the little guys every so often to get any good deals these days.
If you are hesitant to buy this product because it seems too good to be true...don't be. Not only do I not spend any money for my home phone service, but my old phone service provider tried to get me back with them and said if they could not beat my monthly fee they would send me a $25 gas card. When they heard of Ooma they could not believe it. Not only is Ooma saving me money, but it also made me $25 for gas. Awesome...
Product quality and sound quality is excellent. The hardware is 'Apple' quality (heavy, sturdy, attractive). The voice quality is as good as our fiber optic Fios land line phone (the best I've ever heard). I'm used to the bells and whistles from another Voip company, so I opted for the Premiere features. With 3 kids, the 2nd line with the Premiere program is a must. For most, the 'free service' with voice mail and caller ID should suffice.
I've had Ooma for under a month, and seems to work well. I've had similar VOIP services for the last 3 years. VOIP in general has some considerations and differences from POTS (plain old telephone service) lines. As long as you set your expectations accordingly, then you'll be pleased. Considerations:
If your internet connection goes down, so does your telephone.
If you lose power to your home, unless you have a battery backup (UPS), then you lose the phone (unlike POTS service, where power comes in over the phone line). Sometimes there is "tunnel" echoing, which is a problem native to IP telephony. But overall, it's a good system. Looking forward to seeing how it performs over the long haul.
There are really only three "problems" with this unit. Each will be discussed in turn. Problem 1: This product originally sold for several hundred dollars. After the company lowered the selling price of the ooma (Yes, ooma is spelled with a small "o") core system, the company's sales went through the roof. This, in turn, meant ooma did not have enough employees to handle its customers' phone calls, and a lot of people complained about this problem. You should note that this problem has been addressed! ooma has recently hired a lot of people, and it is no problem to speak to a live person. (I have had to call twice, and each time my call was answered in less than one minute.) ooma's employees do not have an accent, and they are able to solve any problem within a couple of minutes. Problem 2: People do not follow ooma's instructions when they set up their units. It is not hard to set up the product, but you must follow the instructions exactly as they are written in the instruction manual. (The one exception is that you can use a sling media box to set up the core unit in a place away from your router or gateway.) There is simply nothing ooma can do to alleviate this problem. Its instruction manual is written in plain English. It also has a lot of pictures for those people who do not want to actually read the twenty-page instruction manual. Problem 3: It takes a full second after I dial all of the telephone numbers before it will actually place a call. Considering the fact that ooma appears to care very much about its customers, I suspect that this problem will be solved in the future. If it does not, I can live with that minor inconvenience since I do not have a phone bill or pay any of the taxes that my landline phone company used to charge me. I absolutely love this product. I have even convinced other people to buy it. The sound quality is nothing short of excellent. Every single person who has used my ooma system or spoken to me on my system cannot believe how good of a system it is. You absolutely cannot go wrong with buying this unit.
I was expecting much better quality of sound. I use internet calling via my T-mobile UMA phone. Uma calling has been flawless. Since this product is priority wired to the internet, connected via a wired phone, I expected this to be better. Well, it is not nearly as clear.
I have been planning on purchasing the ooma system for about a year.I currently have Vonage and was looking for a replacment service.I now have purchased the ooma system and have in it installed.I should not have waited so long to get this system.It is amazing.There are some pro's and cons,however there are more pro's then con's
One of the features that I like is when you sign up for the premier service you can foward/Multi ring calls to your cell phone. Overall its a great product and service.Don't wait get it today and start saving
If you have a security system or a DVR. You will still need to have a land line installed. I returned it.
You are supposed to be able to ring an additional phone number when someone calls your Ooma designated phone number, when you subscribe to the Premier service at $99/yr. However, it doesn't work. This is also how call forwarding is implemented with Ooma, so you basically can't effectively forward your calls to another phone number using the Ooma service.
I bought the system for $195. The setup took 10 minutes and was very simple. The calls are very clear.... the same or better than a normal landline. I was able to choose a local phone number when I activated the Ooma system. The upfront cost is high, but phone service is free for life. Great Value!
Free phone service cannot be beat. The call quality is better than Vonage and it uses less bandwidth at the same time. The device is stylish and fits right in as it looks like an answering machine. Everything is great and I'm saving $350.00 a year because I moved from Vonage. I highly recommend this device to everyone that likes to save money. one recommendation: KEEP your landline and reduce it to local calls only so you can still dial 911 like before switching to VOIP. At $230 it is $20 below MSRP so buy it before the price increases again!
I've been watching the reviews on Ooma for a while. It finally dropped to a price that was too good to pass up ($179). The call quality is great. It will pay for itself in 3 months (no more local or long distance charges...or all of those uncontrollable taxes and fees). Setup was easy. The only thing I wish was different is that a lot of the features I like (blacklists, do not disturb, call screening, voicemail forwarding) are only available with Ooma Premier ($99/year). But, since receiving my Google Voice number, I'm using that number with it's options and forwarding to my Ooma number (which I don't give out...Google # was much easier to remember). Hope this helps.
I was nervous about trying this ooma product out.
but after reviewing other peoples insight, I went ahead to buy one. It arrived fast, ooma customer
support was excellent, easy setup, I was very impressed. I had my current number ported, it took about 2 weeks, I was given a temp number in the meantime. the system works excellent, crystal clear.
I use a 6.0 cordless with this and it's just amazing.
It will pay for itself in just 3 months of my regular landline, and then its savings ahead. the money I would of spent on phone service, I will bank for my daughters college education. I would definately recommend this item, it truly is amazing. the cost up front will scare most people, but it's worth every cent. Im very happy. one thing I should note to someone else, if your power goes out, you will not be able to use the phone, I have my cell as my backup though. the ooma also has many free functions like a built in answering machine, caller id
call waiting, special ringtones for each person you store like my grandma rings to the star spangled banner, plus many more features. these are all free. If you want to join ooma premier, for 99.00 a year you can add even more options. I just cant tell people how great this item is. best of luck.
Cyystal clear free phone service with great customer support. Very high quality product for a great price. Can port over your old phone number for an extra $40. You can hook up a wireless phone with a base station to it and have phones all over the house. Highly recommend
Ooma rocks! Easy to install - no PC needed and works with your existing home phones. Pair it with Google Voice and have all the features of the premium package for free! Would recommend everyone to buy this.
For many years I have paid $40+ a month for a land line--with Uuma that has ended. From the moment you open the box you know you have a quality product. The design, construction, operation, stability is first class. Even the packaging tells you this company has spared no cost when it comes to quality. The voice is as clear as the old land line, and the features exceed the land line's. One thing I absolutely love is you can check messages anywhere in the world if you can get get to the internet. Thats right, Ooma sends you an email that someone has left a message and that it is so many minutes and seconds long. You click on that link and hear the message over your computers speakers. Where this is most helpful is while traveling outside the country. And yes that feature is free. My oldest son has the same system at his home and as of yesterday,12/27/09 my youngest son just bought one also. Easy to hook up and easy to use and I am 65 years old. Wth Verizon's DSL 1.5mps download service and a wirelesss router my wife and I can surf the net and talk on the phone with the same speed as before. Love it.
Comes with the OOMA scout as well. No phone included but the sound quality is fine.
Ooma is a great telephone system! I hooked it up in just a few minutes and it works fine. I get the distinctive Ooma dial tone and I've made several phone calls with perfect voice clarity. I know that some people have rated Ooma with only 4 stars because they have claimed it takes a long time to port their number, but I can tell you from experience (4 years employed at a telephone company) that your landline telephone provider is partly to blame for this (although they may swear up and down they have nothing to do with it). Since I did not keep my old phone number, I was up and running in just minutes with Ooma. I ordered it sent to Walmart and picked it up without a glitch. I had it a week before even opening the package because I was installing some computer equipment at the time. When I finally opened the box, I was in love! Unless Ooma figures out a way to charge me monthly for some trumped-up service, I'm an Ooma customer for life!
I'm saving $85.00 a month on my landline telephone service using Ooma. Free local and nationwide, and crystal clear operation. I'm using Ooma with ClearIMAX as my internet service provider, so my phone service is voice over internet protocol. I'm also ditching my cable provider and going to internet TV. That's another $100.00 a month saved.
This is truly a great product. Simple to set up and use. At little on the expensive side at first, but pays itself off in 3 - 5 months, depending on your phone bill. Wonderful, clear calls. Was apprehensive about the purchase only because of lack of normal 911 connection, but with e911 and 2 cell phones in the house, I felt secure enough for my family's safety to purchase the product. I highly recommend this to anyone who would has a high speed internet connection and would like to eliminate their regular land-line phone bill.