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Obitalk-Ooma-Net Talk, Which??

Old Jul 18, 11, 2:03 pm
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Obitalk-Ooma-Net Talk, Which??

Mom(79) says she MUST get rid of her land-line, it just cost too much
That "wonderful" Clark Howard swears by Ooma, that's what I want too.

So is Ooma all that it's cracked up to be or should I be looking at one of the other products like Obitalk or Net Talk

She has 768mb HSIA but the telco is doing away with that, well not so much doing away with it as they are going to charge double for it making the 3/6 MB less but still more than current promo
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Old Jul 18, 11, 2:05 pm
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Been with Ooma for years, and it has never let me down. If possible, try and find one of the older Ooma boxes or even a refurbished box.
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Old Jul 18, 11, 4:16 pm
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Concur on all counts.

Their customer service, in my experience, is miserable, but that doesn't differentiate them much from any other telco.

But I can't think of a time in almost 2 years that the system has been down.

The older boxes are a better deal, and can usually be found on CL or eBay.
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Old Jul 18, 11, 8:13 pm
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Agree with others, hunt down an older Ooma box.
Just remind your Mom that IF the internet goes out or she losses power she is phone less! Short of a UPS that powers the modem, the Ooma and the switch/router/hub that may be plugged in between them.
My grandmother has a basic landline runs about $20 a month total (taxes and fee's are $12 on a $7 bill) way cheaper then the lowest end ISP deal currently available and no mater how much the power is out that phone rings...
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Old Jul 19, 11, 12:45 am
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Originally Posted by Flahusky View Post
...IF the internet goes out or she losses power she is phone less!
While maybe not this mom's situation, fyi, Ooma allows you to set up your account to automatically ring a different number (like your cellphone) if your Ooma is offline
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Old Jul 19, 11, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
While maybe not this mom's situation, fyi, Ooma allows you to set up your account to automatically ring a different number (like your cellphone) if your Ooma is offline
While that is a feature, does you no good when you need to make out bound calls...
Also depending on the situation cell towers could be over loaded or off line. 9-1-1 call back doesn't work to cell or Ooma(I can only remember it being used 2x in my area)
I'm just thinking from an emergency stand point.
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Old Jul 19, 11, 8:46 am
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All true, of course. For those whose number one criterion is seamless access to emergency services, there is nothing that beats a POTS system.
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Old Jul 19, 11, 11:44 am
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She's nit at the point that 911 service is likely to be needed
Ice storms likely pose more of a threat
She does have a cell, if needed to reach out
also correct me if I wrong but even a POTS landline must provide 911 service
that's part of the taxes we all pay

been keeping my eyes on CL for one but they are few and far between, here

What's the recommended internet speed for these to work well ?
Meg and a half get it done?

also if buying off ebay\cl these are likely to be the older hub\scout models not the telo. Do the older models still incur a monthly fee? the 2-3 dollar FCC thing
or was totally free based on the plan and grandfathered in for some?
Basically it's just a way to get device for cheaper
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Old Jul 20, 11, 4:05 pm
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I got rid of vonage and also got a ooma. since both me and my brother are using vonage in the house with seperate numbers, we had 2 vonages - which got expensive. I was able to get the telo private line thing to work where the regular phone i have my own number and the telo handset rings a different number which is my brother - all in the $10/month premier fee, which is much, much less than vonage.
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Old Jul 20, 11, 4:12 pm
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To be honest, I had more problems with an AT&T landline than I've ever had with VOIP.

At least with VOIP, you don't have to rely on some dude in a bucket truck come and check your wiring when things go wrong.

911 with VOIP almost always goes to the same center as landlines, and the one time I had to call 911 on my AT&T line, I had to be transferred twice, so I'm not sure VOIP would be any worse.
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Old Jul 20, 11, 4:23 pm
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I've had Ooma for around 6 months and love it -- ultra-reliable and excellent sound quality. The only glitch I've ever hit is slightly degraded performance when I'm uploading very large files (not, however, when downloading due to the asymmetric nature of home cable internet).
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Old Oct 17, 11, 9:28 pm
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I've had Obitalk + Google voice for 6 months as well. $40 for the box and GV is free. Setup was easy and calls are great and free.
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Old Feb 27, 12, 3:16 am
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To update:
Been using now Ooma 8 months or so and so far I love it.
I'm doing the annual premier package and got the free phone. I got 2 numbers which they ring separately. And I was able to get google voice to work. I got a time set up on GV which people can't call me at (10PM-8AM) as a DND and works just fine with ooma. And the other number is used for my brother.
No issues, and much much cheaper than Vonage.
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