We couldn’t possibly make it any clearer.
Internet congestion is the enemy of voice quality. Hear for yourself how our competitor holds-up under 30% data loss. Then hear Ooma call quality under the same conditions. Ooma PureVoice™ HD technology delivers superior voice quality even under extreme conditions using a collection of advanced technologies only Ooma can provide.
Here’s how the magic happens:
Advanced Voice Compression
Ooma uses an advanced voice compression algorithm that reduces bandwidth by 60% over standard VoIP technology. This leaves you with more bandwidth for all your other online activities.
Although Ooma uses a mere fraction of the bandwidth of standard VoIP technology, the bandwidth it does use must be an absolute priority. Ooma prioritizes voice packets without slowing down the rest of your network so you can enjoy crystal-clear calls even while uploading video clips.
Ooma takes your privacy seriously. We use the same encryption technology governments use to protect classified data (which makes Ooma more secure than your old landline).
Packet loss causes phone calls to sound stuttered or garbled with standard VoIP technology. Our sophisticated algorithms detect packet loss on your Internet connection before you even hear it and automatically deploy redundant packets to boost the clarity of your phone call.
Ooma HD Voice technology doubles the fidelity of your phone calls by capturing twice the speech information of a standard voice call (yes, that includes your landline.) When you and the other caller use an Ooma handset, or any HD compatible phone, your voice will sound more natural than ever.
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Sophisticated technology meets elegant design.
The Ooma Telo is no dumb adapter. It’s actually a small, networked-managed, secure Linux computer packed with processing power to keep your calls clear and reliable.
1.Ooma is a full router capable of prioritizing voice data and directing traffic to ensure the most reliable phone service.
2.A USB port supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories and provides future expansion opportunities.
3.Built in speaker provides the ability to screen calls prior to answering.
4.A keypad provides one-touch access to voicemail.
5.DECT radio supports up to 4 wireless handsets and over 4000 sensors.
6.Built-in 900MHz dual-core processor provides the power for Ooma PureVoice™ including HD Voice and adaptive redundancy for a more natural sounding voice without stuttering or interruption.
7.1 GB NAND Flash with dual system image for the ultimate in reliability and upgradability to new services.
What is an Ooma?
The Ooma is VOIP hardware that you plug in to a modem. It allows you to make free domestic calls, low priced international calls, and use a variety of other features. It differs from other VOIP services in that you pay for the hardware and have very limited or zero monthly fees vs. higher fees like traditional land line telephone service. It works without having your computer turned on. You just plug any regular phone into the Ooma unit.
What About Ooma International Calls?
If you make calls internationally, you really have an opportunity to save money over cellular and land line phone service. You can view the latest Ooma international rates on their site, but at the time of this post, calls to Canada were $0.014, UK – $0.03, China – $0.025, and Mexico – $0.029 per minute.
The Ooma Telo is the latest Ooma model. The Telo has bluetooth, USB, and cellular integration and a few other hardware advancements. You can also buy the compatible Ooma Telo Handset, which is not compatible with Ooma Core. However, any old phone will work with either unit.
Once you pay for the Ooma Telo unit, all calls are still free of charge. However, there is a nominal service charge per month now that covers regulatory compliance, 911 service fees, and a federal universal service charge taxes. Through a Ooma tax calculator on their site you can calculate what your fee is. Still cheap as heck and better than any alternative out there. Here’s what it came up with for my zip code:
Anyone (who has a modem and high-speed internet connection) can do it. The basic setup looks like this:
It’s really that simple, you plug your phone into the Ooma (in the middle) and your Ooma into a modem. You choose and activate a number online, and you’re ready to go. As stated earlier, you DO NOT use your computer at all in the connection.
Other than providing you a connection, the Ooma does provide some nifty free features.
- Caller ID
- Call Waiting
- Voicemail (also can be listened to online)
- New phone number (available for most area codes)
- Free in-network calling (for international calls)
You can also port in your old landline number for a one-time fee of $39.99.
You can upgrade your features for a monthly fee to Ooma premier. Upgraded features include conferencing, forwarding, call blocking, and one free number porting. I haven’t used these features, so I can’t tell you if the upgrade service is worth it or not.
Service & Product Quality
I have not had to call Ooma customer service for anything. Ever. The setup is easy, the hardware has worked beautifully, and the acoustics are incredibly clear. There was one time over the last year that service was down (for an hour or so) and Ooma was very respondent and transparent about what caused the problem and how they were going to fix it. I have zero complaints. If you check out Ooma's reviews, you’ll see the Ooma Telo has 4.3 out of 5 stars after 2,800+ reviews. That speaks for itself.
Where to Buy Ooma
You can purchase Ooma at a number of retailers and on Ooma’s site, but one of the best prices I have seen recently was for a certified refurbished unit at Buyyourownmodem.com for $99 (w/free shipping) for the Ooma Telo. This is one of the best prices I have ever seen it at (I purchased it when it was $250).
They really have made a great product that I have recommended to a number of people and would recommend to anyone looking to cut their phone bill. 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a frugal, monthly-subscription hater’s dream.
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