Comparison of Ooma vs Land Lines

charlie_imageIn 2012 I made the decision to ditch my traditional land line services and opted to go with the Ooma home phone service. After having some previous bad experiences with another VOIP provider we were “once bitten, twice shy.” I laid out for our family all the cost benefits analysis of staying with Qwest, switching to another land line provider, or going with Ooma.

My initial analysis was done back in February 2012, and recently I’ve been wondering if it is still beneficial for me to stay with Ooma or switch to another land line provider. The following are providers in my neighborhood vs. my costs with Ooma. 

 Figures include taxes/fees (some estimates) as of November 22, 2014
Figures include taxes/fees (some estimates) as of November 22, 2014. Ooma Premier is $9.99 without taxes.

To do your own Ooma vs land line comparison, go to Ooma’s website where you can get an estimate of your monthly payment with Ooma, then come back here and plug-in your numbers on this Excel spreadsheet. Ooma’s Premier service is $9.99/month, but with taxes it comes out to $17.99.

Obviously a lot of the lower offer plans aren’t equal to the quality and features of Ooma’s basic plan, so I compared their basic plan (which includes unlimited nationwide calling) to the higher end Qwest and Cox plans to give as close of an apples-to-apples comparison. Ooma’s basic phone service saves my family $606/year compared to Qwest’s unlimited nationwide plan. In addition, we save almost $500/year as opposed to using Cox’s Digital Premier Phone service.

As you can see, the savings adds up quickly, and can go a long way to helping your family get out of debt sooner. If you are still using a traditional land line, I’d highly recommend you compare the services you are getting and how much more you are paying per year. You can use the spreadsheet in the link above to do your own side by side comparison of your land line service. I’m sure you’ll be amazed (just like I was) at how much more your land line is costing you!

Are you still using a land line? How much are you paying per month? What services do you get with your existing land line? What is preventing you from switching?

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2 comments

  1. Mandi Lancette says:

    After reading on this blog about the Ooma phone service for awhile, my husband and I decided to make the switch late November. We currently have a landline because I work out of our home and my cell service is spotty at best. Plus, our kids are getting older and we are starting to leave them home alone for short periods of time and they need to have a way to reach us. We had just basic service, no caller id, call waiting, long distance etc and paid either $25 or $35/month.
    While it’s only been a short time since we have switched, I have come to appreciate caller id, calling long distance without having to use my cell phone and call waiting. I don’t know if Ooma does this or if it’s a combination of our main phone and Ooma however each call is announced over speaker phone so if I’m in the kitchen cooking I don’t have to run over to see who is calling, unless I can’t understand what the mechanical voice is saying.
    For me, the main con is that the reception can be scratchy and yesterday I was cutting in and out while on a call. I hung up and called back which made the problem better but didn’t entirely solve it. I could have moved into the room that has the base in it, but at the time I didn’t think to do that to try to solve the problem. I think VoIP has a bit to go before the quality is consistently good, however with the money we are saving each month I’m willing sacrifice a bit on quality.

    • Charlie says:

      Mandi – excellent feedback. About the “scratch-ness in the phone lines”. I have not experienced the same problems. Couple of main points to be aware of too…make sure your main wireless phone unit is on the main level of the house. I have my main unit on the top floor of my 3 story house and the only time I experience scratchiness is when I’m am in the basement. That is usually only caused by the physical distance my wireless signal is going through 2 floors.

      The other thing…make sure you place your Ooma device between your DSL/Cable Modem and your home wireless router. This will ensure that your Ooma device gets higher priority and your home internet usage won’t suck all the bandwidth away from Ooma.

      Lastly, check what your internet speeds are…how much up and down bandwidth you get from your provider. I get by just fine with 8Mbps down/896Kbps up as a point of reference.

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