Over the last two years I've written twice about my great experience (initial review & review after first year) with using Ooma Telos home phone service. For most people that know me, I will frequently tell my friends and family about money savings deals, tools, or devices. The Ooma phone unit is one of those products that spurs the savings excitement in me. I publically admit that I get a little too excited about saving money and finding deals, but you can't blame me! :) I guess that's the true mark of a thrifty guy!
Through the usage of the Ooma phone service I've racked up $184's of total savings after the first year and the savings after two years have netted me a total of $568 in savings! BOOM! The longer I own the device the more my savings stacks up over the life of the phone adapter, because it amoritizes the base price of the unit over the life of it's usage.
- Minimum internet speed – atleast 1Mb's down and 256Kb's up speed. Ooma can work in rural areas too, if the bandwidth tests pass.
- Placement of Ooma unit – since the Ooma is so bandwidth intensive, I highly recommend placing the Ooma unit between your ISP router and home router. So in order of devices, ISP router uplinks to the Ooma device, and the Ooma device uplinks to your home wired/wireless router.
- Premium features – the premium services are great for large families, on the go a lot, or aren't always home.
- Free porting of your old number over to Ooma
- Threeway calling – love this! Already used this feature to talk to Aaron & Laurie from TheFrugalFarmer.
- Voice-to-text – great for on the go families or if you are frequently away from home.
- Call forwarding
- Privacy features – these features allow you to restrict anaymous calls or telemarketers. Love it! Plus you can create block lists for people you don't want calling ya.
Now that this is the second year of service I added the premier features, because of how well it's already been working.
I'd love to hear from our readers on how their Ooma service has been, and if any of our readers switched their home phone based on our reviews. Also I'd like to hear any other VOIP suggestions that our readers would like us to write a review on.