It has been 7+ years since I ditched my old land line, and 2 years that I have been using Ooma as my preferred home phone service.
In 2007, I was using Qwest (now CenturyLink) home phone service, which was costing me $41/month and didn’t include long distance phone service (I used calling cards…remember those?). That year (February 2007) I heard about a new VOIP provider, called Sunrocket, offering 2 year unlimited phone service for $199. Without giving it a second thought I made the switch and swung my home phone service over to them. By July 2007, Sunrocket was bankrupt, and my phone service was no longer operational. DOH! Let’s just mark that up as a bad choice. :(
That month I quickly switched my home phone service over to Vonage, which was $24.99/month ($29/month with all the taxes and fees). It wasn’t a bad deal, because I was still getting unlimited long distance at 30% less than my old land line. However, slowly from July 2007 to February 2012 the additional fees continued to go up to $35 per month. My VOIP phone service was costing me $420/year. When I realized that, then I started to look at some other option…that is when I found Ooma.
A friend at work had recommended Ooma home phone services, so I ordered one on Amazon for $200 (today, Ooma is only $79!). In February 2012 I estimated that my Ooma would pay for itself in about 6.67 months (the Ooma Telo device cost of $200 x $3.49/month for the taxes and fees divided by $35/month = 6.67 months). Every month beyond Aug 2012 would be stacked on monthly savings.
So now that our family is 2+ years (31 months to be exact) into using Ooma we’ve been able to see first hand what Ooma can do and provide us month over month savings. Here is a breakdown of our savings over the last 31 months vs Vonage.
As you can see the monthly savings are stacking up, and will continue to stack up the longer I use it. If I continued to be lazy and not look at switching my home phone service then in the last 31 months I’d have costed my family an extra $1000 by sticking with Qwest (Century Link) and more than $800 if I had stayed with Vonage (I took that money and applied it directly to my house payment to accelerate my mortgage payoff!). I can honestly say that these savings are real, and are actual numbers. If you haven’t switched, then you could be costing your family too.
Check out Ooma home phone service for yourself and see if you have the same great experience and the nice savings!
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