TELO / HUB / OOMA REVIEW
I have been a customer of OOMA for over a year. I have owned MagicJack and played with Vonage and of course the Bell system. Originally, I was concerned about the longevity of OOMA. But at a savings of $40 a month compared to Bell, I took the plunge. You do the math. I broke even after 7 months. Second was the call quality. It's internet dependent so bandwidth can be an issue, but not if you let IT control the house bandwidth by putting it FIRST in line, before your router. I haven't had a problem since I did that. It is land line equivalent. Outtages are few. Maybe once in a year for an hour or so. Connections are perfect 99% of the time. I also now own Telo. It's a bit of a different concept. I have two scouts with the HUB. Telo uses handsets to duplicate the function of the scouts and those aren't out yet... but the call quality is identical to the HUB with some pretty flashy lights and touch switches instead of push switches. Interesting USB port on the TELO (support charging?) and talk of support for blue tooth. And, obviously, it acts as a base station for cordless handsets without having to plug a handset base into it. COST: There are some costs associated with this beyond the hardware purchase. It will cost you about $120 a year. (yes, $10 a month) to get all the features including a second voice line and second phone number. The "Core" services (telephone dial tone with caller ID) will cost $12 a year or so if you don't want the second line, etc. Check to see what you need and the break even point. Just do the math. OOMA appears to be charging forward and not in any hurry to disappear. VONAGE is expensive and you keep paying LOTS ($25 a month minimum). MagicJack is computer dependent (OOMA and VONAGE are not). I let my one year subscription expire with MagicJack. I wish I hadn't spent money on it. It's good as an emergency phone, but with a good Cell plan... who needs it. Cable company voice comes out to be $25-30 a month when you calculate their discount disppearing. So if you are looking for dependable and inexpensive VOIP home phone service, OOMA is the best and least expensive as far as I am concerned. It takes a 6-8 months to break even, but.. I plan on using a land line for a bit longer than that. I can't wait to buy a couple of handsets.
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