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Old 07-12-2012, 09:33 AM   #41
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A questin for Ooma owners: Can I plug in my old wireless phone system which I had used with POTS into Ooma.

My main reason for wanting to get Ooma is the inconvencience and risk of not having my mobile phone with me when I need it. The other day I missed an important call from a relative because the phone was downstairs and I was upstairs. I never heard it ring. The other concern is the phone not being conventient in the case of an emergency. I really don't want to crawl upstaris to call 911 if I break my leg or have a heart attack. With Ooma, I hope I can reinstall my old wireless extension phones and have a phone upstairs, downstairs and in the garage.
Yes, that is exactly what I do. I plug a cordless phone that has 5 extensions into the Ooma box just like I plugged it inot the wall when we had landline service.

Another thing you can do is configure Ooma so that when a call comes into your home number it simultaneously rings on you cellphone (called multi-ring).
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #42
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We got our Ooma about a month ago and were just notified that our landline number will port tomorrow. We also decided to keep the Premier service for the number blocking features (despite being on do not call lists, we get 3-4 spam calls most days).

I have had the "random touch tone" happen but I think only when I am talking with my mother, who lives in a retirement apartment complex with a central phone system. I wonder if it has something to do with the interaction between Ooma's systems and their PBX?
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #43
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....I have had the "random touch tone" happen but I think only when I am talking with my mother, who lives in a retirement apartment complex with a central phone system. I wonder if it has something to do with the interaction between Ooma's systems and their PBX?
I don't think so because I have had it happen when I talk with DD on her cellphone.
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I am over 2 1/2 years into my ooma up at the lake ... got one of the truly FREE boxes (no 911 fee or taxes). They're loosing money on this deal every month.

What are the monthly fees today (thinking of switching for home)?
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #45
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I am over 2 1/2 years into my ooma up at the lake ... got one of the truly FREE boxes (no 911 fee or taxes). They're loosing money on this deal every month.

What are the monthly fees today (thinking of switching for home)?
About $3.50/month standard or $13.50/month for Premier.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:44 PM   #46
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My bill is $3.84/month now (up from $3.47 originally). I'm really happy with just the basic service (more bells and whistles than I had with my previous service). I have the personal blacklist, but not the community blacklists. I guess the personal blacklist must be a feature on the basic service. It's really nice to have, especially during election season.

The only weirdness I've experienced is sometimes the caller doesn't hear the initial "hello" when I answer. I'm now in the habit of waiting 1 heartbeat before saying "hello". I have fast internet, and I configured QOS on my router.

I had one problem with the hardware, which was resolved through customer service. PM me if you want details before you sign up (or if you want a code for $50 off) .
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I've had the MagicJack Plus that doesn't have to plug into the computer for about 6 months now, and it's been working just fine.

$70 for the device, $2.50 a month.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:31 PM   #48
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Now I just need a semi-permanent disconnected number that gives the disconnect tones, to forward my telemarketscum to.

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I just noticed that one of the call disposition options in the Ooma blacklist feature is "Number Disconnected Message".

The other options are:
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I just noticed that one of the call disposition options in the Ooma blacklist feature is "Number Disconnected Message".

The other options are:
  • Send To Voicemail
  • Call Blocked Message
  • Continuous Ring
Nice. Maybe I'll submit that "Number Disconnected Message" option to my VOIP provider's "Feature Wish List".

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:19 AM   #50
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Price creep is why I pulled the plug on Vonage ... 14.99/mo became 17.99 then 19.99 ... next thing I know I am paying over 24 buck per months . ALL DONE.
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Price creep is why I pulled the plug on Vonage ... 14.99/mo became 17.99 then 19.99 ... next thing I know I am paying over 24 buck per months . ALL DONE.
24 bucks is almost as much as I was paying for my POTS line before I canceld it. Now I have Ooma. I works well and costs me less than $5 a month in assorted taxes.

I believe the abilty to send junk calls to never-land is only available by paying an extra fee to Ooma. But, I may be wrong. I am quite happy with the basic service.
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I believe the abilty to send junk calls to never-land is only available by paying an extra fee to Ooma. But, I may be wrong. I am quite happy with the basic service.
You are correct, you have to subscribe to Ooma Premier which is $10/month. We decided that going from $43 to $13 was enough of a reduction so we signed up for Premier. Using the community blacklist feature, our dinner-interrupting calls have gone from several per week to zero in the past 3 weeks. And you can see all of the calls that come in by looking at the online call logs to see who would have gotten through with the old landline. We are VERY happy
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Based on this thread I've also switched to Ooma. I work from home and had switched to Vonage about 4 years ago but the price creep had the monthly bill up to $34.

I've been using Ooma basic for about three weeks and today decided it was of sufficient quality and stability to drop Vonage. Bill will drop from $34 to about $3.75/month...love it!
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I considering dropping my traditional phone service but want to keep the home phone and number. Ooma sounds like it could be a good solution. Can you tell me how your number looks to those who call it? ie., if my neighbor called, would it still look like a local call? If my daughter, who lives in another town that is part of the local calling area, called, would it look like a local call. Not sure how important this is but wondering how this change affects the people around you who call frequently.

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