Ooma Telo: VoIP your wallet can believe in


Ooma sells lifetime VOIP subscriptions for $250, including excellent hardware: a great deal if you are even remotely capable of financial planning. Its new model, the Telo, also includes a matching DECT 6.0 handset.

I prefer the blocky look of the original box, but this one is more fashionable. The VOIP deal changes, too, with some give and take: you get more free calling and cheaper premium features (down to $10 a month), but voicemail is now among the premium features. Just get a physical answerphone for $8 or set up Google Voice.

Caller ID, call waiting, and 911 are still free of charge. The handset has MP3 ringtones, BlueTooth and Google Voice hookups. With the subscription, you get free number porting, a second line, automatic blacklisting of telemarketers, and call forwarding.

Press release [Ooma]

Published by Rob Beschizza

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  1. a great deal if you are even remotely capable of financial planning

    And if you believe that this company will still be in business at least a couple years from now, and that you will still want their services. How much incentive for customer service will they have towards customers who have already paid for life and will never bring them more revenue? Unless they can sell them more stuff and premium features, of course.

    I prepaid a year of service from another VOIP company, and I thought that a large commitment for having had a relatively short test period and given the speed at which internet communication changes.

  2. freephoneline.ca has a onetime cost of $50 for lifetime VOIP – a much better deal – and you can pick the hardware you want.

  3. “And if you believe that this company will still be in business at least a couple years from now”

    That’s what people were saying when they started, a couple years ago. And they’ll still be saying it next year, and the year after; meanwhile, it pays for itself in a few months.

    The part people miss is that phone calls are just data, now, and not a lot of it, either. The idea of paying separately for that bandwidth is (or should be) dying.

  4. freephoneline.ca is, like MagicJack, a service that requires a computer to run the software and stay on. Ooma is standalone — a router running PBX software in a box.

  5. I switched from Vonage to Ooma about eight months ago. Quality of calls and quality of customer service are WAY better. And yeah, they do always try to upsell you premium stuff, but you aren’t required to buy anything beyond the initial hardware. I don’t know if the company will last forever or not, but that’s no reason not to enjoy it while it lasts.

  6. They just changed their model. New buyers of the teleo have to pay for voicemail service and a regulatory fee recovery per year. If you have the old hub/scout model you don’t have to incur those fees. They upped the price of thier premier service to 120 a year up from 99 (which is still a bargin in my book. I has vonage and just the basics was 30 a month with taxes). They make money from people wanted the additional services, which in my book are totally worth it for 10 a month.

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