Ooma Telo

The Ooma Telo is a simple, plug-and-play solution for accessing residential VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service.

The Ooma Telo is a VoIP adapter, which enables residential users with a high-speed Internet connection to access inexpensive VoIP phone services. With Ooma Telo VoIP, residential Internet customers have access to:

  • Free long-distance calls
  • International calls as low as 1¢ per minute
  • Free caller ID
  • Free call waiting
  • Free voicemail.

The Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system also offers extension service with Ooma Telo softphone apps for Android and iPhone mobile phone users.

How does the Ooma Telo phone system work?

You might think of the Ooma Telo as a base, much like a cable modem. The Ooma Telo is an analog telephone adapter (ATA) that connects to an Ethernet cable. You then connect your telephone to the Ooma Telo VoIP adapter. You do not have to connect your computer to the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system.

The Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system functions as more than an ATA because of included telephony features. In addition to converting your analog phone signal to a digital phone signal, the Ooma Telo phone system includes free inbound and outbound caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail. Ooma Telo Premier subscribers enjoy the benefits of a second line, 3-way conference calling, voicemail-to-text transcription, and more.

Ooma Telo Calling Plan

For international calls, the Ooma Telo phone system offers two options: standard rate and plan rate. With Ooma Telo’s standard rate option, there is no monthly fee or commitment, and calls to 61 countries are usually lower than 1¢ per minute. The Ooma Telo plan rate offers 1,000 minutes of international calling for under $10 per month.

There are a few exceptions to free local and long distance calls in the United States. With the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system, 411 calls will cost .99¢ and be charged to a prepaid phone card. Also, 900 numbers and other phone chat service numbers are not supported.

Vocal clarity with Ooma Telo’s PureVoice HD

The Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system also claims to offer better clarity than Ooma Telo VoIP competitors with its PureVoice HD technology. The Ooma Telo uses HD voice (double the voice signal), encrypted calls, advanced voice compression, and packet prioritization through wire-speed QoS. (For a true HD voice experience, an HD-compatible phone is necessary. This includes most corded telephones, and the Ooma Telo handset.)

To combat the packet loss that some VoIP users experience as garbled or interrupted voice signals, Ooma Telo’s PureVoice HD also incorporates adaptive redundancy — the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system detects packet loss and issues duplicate packets to cover the gap.

What equipment do you need to use the Ooma Telo phone system?

The basic configuration for the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system is simply the Ooma Telo VoIP adapter, high-speed Internet access, and a phone. You can use your regular corded or cordless phone, or you can buy an Ooma Telo handset. The Ooma Telo supports up to four Ooma Telo handsets.

Other Ooma Telo phone system optional hardware add-ons include an Ooma Telo Bluetooth adapter and the Ooma wireless adapter.

Keep your phone number

When you buy and register an Ooma Telo phone system, you’ll be given the option to choose a new number, with any area code (except Alaska area codes). Hawaii 808 area codes will cost an extra $29.99 per year/per number, but the annual cost of one 808 number is waived with an Ooma Telo Premier subscription.

For many people who may have had the same phone number for years, it’s an integral part of their identity. With Ooma Telo, you can port your current phone number to the Ooma Telo phone system for a one-time fee of $39.99. This fee is waived with an Ooma Telo Premier subscription.

Use the Ooma phone system anywhere in the world

The Ooma Telo phone system can be used anywhere in the world, as long as the customer has high-speed Internet, a phone that meets US standards, and a North American power supply (which you can create with an electrical converter).

With an Ooma Telo phone system, calls to the US will be free. Calls to other countries will be be charged a low international call rate. However, the Ooma Telo also features free in-network calling: Ooma Telo to Ooma Telo calls are always free, anywhere in the world. Ooma users outside the US will be also responsible for paying that country’s taxes and fees.

Ooma Telo Prices

Using the Ooma Telo phone system requires an initial investment of $199 for the Ooma Telo VoIP adapter. After installing the Ooma Telo, you pay only nominal fees and taxes, plus whatever international calling charges you might incur. Ooma estimates that Ooma Telo users with an average landline phone bill of $30 per month will recoup their investment in about a year.

The Ooma Telo handset and the Ooma Telo wireless adapter are both $49.99. The Ooma Telo Bluetooth adapter is $29.99. The Ooma Telo app is $9.99 from iTunes or the Android Market.

Additionally, Ooma offers several bundled options for the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system:
  • Ooma Telo and Ooma Telo handset, $249.98
  • Ooma Telo and Ooma Telo wireless adapter, $249.99
  • Ooma Telo and Ooma Telo Bluetooth wireless adapter, $229.98

The Ooma phone system comes in two basic flavors: the Ooma Telo ATA device and the Ooma Telo Premier subscription plan. The Ooma Telo Premier subscription plan includes the Ooma Telo and all its features, as well as some additional services. The Ooma Telo Premier plan is $119.99 per year, or $9.99 per month.

Cost Benefit of Ooma Telo Phone System

After an upfront fee of $199 for the Ooma Telo device, Ooma Telo customers can eliminate many of the monthly costs associated with a traditional phone service. With the Ooma Telo phone system, Ooma Telo users will pay only basic taxes and fees as required by law. These vary by region due to state tax rates, but typically run between $3 and $4 per month. (You can enter your zip code on the Ooma website to see exactly what your monthly Ooma Telo obligation would be.)

These charges include the taxes and fees you see on your current phone bill from your landline service: The Regulatory Compliance Fee, Federal Universal Service Charge, and others. By eliminating monthly phone service charges and switching to the Ooma Telo VoIP home phone system, Ooma estimates that residential users of the Ooma Telo will save over $800 in just two years. (Based on a $50/month bill. Customers with a $30/month bill will save close to $400.)

Ooma Telo Premier

The Ooma Telo Premier plan includes some of the following benefits:

  • 3-way conference calling
  • Instant second line (only with Telo handset)
  • Google Voice extensions
  • Free calls to Canada (excluding 867 area code)
  • Multi-ring (simultaneously ring or forward to your mobile phone)
  • Anonymous call reject
  • Caller blacklists
  • Backup number
  • Voicemail forwarding to email
  • Annual fee for one 808 (Hawaii) number waived
  • Number porting fee waived (or choose a free Telo handset, wireless or Bluetooth adapter, or extended warranty)
  • 500 international minutes for $4.99 per month
  • 250 free US calling minutes per month using the Mobile HD app
  • Voicemail-to-text transcription (additional $9.99 per month)

Ooma Telo on your iPhone or Android

The Ooma Telo also features an app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android users. Available for download for $9.99, the Ooma Mobile HD app uses any 3G or WiFi network to make US calls as low as 1.9¢ per minute.

Ooma offers a mobile calling plan for $4.99 per month. Ooma’s mobile subscribers get 1,000 minutes per month. Ooma Telo Premier customers receive 250 free U.S. calling minutes.

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Created by: jarnold, Last modification: Thu 02 of Apr, 2015 (00:23 UTC) by admin
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