New ooma service works with standard home phones

New ooma service works with standard home phones

Summary: I like the concept of ooma, a new VoIP service that rather than using PCs, works with regular home phones.ooma debuts today in beta, with general availability scheduled for this fall.

TOPICS: Mobility


I like the concept of ooma, a new VoIP service that rather than using PCs, works with regular home phones.

ooma debuts today in beta, with general availability scheduled for this fall.

U.S. calls are free via the ooma service. To make calls you connect to a broadband connection and primary phone through an ooma Hub.

According to, Ooma charges a one-time fee of $399 for the Ooma device. After that, all domestic local and long distance calling is free. (International rates will be a Skype-like, few cents a minute.)

Additionally, you can use a $39 ooma Scout to connect to every active phone extension you are running.

ooma also comes with Instant Second Line, which gives users access to a second line in their home, with no installation or new phones, as well as a branded Broadband Answering Machine that combines voice mail with traditional answering machine features.

This setup is based on an ooma architecture based on a "distributed termination" call routing algorithm somewhat similar to P2P. This architecture allows ooma calls to bypass fee collection points that involve most providers having to pay termination fees to landline and cell phone companies.

Landline-using ooma customers contribute their connections to a local calling area. These allow additional ooma customers calling that area to use that de factor local calling area to complete their calls.

Because local landline phones are used in ooma, customers can keep their legacy connections in case the power goes out, or a 911 call is necessary.

Topic: Mobility

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  • I don't get it... someone help me understand this..

    How would this be a benefit to someone like me?
    The call is routed through another person's land line? is that the deal?
    Okay... so I share a landline with other people sharing their landline. Is that correct?
    So if I have to have a landline (or do I), I think they want people to also user their service, for free calling in the U.S. .
    However it seems to me if you have a landline, you're paying more than a normal VOIP.
    It would be a cool thing to have around if you need more than one line, but what about security?
    How does the company make money? off my landline?

    Maybe someone can see the benefit in this beyond the coolness factor.
  • Security?

    How do I not have someone with a land line monitoring the traffic? There's no encryption when the conversation jumps to POTS.

    If you have a landline that is being used along the way to communicate with a known terrorist, make some kind of threat, etc., that landline owner is going to have some tough explaining to do.
    Uber Dweeb
    • excellent points (nt)

  • A Fool and his money are easily parted...

    Only a fool would pay $399 to a start-up outfit in the Telecom industry. Vonage and SunRocket are going and have gone under (respectively) and they were both considered to be relatively established and successful. This new ooma outfit has no patents and patent protection is what the VoIP industry is about right now.
    Joe Grecian
  • landline vs. ooma

    As per reviews,<br>The landline is one way to route calls from one phone number to another. <br>The Internet can do the same thing using a technology called VoIP (which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol). Simply put this way, you can transmit calls over the Internet in the same way you send email. The state-of-the-art encryption helps ensure that all your calls remain secure and private. <br>In addition, the ooma system has been architected to deliver exceptional voice quality and reliability, giving you the crisp, acoustic performance of a landline, without the associated fees. The customers reported that Ooma delivers "excellent voice quality," "better than landline." This is good way to communicate with friends and relatives like asking for advises for a <a href="">breakfast ideas</a> or a recipe for <a href="">salsa recipe</a> and <a href="">copper prices</a>.This technology would also help a telecommunication company in running their business too.
    connie sandoval