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The GoodThe Ooma Telo is a great low cost service for basic calling and voicemail, with a variety of ways to access the service. Installation and configuration is straightforward and the voice clarity is very good, with little to no lag. Ooma customer service is responsive and knowledgeable. If you need additional features or International bundles, there are many upgrade options for you to choose from.
The BadThis is not a total unified communication (UC) solution. Though you can setup voicemail transcription, there is no SMS, voice conferencing or video calling features. The mobile app has a one-time fee of $9.99, which is a slight annoyance, and only gives you 250 minutes of calling. Also to get a feature set similar to the providers you see on this site, you need the premier service, which is expensive at $9.99/month. Finally, although the plan is advertised as unlimited minutes, there is actually a fair usage policy which indicates the maximum limit is 5,000 minutes.
The Bottom Line
Overall ThoughtsThe Ooma service is actually a very good option for those who want a basic home phone service at a low cost. If you need more advanced features such as voicemail to email, call forwarding and the likes, there may be better options out there as the price jumps considerably. The customer support side seems to be knowledgeable and responsive and user reviews are very positive overall. Remember to activate your service before connecting the device to your home network!
What comes to mind when you think of great marketing? Many people may think of a jingle from an advertisement or maybe an entertaining scenario during a TV commercial. Generally speaking, not many people think of a telecom company when it comes to a sense of humor in advertising. This is one of the many things that the Ooma service does correctly.
Going back to 2004 when the company was first established, part of their marketing team was the celebrity Ashton Kutcher. Here he played the role of the creative director for marketing. Though in 2008 the company reformed and replaced him with Richard Buchanan, former CMO of Sling Media, they seem to have retained the actor's sense of humor as you can see from the commercial for its office service.
At this time, VoIP was not a new technology but it was not as widely implemented as it is today. By building on the momentum of other emerging technologies, the Palo Alto based company was able to carve a niche for themselves in the communication market. Today, they are arguably one of the better services for home or small office use.
If you decide to purchase Ooma, of any variation, whether for home or a Small to Medium sized Business (SMB), you will find that it is very easy to obtain. The option to purchase either one of their products is available through its website too. There are many other retailers who also sell the Telo which can be of benefit should you have a preferred retailer, business credit line or a gift card with another establishment. Often, many retailers offer it at a lower price or extend promotions such as a mail in rebate.
The devices are not available at most brick and mortar locations so ordering the device from an online service is necessary in most cases. We decided to purchase the device through OfficeMax as they seemed to offer the best price along with free and fast shipping. The good news is that device arrived in roughly 72 hours which is a great turn-around time for shipping.
The price seems to vary between retailers. The average retail price is $149.99 and is likely the price you will pay if you opt to purchase directly from the company. Better deals can be uncovered with a little bit of snooping as you can see above. The screenshot above was taken after we paid the full retail price from OfficeMax. Keep that in mind if you decide to go with this service for your home or business after reading the rest of the review.
For the price you pay for the service, you gain the ability to use the core calling features indefinitely. You also receive a 60 day trial to Ooma Premier that gives you access to 25 great features - this is where the service truly shines. After the trial, you can pay $9.99 for the service on a monthly basis. With every year worth of subscription fees, you also have the option to select one of the free gifts you see above or purchase their HD2 Handset at a 67% discount. Keep in mind that the price for Premier is relatively high compared to some other providers you see on our site. If you do not need the additional features, the basic service price is tough to beat.
The only fee for US and Canadian service you will encounter is the one certainty to which we are all bound: taxes. Yes, even though it is a VoIP product, fees must still be paid to government entities to keep the industry from collapsing on itself. Fortunately, the fees amount to pocket change as you can see in the above graphic.
One final note for those in the US and Canada. For the basic plan, unlimited calling only applies to calls inside your country (i.e. if you live in the US, calls are free and unlimited inside the US and likewise for those in Canada). Calls from the US to Canada or from Canada to the US are 1.4c/minute. The premier plan removes the 1.4c/minute fee. In other words, those in the US can call Canada for free and vice versa.
Installing the Telo is a simple process. The system ships with a large poster-type document showing you exactly how to connect and configure the system. The most important part to keep in mind is that the service must be activated before the system is plugged in to your network. Otherwise, the Telo will need to be rebooted - a minor inconvenience that requires unplugging the device for 30 seconds, much like power cycling a router.
In order to register your device, you must visit ooma.com/activate and follow the steps to activate your service. From this point, you are guided through a step by step process to enter the required information. If you are replacing a damaged or defective device from an existing service, you will be prompted to call customer service at this point so they can restore your existing settings to the new device.
At this point, only two devices are offered - the Telo is the home device and the Hub is for the business service. Your device will have an activation code on the bottom of the unit and you will enter this into the form. After entering the required information, you will have to complete an additional 4 steps to finish setting up the device.
The physical portion of installing the Telo is relatively simple. All that is required after activation is physically connecting an analog phone to the phone port on the device then plugging the device into a router (or direct to your internet modem). The Telo has a port built into the device that allows you to connect a switch behind the device, meaning it can sit between the switch connecting your physical devices and your gateway. This can help with Quality of Service (QoS), depending on your network, but it is still probably best to configure such settings on one device (i.e. your home gateway.)
TFor this review, it was installed in a home environment where it is the only device physically connected to the network. After the phone was connected, an empty port was selected to connect the device. Upon establishing a connection with the internet, the device will begin to update and configure based on the settings entered. The system will initially flash red until it finishes booting and updating. The lights change to blue when it is ready for use.
Perhaps one of the best parts about this service is the variety of ways you can configure the device. You can program many features by pressing the Play icon (like on a DVD remote) and using the connected phone to navigate through the menus. Initially, you must set a PIN to access your voicemail and record a greeting, should you choose not to use the generic greeting. By delving into the advanced options, you can configure all the settings related to the core services. However, it is simpler to use the online dashboard to set up the device and tweak the service features.
If you would like to use the Telo device to control network flow, assign a static address to the device or perform other more advanced functions, you will need to connect a computer to the network port and navigate to setup.ooma.com for intranet access via a web browser. If you have purchased the wireless adapter for the device, you may access the console from a wireless connection.
By going to my.ooma.com on the local intranet, you can setup the features for the system. The first time you access the system, it will walk through most of the settings on a step by step basis allowing you to configure the most pertinent options.
After signing in to the above console using the phone number and password you selected during registration, a walkthrough is provided to assist with configuration. Any option you choose during setup can be changed at a later time from within the web console or via the mobile app. The initial setup involves:
By logging into your dashboard at ooma.com, referred to as My Ooma, you can manipulate many additional features in addition to modifying the options you selected during the initial setup. As you can see from the dashboard depicted below, you can view and listen to voicemails, see call logs as well as import or view contacts. Contacts can be imported from Outlook 2007 and later, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and .vcf formatted contact files.
You can further configure additional options by accessing the Preferences menu. Here you can make changes to the options you selected during initial setup as well as make additional tweaks to these settings. Some additional settings not found in the initial setup may be configured here including:
The great thing about the Telo and the Hub are all the add-on features you can use to supplement the service. Under the Add-Ons section you will find a variety of additional products you can purchase to enhance the overall service. The additional products and services you can select are as follows:
As we experienced no real problems with any portion of the service, it was difficult to find a topic for customer service to solve. Instead of creating a problem, we opted to test the flexibility of their service with a hypothetical question.
A call was placed as a general inquiry, that is, without providing any account information. After being connected with a very friendly lady on the other end of the call, we asked her about the nature of the free trial. She explained the terms of the trial without leaving any room for question. Then another question was asked pertaining to upgrading the service if need be, for example to a business line. It appears that one can purchase the Telo device from Ooma directly and if need be, the service can be upgraded to the business hub by simply paying the difference in the equipment costs. As the service is very easy to work with in general, it is comforting to know that a small business requiring more features than the Telo can provide can easily upgrade to the Hub.
Ooma is a very decent service for those looking for a basic, low cost home phone service, with good voice clarity. The customer support team seems to have knowledgeable representatives standing behind the service, and are very responsive.
If you need more features than the basic plan, the Premier service is also a good solution, although there are lower cost options in the marketplace with comparable or more advanced features. There are many add-ons that can be purchased, from wireless adapters through to International bundles. These costs can add-up fast but likely meet the needs of most people.
The only real disappointment is the mobile application, which is very basic and only provides 250 minutes for calls.
Finally, don't forget to activate your service before connecting the device to your network. This piece of advice will save you some hassle.
Author: Andy Forgrieve
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...Excellent audio. Like the adapter for wireless connection.....
Ooma reviews are listed in chronological order.
#33 : JUL 24th, 2015 : James
I use both Ooma and Obihai (with Google Voice that is free after the $50 - $100 Obihai equipment purchase). The Obihai is good but fax is problematic. Call quality issues happen about once a month but not as bad as cell phone coverage. For my critical business needs, I use Ooma which is always excellent voice and fax quality. The only problem I\'ve had is with my Wi-Fi router that has to be reset periodically because of Wi-Fi problems. That affects the fax that uses the Ooma Linx that depends on Wi-Fi.
#32 : JUL 17th, 2015 : Elaine
Totally unreliable service. Dropped calls happen more often than not. Frequently phone rings and can't connect to the caller. This happens repeatedly until after 3rd or 4th try the caller gives up. Service goes completely dead at least once a day so can't send or receive calls. Frequently dial number and nothing happens. Maybe on third or 4th try the call will actually go through. It's cheap, but frustrating. Save money in another part of the budget.
#31 : JUL 9th, 2015 : Bob
Five minutes out of the box it worked great and I saved over $30.00/month or $360.00/year. Now that's what I'm talking about. I received a 2 month test period and knew after the second day I was hooked.
#30 : JUL 1st, 2015 : Mike
I have been using OOMA for two years and cannot beat the cost savings BUT the call quality issues are ongoing and cannot be solved by OOMA . With having 20.0 Mbps of download and 2 Mbps upload consistantly the calls can range from ok to very poor and disconnects. The call quality is tinny, echoes, and complete loss of segments of the conversation. After many calls to OOMA trying to find a fix the problem continues. I have asked for firmware updates, they have opened the band range to unlimited, I have turned down the phone volume to eliminate feedback as a source but the problem continues. A smaller problem is we have two devices in different homes so when we try to activate one and deactivate another its a frustrating experience trying to explain time and time again its not new and that they are in different homes, they continually ask for the device number we want to deactivate. Why they cant keep two devices on my file is beyond me, particularly when they have different area codes for the two numbers. Then they say the device will be activated in 24 hours, who can be without a phone for 24 hours, so each time I have to demand immediate connection and after arm twisting and cajolling its done but why we need to go through this wrestling match twice a year is beyond me. They just cannot understand that there are two devices 2000 miles apart. For a supplier to advertise the conveniance of portable calling anywhere in the world someone needs to tell their staff about why OOMA is around and why people use the service. Big disconnect between the stated benefits of the device and the actual staff support of the device.
#29 : JUN 19th, 2015 : David
Pro's: I can get a second number in another city. I can receive and place calls on my tablet. I get North American long distance free. Cons: Service is from people who's native language is not English. Service is poor.
#28 : APR 27th, 2015 : Irv
The Ooma phone service has been up and down for over 2 days and no way to contact them by phone.
#27 : APR 24th, 2015 : Martino
The base unit costs about $100 and you are charged $10 for the enhanced voicemail and call options. You get unlimited Canada and U.S calling and cheaper international calls. The unit plugs right into your computer or high speed modem. Calls are very clear and the service is reliable. Great for personal, home office or even small business.
#26 : JAN 28th, 2015 : Rya
Be careful as they lie on the services and the status of orders. 1) The Premium service listed on their web site had a promotion that included several additional countries. They did not deliver on their promotion. We joined ooma due to the promotion. They engaged in false advertising. 2) Phone number porting from existing carrier to Ooma. Ooma told us that our carrier had received the port order and they (Ooma) were waiting, that was 3 weeks ago. Today I contacted our carrier (the one holding our number) and they have yet to receive Ooma's order. Ooma lied and after 1 month, NOTHING has happened. I received an email yesterday that the order should be processed at the end of February - that's two months to fulfill the order! 3) Sound quality: The Ooma device intermittently briefly breaks resulting in split second silence periods. Obihai devices are superior to Ooma's as we have never experienced silent breaks, and Obihai is more comparable to landline sound quality. 3) In order to phone other countries, Ooma's long distance plans require you to buy a minimum lot of time/funds, some other carriers offer more flexible long distance plans which may include other countries like UK, Australia, France, etc. in the basic long distance North America plans - you don't have to buy additional LD plans (which with Ooma you have to purchase additionally). 4) Customer Service staff lie outright on the status of orders and do not disclose the true status of orders and requests. 5) Value Rating: Poor because we have to spend MORE than they advertised. 6) Ease of use: setup is virtually no different as other VoIP companies are also easy to setup BUT the method of retrieving voice messages can be more cumbersome with Ooma. For example, you need to press a button on the "box" to retrieve messages, so if you put your box out of sight (under desk), good luck.
#25 : JAN 3rd, 2015 : Ken
OOMA was expensive and not worth the significant investment. It proved to be difficult, as their support was both overseas, and by email, and rarely, even on a blue moon, in voice by US based support staff in California. OOMA was not compatible with a whole host of other service features. After purchase, and enrollment, and commitment with cancellation penalties, you find out you made a very poor choice of carrier. Porting and choosing a replacement phone number was basic, and not impressive to warrant all the advertisement they push regarding their ease of port and use. Call quality generally was very good, when they were functioning. Manual reboot of the adapter was required infrequently, but compromised the service completely, and without warning or notice; one had to get used to their weird noises to know, oh, go reboot the device. OOMA was expensive. You find this out after their promotions end, and the unit purchased can NOT be returned to the store or otherwise. They quickly attempt to push you into calling features that boost your monthly expenditure well past what your prior landline carrier was charging. NO BETTER than the landline phone companies they replaced, or claim to be able to replace.
#24 : SEP 26th, 2014 : Robert
Didn't live up to its claims. Billing/shipping error. Quality of HD2 is poor. Bottom line: dissatisfied with service and quality of system.
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Ooma offers a number of options to customers when it comes to customer service. These include self help tutorials, live chat, customer forums and phone support. There does not currently appear to be a way to send Ooma customer service an email requesting support. The table below provides a summary of the methods in which you can easily contact Ooma.
Please contact us if there is any information in the table below that you believe should be updated.
|Customer Service Feature||Availability||Details|
|Live Chat||24 hours Mon-Fri via Ooma site|
|24x7 Phone Support||1-888-711-6662
Mon-Fri 7am to 7pm PST
Sat -Sun 8am to 5pm PST
|Talk to a real person||Press 1 at the prompt|
|USA based phone support||No details available|
|Online form / Email Support||No details available|
|Self Help Articles / Tutorials||Ooma Articles|
|Self Help Videos||Ooma Videos|
|Support Forums||Ooma Forum|
|Twitter Support||Ooma Support Feed|
|Contact number for Cancelation||1-888-711-6662
Press 1 for Customer Care
|Request a call back||Not Available|
|Money back guarantee||Within 30 days|
#23 : Posted by Paul Darquin on September 10th, 2015:
I have the Ooma Telo.
We are very satisfied with the basic service in Canada, which includes everything we have ever used with our landline (from three different operators), so we are not going to keep the premium service once the free period is up, and frankly, won't miss it.
Call quality at both ends is excellent, through cable internet at 30 megabits per second down and 2.5 megabits up.
#22 : Posted by Julie on January 30th, 2015:
I have had Ooma set up and wirelessly connected for about 9 months after seeing good reviews in Consumer Reports for the service. I am recently getting several complaints that I am "breaking up" when talking and I hear others fine. (Cordless Panasonic Dect 6.0) I ran your voip test a couple of times wirelessly and get varied consistency of quality results within a few minutes (49, 35, 58). Everything else is green. I have a Comcast router and I am not sure how I can try to reconfigure it to give priority to the voip. I also recently started connecting a new cell phone wirelessly at home. So i'm not sure if this is causing the problem. I found your site through the ooma forum. I don't want to give up on voip and go back to paying way too much for phone service. Any assistance is appreciated.
-> Response: Sorry to hear you are having problems.
Glad you have tried our VoIP test as that is always our first recommendation. Consistency of service can cause problems though I'd be surprised if that was your problem here.
Do you know what your uplink speed is with comcast, since that is the direction you are having issues?
Can you plug in the ooma directly to your router with an ethernet cable, as a test, rather than wireless? Just want to see if wireless is the issue. Also worth making sure no other computers or video streaming are running at the time, again as a test. Audio still break up?
Setting priority can be difficult and likely comcast will not help you on this. However, it is unlikely that you should need to do this.
Let me know how you get on and I'll think of other things to try.
#21 : Posted by Bill on February 5th, 2014:
I have had Ooma for over two years now and it sucks just as bad as it started doing about a year ago. After the dial tone, it can take up to over a minute for it to start ringing. Also, when we answer the incoming call, it can take up to 10-15 secs to get a response. I have talked with Ooma many times and they have tried helping me, but to no avail. They finally said that it was my broadband, but upon talking with them, they said it was Ooma. They checked and my speed was over 10 Mbps. So I guess it boils down to me going back to Majic Jack, as much as I hate to.
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