Ooma Competitors in 2019 From $3 Per Month

Why is Ooma so Popular?

Ooma is a service that works with your existing home telephone. At the most basic level it features unlimited calling in the United States, voice mail and caller ID. It also promises High Definition (HD) audio by sampling twice the amount of data from your voice, and adds redundancy to the packets as they are sent across the Internet. This ensures that so long as your Internet connection is decent, the voice clarity during your calls should be optimal and perhaps even better than a regular landline.

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Ooma provides the basic equipment needed to use its service, known as the Telo, for a fee of $149.99 MSRP. It also offers many add-ons, at additional cost, such as wireless adapters, Bluetooth adapters and DECT6.0 support. The service fee is essentially just a few dollars per month to cover taxes and regulatory fees.

If you need additional features, for example voicemail to email, 3-way conferencing, a second line, blacklist support and Apps for your cellphone you need to sign up for the Premier service. The premier service currently costs $9.99 per month.

For a full review please visit our Ooma review section and find our editor review and user reviews for this popular company.

Although it is a very popular service, there are many competitors in this space. In this article we have split the competition up in to two sections. The first section contains alternatives to Ooma at the basic service level, for those with simple needs such as unlimited calling in the US and voicemail access. The second section is for those looking for a few more features in their home service.

Ooma Alternatives for Basic Home Service

When you think about the top competitor to Ooma, most people will suggest MagicJack and for very basic service that is indeed correct.

MagicJack

MagicJack has a slightly different business model but in terms of the feature set, it is very similar to the Ooma basic service. The initial hardware costs much less for MagicJack, at $49.99 MSRP but you must pay an annual fee of $29.95 for the unlimited service. What is the best deal then? Well really it depends on how long you think you may use this for your home phone service. If you sign up for the 5 year plan this is about the break-even point with Ooma. Beyond this, Ooma saves you money. However, it is tough for people to sign up with a provider for 5 years, as you may not be happy with the service and 5 years is a long time in the technology sector, there may be better options during this period. The other item to consider here is the quality of the calls and customer service. This is where we recommend you read our user reviews for both companies as part of your due diligence process. You can find reviews in our MagicJack review section, including a full editor review.

Alternatives for Feature Rich Home Service

For feature rich phone service we have narrowed the search down to two providers, VoIPo and Phone Power.

VoIPo

The VoIPo service is similar to Phone Power when looked at in a side-by-side comparison. It also offers unlimited calling inside the US and Canada and 60 free International minutes per month. The unlimited plan also has 40+ features and the cost works out to be $6.21 per month when you sign up for the 2-year plan. After 2-years the price jumps to $15 per month. VoIPo sends you the hardware adapter free of charge. Visit our VoIPo review section for our editor review and user reviews submitted by real customers.

1-VoIP

1-VoIP offers a feature rich plan with unlimited calls to the US and Canada and 40+ features. Some of the more advanced features include voicemail to email, fax, call forwarding, anonymous call reject and mobile Apps. The price for this service, if you sign up for the annual plan works out at $8.97/month (plus taxes). This is a significant saving over Ooma and there are no up-front hardware costs as 1-VoIP sends you its adapter for free. If you continue on the annual plan the rate stays the same or you can move to a month to month plan for a slightly higher fee. View our 1-VoIP review section for our editor review of its service along with hundreds of user reviews.

What Now?

Now you are armed with information on some of the Ooma competitors in this space what now we hear you say.

Start by making a note of the features you really need. If you need more than just voicemail and a phone number then that will mean looking at the more feature rich plans. If not then look at the really low cost options.

Next, read our user reviews for each provider and see what others think of each service. We have been collecting reviews since 2005 and also have some neat tools on each review page, so you can view review scores over time and compare multiple providers at once. As an example the below table provides a side-by-side comparison of user submitted ratings.

Description Ooma MagicJack VoIPo 1VoIP
Total Ratings 46 157 87 232
Features 4
3
4.2
4.6
Reliability 3.7
2.7
3.5
4.4
Sound Quality 3.9
3.2
4
4.5
Customer Service 3.4
2
3.9
4.6
Value for Money 3.7
3.1
4.1
4.4
Recommended 67% 41% 66% 87%
Average Rating 3.8
2.8
4
4.5
Provider Links Ooma MagicJack VoIPo 1VoIP

Other Popular Providers to Compare

Here are some other popular providers worth comparing to Ooma.

Provider* Highlights Startup Reviews More Info
  • Special: $8.95/mo ($7.16/mo Prepay)
  • No Contracts/Setup Fees, USA Support
  • Order Online, Get a Free Adapter
  • Unlimited Calling US, CAN, 50+ countries
30-day Money Back 5

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  • Save 53%+ on Your Phone Bill
  • Over 40 Included Features
  • Easy Setup & Free Adapter to Use
  • No Contract or Cancellation Fee
30-day Money Back 4.5

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  • Special: $149 for 2 Years service
  • Free 2nd line + International minutes
  • Free setup. No contract
  • 45+ features. US-based support
30-day Money Back 4

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  • Special: Limited Time Offer
  • No setup fees - US Based Support
  • Free Adapter, 50+ features
  • No Annual Prepay
No Cancel Fees 4.2

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  • Special: $75 per year!
  • Free hardware & activation
  • Money back guarantee
  • 30+ features
15-day Money Back 3.9

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#3 : Posted by Nick

I have used Ooma since 2005 and it has worked very well even with our very low DSL speed of 1.5Mbps. Calls are clear, the voicemail is simple and works well. We were previously paying $45\month plus about $8 in taxes and "other charges" from the phone company provider. We use the free Ooma service and only pay $3.74 in taxes per month now. When we purchased the Ooma box was around $200 but it is now regularly available for $99. It has long since paid for itself and has been very reliable thus far so I recommend it as a great cheap option with no monthly service fees for the basic service.

 

#2 : Posted by Bill

Can this be connected to a router without a computer?

-> Response: Yes absolutely. Basically connect the Ooma box to your router and your phone to the Ooma box and you're good to go. No computer needed.

 

#1 : Posted by Joe

Ooma's premier service is not $9.99 they include the taxes and fees which makes it $15.94 each per month.