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I'm not ready to jump off the Vonage wagon yet, and if I do, it would
probably be back to Mediacom for two years.
Right after I use my Vonage "Extension" to make some calls in Europe this
By then, we'll see if Ooma is still high on the list for sms and Thad.
Add Roy to the list.
Though I've been "looking" at Ooma for over 6 years I just
didn't have enough incentive to change my cellphone-only
stance after abandoning PacBell landlines in 2002.
Roy's comments about 5-6 weeks ago plus my need to contact
a service for a water heater replacement plus my need to
contact the Santa Clara County Tax Collectors office re:
removing items from my tax bill finally were the incentives
I needed to get Ooma so I could use my Plantronics headset
phone hands free while also using a computer keyboard.
I had called over 80 so-called water heater plumbing companies
all of whom rudely hung up after I asked for a quote and that
was becoming annoying using my cellphone.*
I had been on hold for over an hour some days attempting to contact
the Tax Collector and that was becoming annoying and frustrating
using my cell phone especially when the battery would deplete
after being on hold.
So I got the Ooma and I'm kicking myself for not doing it earlier.
Ooma's voice quality is exemplary and as good or better than the
Asterisk systems I've setup for clients over the years which were
better than PacBell's landlines and I'm simply flabbergasted that
the Ooma setup was so easy with BIG thanks to Roy for his tests
and comments -- it was simply a plug'n'play on my LAN followed by
a simple setup at Ooma: choose a phone number, billing info, E911
info, then later the Voice Mail setup (e.g., greeting, etc).
Now here's something strange: it seems Roy and I bought the Ooma
Telo at the "right" time because there's a new model Telo that
appears to be stripped down and I cannot find a manual for it but
photos of both are here for comparison:
and another picture of the "new" Telo can be seen on this page:
It doesn't have as many buttons as the model that Roy and I bought
and it's not clear what's on the back panel. This probably explains
why the model that Roy and I bought had a price reduction from Amazon,
Newegg, et al a month or so ago. I'm not complaining and I'm very
pleased with the model I have.
* the company that did provide me a quote and a special financing
arrangement [I'm retired now] and spent an incredible 9 hours from
9am until 6pm with only a short lunch break on March 10 bringing
everything up to code with a new gas line, superior drain pan, all
copper piping, etc etc etc and including an "infinite" warranty is
this one whose work replacing the old heater (a Bradford-White
40-gallon which lasted 4 years beyond its 10-year warranty) and made
it all looking like a work of art is:
for whom I have the highest respect for quality of work *AND* good
business practices (i.e., not hanging up on me when I asked for a
ballpark quote so I could have money transferred into my checking