I fired the local telephone company years ago. I replaced the old-fashioned telephone service with a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone that connects to the Internet router in my home. There are no telephone lines connected to my house. The VoIP system works well, providing crystal-clear voice calls and also works perfectly with security alarms, FAX machines, and more.
I am especially pleased that Ooma offers secure, encrypted phone calls to other Ooma phones. Calling Ooma-to-Ooma provides a high level of privacy. However, calls to regular, old-fashioned telephone are limited to old-fashioned, unencrypted communications. Details may be found in my earlier article at https://privacyblog.com/2014/11/01/a-better-and-more-secure-internet-phone/.
Over the years, I have experimented with a number of different VoIP services. Back in the “old days” when VoIP was new, making phone calls meant leaving your computer powered up and online 24 hours a day and wearing headphones when you wanted to talk on the phone. Thankfully, those days are over. Almost all of today’s VoIP providers use normal telephones, such as those you purchase at the local computer store or department store.
Telephone calls to the U.S. placed with Ooma are almost free. However, the Ooma customer must first purchase the required hardware adapter. Ooma’s VoIP adapter originally cost $250 but the company later updated the design and dropped the price. I paid $150 for my Ooma adapter earlier this year.
Now Rick Broida writes in his Cheapskate Blog about an even better offer: “Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the refurbished Ooma Telo bundle for $80, plus $5 for shipping. The offer includes not only the Telo device, but also a Bluetooth adapter that lets you use your mobile phone to make VoIP calls (while you’re at home, natch).” Rick also writes, “I’m a longtime Ooma user and bigtime fan.” He’s not the only one. Add me to that list of Ooma fans.
You can read Rick Broida’s article at http://www.cnet.com/news/five-deal-friday-ooma-beats-gaffigan-and-more.