Last October I started using OOMA VOIP and I have to say that it has been great.
In 6 months of using Voice over IP I have been very pleased with the service and functionality. And now they are offering a second number free. I can not find a reason to get a land line, or even try another VOIP plan since OOMA is free with their equipment and it allows me to use standard telephones instead of proprietary IP phones or headsets. I may even step up to their new Premier service for only $12.95, but for now what I have works great.
With my recent move there was nothing more for me to do than setup my VOIP hub when the broadband was installed. I really do not miss dealing with the phone company at all. I use inexpensive cordless phones with the system and the range is excellent throughout the house and deck.
Google GrandCentral is now in Beta and allowing non invite registrations. There are several features of Google GrandCentral that make it stand out. You can now have a phone number that allows people to call you without them knowing your actual phone number, lets see, did that make sense?
Let’s try it this way, One Number, Multiple phones!
For Bloggers it is a great tool to allow your readers to contact you without posting your home, office or cell phone number. You can add a web button, like the one in my right sidebar that allows a reader to enter their name and phone number, then the system connects the call and it rings back to the reader. You can also set the system to take all calls to voice mail and from there you have several more options.
Once a voice mail is received an email is sent to you immediately. You can listen to the message, download it and even post it to your blog. Here is an example thanks to Garry Conn !
Here is the link to the free invites, so make sure to check it out. Even if you are not posting it on your blog it can be a great tool to help manage your phones.As usual, it just took a little patience to see what Google would do once they acquired GrandCentral last summer, and it looks like they have a great start with the first release of Google GrandCentral.Link : Blog Release at Blogger Buzz
I received my OOMA this week and I can’t wait to get it installed and check it out. OOMA is a new VOIP provider that is offering all US calls for free, you just pay for the hardware.
With ooma you OWN YOUR DIALTONE. That means no monthly bills for unlimited US calling and premium features like the Instant Second Line™ and the Broadband Answering Machine™. Get the system David Pogue of the NY Times calls “diabolically clever-and crazily ambitious.” Source : www.ooma.com
There is a little delay in the fact that the original account was accidently setup as if I already had a landline. So I am just waiting on the system to take the conversion to non-landline into my account. I used the Chat feature on their website to handle the issue and I was very pleased with their support.
The only phones I have had since the last millennium have been cell phones so this should be a little different. Needless to say I am opting for the Non-landline version of OOMA. The only downside to the system is when the power or broadband is out I will not have telephone access. However, I am not giving up the cell phones so I am not really losing any features.
The OOMA packaging has to be the nicest I have seen in a long time.