Ooma has a new home phone device utilizing 4G LTE cell connectivity with some internet features. $50 for the device at Walmart and $12+T&F for unlimited calling in the USA. It uses the Sprint network and I guess this device has been around for a while, which I hadn't been aware of.
Our dear old Obi110 has faithfully served for many years & after the EOL for GV usage got placed onto Circlenet as a forward from GV...and now that has gone dead as well - must be that Sam is a bit ahead of schedule on the killing the service off date, I'm guessing...so:
We basically have to choose between;
1 - putting the 110 onto Voip-MS with its monthly cost;
2 - buying a polycom 2xx box;
3. Getting a cheap (used) Ooma box with its smallish monthly costs.
Here's how that shakes out as I see it=>
1 - Great company & services - a valid choice;
2 - Pure distrust due to complete lack of support & folks reporting poor results via forum for a while already;
3 - Another valid choice which is likely the simplest of the 3.
Any affordable & good alternative suggestions will be warmly appreciated !!
I find ooma to be worth the small cost. Direct your effort in saving money elsewhere. It has been very reliable and easy to use for me. I bought an obihai with the intention of saving a few bucks but it has been sitting in a drawer ever since. I guess I should sell it before it gets discontinued.
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Nobuddy got nuffin to add fer dis ??
All three options are positive. Since Simonics gvgw beta ended, I have been using an Obi 2xx and I must say it has worked perfectly since then. I haven't received any mention of yearly update fees or EOL stuff, so I'm quite happy with this home phone service for now. I used Ooma many years ago but had lots of problems because of slow internet speeds, I suspect. I've recently heard a few times that Ooma had added some questionable fees to the basic service in addition to what was already charged and some people are paying $ 6 or $ 7 a month now. But I guess where one lives has a lot to with how much basic service costs.
Using your Obi 1xxwould avoid the costs for an Ooma or Obi2xx, money which would pay for quite a bit of service on Voip- MS. Because I've had such good success with my Obi 2xx/GV set up, I'm biased toward that solution. Yet who knows when Polycom will bring up the EOL discussion. But even if it becomes EOL, you'll still have the Obi2xx to switch over to another Voip provider. If my Obi should become defunct, I think I can now just get by with a simless wifi GV app phone for home use.