Thinking about getting rid of your home phone to save money? I have a great money-saving solution.
It is called Ooma , and it's a device that you can connect to your high-speed Internet access.
Ooma allows you to cut the cord on your phone service but keep your home phone operating and your wallet full.
Ooma is a voice over IP box that costs from $119 to $169 depending on the model. You will get that upfront cost back in months because the phone service is free. All you have to pay for is the taxes and fees you already pay with your current bill every month. The difference is you pay nothing else for as long as you own your Ooma .
You can calculate your monthly cost on Ooma's site by just typing in your zip code. I typed in 85008 for this example. The taxes and fees came to $3.71! That's all you pay every month. They charge your credit card every month. The Ooma service comes with free phone calls to anyone in the U.S., caller ID and call waiting. Sounds amazing right? The Ooma box also comes with voice mail so you can retrieve your messages from the device or over the Internet for free.
Don't worry about losing your home phone number. You can have your existing home phone number transferred, but it will cost you a one-time porting fee of $39.99. You can select a new phone number for free.
To setup the Ooma is a simple step-by-step process. You connect the Ooma device to your high-speed Internet access device and then connect your home phone to your Ooma . Your configuration may be a little different if you have a router, but the instructions cover that too.
Now the most important factor is the call quality. I can tell you that the call quality is just as good as a regular phone line. I have owned my Ooma for two years and no one would ever know I am using the phone over the Internet. The call quality is great. The only time I have a problem is if my high-speed Internet access goes down. Also, the Ooma phone line might cause a problem with your alarm system if you have one. You will need to contact your alarm company and see if they can install a wireless phone to work with your Ooma.