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#31 of 41 Old 02-05-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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yes, I was thinking about the ooma - will have to find out where the closest costco is.
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It is available other places, too, if Costco isn't convenient for you. Amazon has it, for example.

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Make sure you save your receipt.

My mom bought an ooma (per my recommendation, as I thought the MJ would just frustrate her) two weeks ago, spend 90 minutes on the phone with customer service (who told her ooma costs $10/mo) and ended up taking it back and buying an MJ, which works great. Go figure.

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You *can* choose to pay for premiere service, but it isn't required. The Ooma basic service (free) has more features than our landline phone did!

There are choices because not everyone is the same.

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Yep. Everybody's internet connection is different, too.

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I had never heard of an Ooma before. I'm totally looking into this! What a great thread

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My way of saving money on phone service and still have a cell for non-911 but "emergency mostly" use was to get a Net10 prepaid phone and keep landline service. The phone service was with my cable package and includes free unlimited long distance.

The cell phone I actually need to go online because I think they have a $15.mo plan that way, in store the minimum is $20 for 200 mins. and 30 days of service.

but my old cell phone plan, with 2 phones was about $70 a month. Even if we had a second phone with the prepaid thing I'm doing, it would be $30-$40. And it works for us, even though sometimes I end up having to buy a card to keep the phone *on*...the minutes stay and accumulate, though--so if I have a time where I use it more, like I'm out of town or something, it'll be OK and I most likely *won't* have to buy a higher-priced card with more minutes.

When I did have that cell plan, yeah I had unlimited nights after 7 and weekends....*but* other than weekends, most of my weekday calling is actually between probably 4 and 6 PM....strange I know but true.

Anyway once I realized it made no sense to keep unlimited nights and weekends and pay for this house phone plan, I cut to the cheaper pre-paid cell plan. It wasn't an uncommon occurence to go over my 'day minutes' with the shared phones and the cell plan.
This way there *are* no limits to go over and it's a lot cheaper than the unlimited cell phone plans.

And I have 3 kids, when I go someplace with all of them, I need to focus on THEM anyway not also be trying to have random conversations. I do carry it in case of emergency and necessity but my cell phone habits have changed drastically since I switched, and it is *better.*

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more reasons to keep your landline:

1. with this snow storm, my ILs lost power and their cell-phone batteries died. with no landline service, they can only call 911. before their cell phones died, they were able to call my husband to complain about it (and tell us about using their gas stove to try to heat their house ). husband confirmed to me today that they had gotten rid of their landline phone and they are unreachable now. we have no idea if they're OK.

2. depending on where you live, terrorist attacks or natural disaster. in an emergency like that, cell phone circuits can become overwhelmed. a landline phone to call out-of-area relatives to check in would be very important.
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I must say the land line is more reliable than the cell, especially if you have to make emergency calls.

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Dredging up this old thread while searching for ooma. That system sounds very appealing.

How do they bill you for the occasional international call?
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We've never made an international call with our Ooma, so I don't know. I looked on "my Ooma" for you and didn't see an answer. I look at "my Ooma" once a week anyway to see our call logs (building a contact list the easy way) and make sure we didn't miss a voicemail.

There are more extensive Q&As elsewhere on the ooma site, so you might wish to search on there.

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