Monday, May 25, 2015

The Best Internet Phone System Gets Better

The best internet phone system - Ooma - got better today.

The Best Internet Phone System Gets Better

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Ooma delivers smart phone features in its internet-linked Telo base station and new HD2 handset.

The best internet phone system – Ooma - got better today. 

Cited by the “leading  consumer product testing magazine” (Consumer Reports) for the highest quality and value of its voice-over-internet phone service, Ooma today started selling a new Ooma HD2 handset  piling on extra features. Snazziest is a two-inch color screen that shows the picture of a caller in the user’s contact list when the phone rings.  (Images and contact information can be imported from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Outlook and Mac  AddressBook. )

In fact, any wired or cordless phone system can be plugged into the core Ooma Telo base station - a $199 item that comes with free domestic calling forever. Users just  pay about $4 a month in taxes, pennies per minute for overseas calls  and whatever your internet service provider charges. Ooma hopes you’ll bump up to its' Premium service for a second phone line and other perks.

 The branded Ooma handsets ($59.99) produce better wireless range and higher quality (less compressed) audio when communicating with other Ooma phone users. Ooma handsets also offer one-touch voicemail access, intercom and baby monitoring features.  And the HD2  handset likewise improves on its’ predecessor with  more easily swapped rechargeable AA batteries and a port for connecting a wired headset. (Bluetooth headsets can be used with an accessory.)

Also launched today is the Ooma Linx – a  $49.99 cordless phone jack.  Once plugged into an AC outlet  the device lets you easily connect and use any phone, fax machine, or other telephony device (like a house alarm system) with the Ooma Telo base station/service. The only downside  - Linx claims one of the four wireless digital signal paths available with a Telo, leaving three  (max) for HD2 handsets.

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