Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ooma + Wifi + Apple = Cheap Phone Calls

According to my blog I picked up my Ooma back in August yet never got around to reviewing it.

What's an Ooma?
Ooma is a device you connect to your router in order to make phone calls. If you know about Skype, its the same principle without the monthly fees. You pay $200 for the device, cancel your landline and never worry about phone bills again.

No monthly fees? No way!
Yes way! I've been Ooma'ing for almost a year and would never lie about money ;)

What do you need?
An Ooma, a regular phone to plug into the Ooma (see my decade old Radio Shack special?) and obviously internet

So why am I suddenly, newly excited about Ooma?
They e-mailed this morning to say their new Apple app was released! Now you can share your Ooma phone number with an ipad, iphone or itouch. ITOUCH - WHICH THEY SELL AT STAPLES = FREE OR CLOSE!

from the release:
Ooma Mobile allows you to make phone calls over Wi-Fi using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Since these calls go over Wi-Fi instead of the cellular network, you can transform devices like your iPod touch and iPad into a fully functioning phone and make phone calls anywhere you have Wi-Fi access.

If you have a 3G-enabled device like the iPhone and some versions of the iPad, you can also make calls over your 3G data connection, giving you full mobility while still bypassing the voice minutes on your calling plan.

The costs:
The Ooma Mobile app is $9.99
Calls are 1.9 cents per minute for U.S. calls or applicable rates for international calls

So why am I excited again?
I don't have an iTouch but Staples sells them for $200 and you guys know how much I love rebating and recycling ink cartridges. In fact, that's how I got my Ooma last year! I ditched my cellphone plan when I bought the Ooma and keep looking at my sidekick askance since I pay $30/month for unlimited data and texting but could conceivably eliminate the whole bill by switching to an itouch.

This is stuff for Future Anny to consider. Present Anny has some ink to go recycle ;)


Angela said...

You know, I have been trying to figure all of that out myself. I currently have a Blackberry Curve and a Verizon aircard, so my bill is almost $200. I am actually not using the aircard anymore, as we have Roadrunner at home and the combo of my Blackberry and Kindle are good enough for away from home.

But I really hate talking on the phone and rarely do so with someone who isn't on Verizon, which is free anyway. I use Facebook and text more than anything on that phone. I just need something that can text and get online.