“Cut the cord” on your Traditional Home Phone
As we come to be more reliant on our cell phones and mobile devices, the idea of having a traditional home phone line is becoming almost obsolete. But there are cases where having a home phone makes good sense and I’ll share my experience with how you can save money and keep your home phone with the Ooma Telo VOIP phone device.
We’ve kept a home phone line primarily for our kids to use in the case of an emergency. It’s hard to put a price on what your home safety is worth, and we’re not willing to give up a phone for that reason. However we did switch to a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service many years ago, recognizing the opportunity to save money. VOIP phone service can be thought of similar to Streaming Video, it’s an Over-the-top (OTT) service that utilizes your high-speed internet connection rather than the phone company wires to make phone calls.
VOIP enables low cost calls throughout the U.S., plus very affordable rates for international calls. Some services allow for additional out-of-area phone numbers so that your loved ones can call you using a number that is a local call for them. VOIP phone service can also enable big savings for small businesses.
Home Phone Service for $3.47/month*
For many years we were customers of Vonage, but recently decided to switch to Ooma to save even more money. So far the service has been good, although we admittedly don’t use the home phone a lot. Most VOIP services require that you buy a small network phone adapter (like the Ooma Telo pictured right). The good news is that you own the hardware and with your monthly cost savings in phone service it will pay for itself in no time.
Ooma Telo set-up is simple
- Open the box and locate the Activation Code on the bottom of the device. Log-on to the web to activate the device, register your address for 911, choose a new phone number** (you’ll be given a couple dozen to choose from) and set-up payment details.
- Next connect the Ooma Telo to your router, then connect to your phone, then connect the power. It took roughly 5 minutes for our device to boot-up and be ready for calls.
* Your Ooma monthy rate for applicable taxes and fees may vary slightly, check for yourself at: https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator
** If you would like to keep your existing phone number, you’ll need to pay a one-time “number port” transfer fee of $39.99. This can take several weeks. In the meantime you are functional with your new temporary phone number.