Ooma Telo VOIP Service & Device Review

Posted on Jul 5 2014 - 3:31pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


I will freely admit, I was horrified when I looked at our Time Warner bill recently. How could the most basic of cable, phone, and internet cost so much. To my horror, a lot of the cost came from our phone service, which isn’t even the most dependable. It had to go, no question about it, and I told Daniel it was gone. While we could survive with just our iPhones, I have always been paranoid of us going over our minutes, especially since our sisters share minutes with us. As I was looking into various options for us, we were approached by Ooma Telo, asking if we would like to try their service. After reading how inexpensive it would be, I was sold and couldn’t wait for my review unit to arrive!

Ooma Telo: What is It?

Looking to cut down on your phone bill? If so, we think you will love the Ooma Telo, a revolutionary device that allows you to get free calling in your home as long as you have high speed internet. With superior voice quality, free US calling, and all the features you are used to from your current provider, you can enjoy having a phone without the high price tag. After the cost of the Ooma Telo, all you have to pay for is taxes in your area! You can even opt to keep your current number, giving you the ability to enjoy free nation-wide calling in your home – no long-distance or cellphone minutes to worry about!

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Ooma Telo: Overall

The device for this VOIP (voice over IP) phone service is very easy to set up and much more convenient than I thought. As long as you follow the simple instructions you will have your phone set up within minutes. We paid the $45 fee so that we could keep the same phone line that we have had since we first moved into the area seven years ago. As well, you get all the conveniences you have with your old carrier, including voice mail and caller ID. Probably the best part, however, is how beautiful the unit’s calling sounds. It is nothing like the VOIP services of the past – giving you a clear enough call that no one would know you are talking to them through the internet. It is important to remember though that the service isn’t 100% free – you still have to pay taxes and fees charged by the government. In our area, it’s a bit under $4 a month. If you decide to go with the premium service (at an additional monthly charge), you can also enjoy call blocking, forwarding, free calls to Canada, and the ability to have a second line without a huge cost. From what I have seen the Ooma Telo really is amazing. Based on our own experience with the unit, we are happy to give the Ooma Telo VOIP service and device an A rating!

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Ooma Telo: Where to Purchase

Would you like to enjoy nearly free calling in your own home? You can purchase the Ooma Telo for $149.99 and then just pay taxes and fees for your area each month. You can currently puchase it on the Ooma Telo product page on Amazon or on the Ooma Telo website, both of which give you a $30 rebate after the purchase.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. beverly paquin July 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    i hear a lot about Voip. i wonder does it really work.

  2. lisa July 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I only have a land line. Wouldn’t even know how to use a smart phone (or whatever they’re called) Anyways, the phone bill is outrageous! Most of it is tax and fees for stuff that we don’t use. I’ll think about this!

  3. Karlos July 27, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    It runs on VoIP, and i guess it’s about time people finally give into it. VoIP lets you call for free, provided you have a decent connection (really common these days, everyone’s got around 10mbps)

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