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Old 01-27-2011, 11:41 AM
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Default OOMA Telo and local phone numbers.

I will be moving to TV in mid Feb and looking forward to joining the frog pond!

I have signed up for the high speed internet DSL service with CenturyLink and am thinking of getting the OOMA Telo that has been recommended in various posts here for the telephone service. I am not a member of Costco, but they have the best deal, and for only a few $$ more, anyone can get it online.

My question: I would like to get a local number, but would not know which exchanges in the 352 area code would be local for TV. I called Ooma, and they gave me a few of the exchanges that might work e.g. Ocala 547, Dade city 437 and 366. Would any of you who are using OOMA be able to tell me how you picked the exchange and is it a local to TV number. this will be of course more important for people calling in.


Old 02-22-2011, 10:11 PM
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Default OOMA Telo can provide you local numbers!

I can now answer my own question, as I am now in TV (Sunset Pointe)
- I installed Century Link DSL - the highest speed they have available. It is officially the "up to 10 MB" service and $40 price, and I am getting 8MB download and 0.8 MB upload. Installation went smoothly, and I did not need to call in for help.
Service has been fine up to now.
- I purchased an Ooma Telo from Costco. I am not a member but for 5% more, anyone can purchase their items online. Again all went smoothly, and it was delivered as scheduled. The Costco purchase does include a free Bluetooth adapter, which I felt would be useful if I wanted to use their premier service. Again, the installation was very easy and worked well and I was able to choose a local calling number 352-547-xxxx. The Ooma setup allows free LD within the US, and lots of other features, and would have been a good bargain. However, there is a slight 1-2 second delay and some people at the other end have found it seems to cut out parts of the conversation, so I regret that I will be returning it.
Interestingly, the Ooma Telo did not degrade the Internet download speed to any noticeable extent whether the phone was being used or not, but the upload speed did drop by more than half when the phone was being used.
Unfortunately this leaves me with the only other practical option, to go to Century Link for their phone, which looks like it will cost $30 + $15 + taxes for the unlimited US long distance which I will need. If the Ooma had been satisfactory for us, it would have paid for itself within 4-5 months.
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Welcome to Sunset Pointe. I live there on Hartsville Trail and have another home on Lakewood. I also have Ooma at both homes, but with comcast broadband. I have no problems with delay and it works fine for all calls. Maybe it's the DSL? Try it at different times, ie late at night or early AM and see if it's a problem do to large number of users.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:07 AM
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Default Don't Return your OOMA yet!!!!

I've had OOMA for a couple of years and there was some initial "tweaking" that had to be done. OOMA's support was better than average and they walked me through these nuances.

Incidentally, in addition to a local OOMA assigned number, you may also retain your other number (small admin charge) from another state or region of Florida. I did the latter and also added a second line. I am very pleased with OOMA; but I do use Comcast.

Old 02-23-2011, 06:52 AM
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I was with Century link for a year and found the phone with long distance and tax was over $60/mo. I switched to Vontage for half the price. Quality is the same and the number transfered and remained the same. I also went from DSL to Comcast for faster internet.
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