Ooma, a Palo Alto (News - Alert) based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) device manufacturer and provider of consumer telecommunications solutions, announced that it is offering VoIP service in Canada to compete with the likes of MagicJack Plus and Skype (News - Alert).
The service can be accessed via Telo, a black box that plugs into your home router and your and home phone. It then allows you to make VoIP phone calls free of charge to any phone in Canada. The service also includes advanced features like voicemail, caller ID and call waiting. The black box can be purchased for $230.
Ooma VoIP service gives Teleo buyers the option to choose a new home phone number from 28 Canadian area codes at no charge. Else, they can port their existing phone number for a one-time fee of $39.99. Features such as 911 service and calls outside of Canada are extra; however, calls made between Ooma devices are free.
Customers get the Premier Service for $10 a month. The service includes free calls from Canada to the United States, call screening, three-way conferencing, call forwarding, blacklisting, 911 notifications, distinctive ringtones and a multi-ring option so home and cell phones ring at once. The cost to port an existing home phone number is also included in this offering.
Users can purchase an optional Bluetooth adapter for $30, so they can avail the convenience of answering mobile phone calls on their home phone. The adaptor provides transmission range of up to 30 feet and supports up to seven Bluetooth devices, the company said.
Earlier in July, Ooma announced it has been recognized for outstanding innovation for its Ooma Telo advanced VoIP home phone system. The company won the “2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award” presented by global integrated media company, TMC, in recognition of the products ability to provide benefit and ROI for users.
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Edited by Juliana Kenny