Ooma, Inc., a provider of HD-quality free home phone service in the U.S., has announced that it is expanding into the Canadian market. Beginning today, Canadians can enjoy free crystal-clear calls to any phone number in Canada with the one-time purchase of the Ooma Telo™. The innovative Ooma Telo plugs into a high-speed Internet connection and existing home phone to provide free phone calls and bundled features including voicemail, caller ID, call waiting and 911 service. After the initial purchase, customers pay only applicable taxes and fees.
Based on an average Canadian phone bill of $40/month, the Ooma Telo pays for itself in just six months and customers will save more than $200 in the first year, more than $600 in just two years and nearly $2,000 in five years.
“We’ve received frequent requests to bring Ooma to Canada because of the high cost of phone service and we anticipate a healthy level of interest in eliminating expensive monthly phone bills. Free home phone service, outstanding voice quality and advanced features are an unbeatable combination,” said Eric Stang, Chief Executive Officer at Ooma. “Since Ooma began offering free home phone service in the U.S. with the Ooma Telo nearly three years ago, our subscriber base has grown quickly, doubling in the last year alone.”
The Ooma Telo is able to deliver superior call quality because of its PureVoice™ HD technology, a bundle of five technologies that help ensure a high level of clarity and more natural-sounding conversations including advanced voice compression and adaptive redundancy to overcome any signal degradation.
Customers who select the optional Ooma Premier service for $9.99 a month can enjoy advanced features like 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. Premier customers receive unlimited free calls from Canada to the United States.
Ooma customers have the option to choose a new home phone number for free (from 28 Canadian area codes) or to port their existing phone number for a one-time fee of $39.99. Annual subscribers to the Ooma Premier service can choose to port an existing home phone number at no additional charge. Ooma also offers an affordable international calling plan to 61 countries for about a penny per minute. Calls made between Ooma devices anywhere in the world are always free.
With the addition of the Ooma Telo Air wireless adapter ($49.99), the Ooma Telo can be placed anywhere in the home within range of a Wi-Fi network for more convenient access to their cordless phone base station, voicemail messages and other advanced features that Ooma offers. By adding an Ooma Bluetooth adapter ($29.99) to the Ooma Telo, customers gain the convenience of answering mobile phone calls on any home phone without worry of poor reception or dropped calls. It provides transmission range of up to 30 feet and supports up to seven Bluetooth devices.
Ooma customers can save even more money on their mobile calling plan by tapping into their Ooma account on the go and making phone calls over any Wi-Fi or 3G network with the Ooma Mobile HD app. The Ooma Mobile HD app is compatible with Android devices as well as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It costs $9.99 to download from app stores.
The Ooma Telo is currently available at Amazon.ca and London Drug at an M.S.R.P. of $229.99. Ooma Telo includes a one-year limited warranty, a 30-day money back guarantee and a free 60-day trial of Ooma Premier service including free calls to the U.S. from Canada. Live customer service is available by phone in both English and French.