I have the Ooma Hub and will probably never upgrade to the Telo because the Hub works with the Scouts. We have a larger house and having the Scouts is a necessity. For those who aren't familiar with the Ooma systems, Scouts are extenders that allow you to connect more phones to your Ooma Hub. The Hub is the original Ooma system and the Telo is like the 2nd generation. The Telo doesn't work with Scouts, so you can only have a few phones connected to Ooma. With the Hub, you can have many more (I'm not sure about the limits) phones on Ooma. I have about 10 phones in my house all connected to Ooma through the Hub and multiple Scouts.
Sarisin wrote:I was fortunate to get in early buying an OOMA Hub (never used the Scout) about three years ago. I don't have to pay the taxes. Also, they had a promotion where you could buy the Premiere Service lifetime for about $100. So mine is free and it has worked great for me.
Two concerns though:
1. I have no landline and am using a Verizon dry loop line. They tell me I can only get their slowest DSL service. FIOS not available in my condo, so I miss a faster internet connection with the dry loop.
2. I have been told the OOMA might not work with 911 services. Thankfully, I have never had to test it out, but it would be nice to know it will work if you need it. Anyone every try 911 with an OOMA?
I don't know how slow the slowest DSL service is on Verizon and you never specified the speed that you're currently getting, but you can use my speeds as an example. I get about 5 MB/S downloading at home, which would be your incoming sound on Ooma. The call quality is excellent. I also have the Ooma app for iPhone. My iPhone gets 2 MB/S downloading. The sound quality on my iPhone using the Ooma app is alright. I can understand everything that's coming through. My upload speed at home is about 0.9 MB/S. At this speed, my voice seems to be coming through clearly on the other end. The same goes for my slower iPhone speed, which gets about 0.4 MB/S up. Therefore, I wouldn't freak out about the slow internet speed.
Ooma has added 911 support. You can configure 911 settings in your Ooma account. The downside to using 911 on Ooma versus a landline is that if your power goes out, there's no Ooma but the landline will stay active. Some people keep their landline and plug it into the Ooma box so that the box will resort to the landline if it ever looses power. At my house, we thankfully never had to call 911, but we would use the cell phones for 911 if we needed to in a power outage. Otherwise, 911 should work fine on Ooma.