secretagentbill wrote:I'm having trouble figuring just how I'd save money on my phone bill with this...
I have DSL. With DSL, unlimited full-featured phone service is $10 a month... Phone without Internet is $50. Internet without phone is $50, but combine them and the price is $60. There doesn't seem to be a way to drop phone service, keep Internet, and somehow save money. Grrr.
First off, are you really only paying $10 now, or are you paying $10 + about $3.50 in taxes? These include the 911 surcharge, usage charge, etc. Assuming that you're paying tax right now -- at the same rate that Ooma collects -- having Ooma will save you $10 per month. All you'll be paying is $50 for DSL (Internet without phone). Saving $10 per month means that the $125 initial purchase will break even in a year. Then it's all savings from that day forward.
If your DSL carrier is somehow exempt from collecting those taxes, then your savings per month is about $6.50. Then it'll take about 20 months to recoup the original $125 cost, and as before, you'll be saving $6.50 from that say forward.
Keep in mind that Ooma likely offers features that DSL phone service. For example, is voicemail included? It's extra with TIme Warner's phone service so it may the same with your DSL service. Can you download the voicemail? This is an important feature for me legally, plus I love to keep messages from loved ones. But of course, your DSL service may have features that cost extra on Ooma, i.e. call forwarding.
Several users have also remarked that Ooma is clearer than their previous landline or Vonage.