[kwlug-disc] Ooma and leaving Bell

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 08:44:41 EDT 2014


The "2nd HD handset" I think is actually the HD2 Handset sold by Ooma (
http://ca.ooma.com/products/accessories/ooma-hd-handset).  Ultimately it's
not necessary as you can get away with standard off-the-shelf handsets, but
this Ooma handset seems to unlock several features that are of interest to
me.  At least that's how I'm reading the brochure...



On 16 April 2014 00:19, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Before going too far, check out Factory Direct. Have a 2 line, 8-handset +
> answering machine base from them, dect 6.0, some years ago. (Around the
> time we talked dect 6.0 here, Khalid. And WNDR3700, 5GHz, getting off
> 2.4GHz, OpenWRT,and so on.)
>
> Jeff - let us know, in your journey, if you have voice quality issues.
> Would be glad to know of any / comparisons between handsets you might have.
>
> What is the 2nd HD handset buying you here? 2nd registration?
>
> Just because you have multiple lines doesn't mean you need more than one
> handset. All lines can be associated with the same registration. (I assume,
> guess it depends upon the provider.)
>
> The thing to remember and distinguish between here is receiving vs making.
> For receiving, you can forward everything (like other providers, including
> free ones) to this one.
>
> Moreover, at least with an ATA, which in the end this probably is, a SIP
> hole in your router, and dynamic dns, the forwarding can be direct to your
> device, avoiding the provider and any costs. (Assuming VoIP to VoIP. You
> still need the provider to catch POTS originating calls, they're the
> bridge.)
>
> For making, the ability to have multiple registrations is useful. Some can
> work around the lack by dialling 9 for this provider/line, and 8 for a
> different provider / line, and so on. (Locally programmed.)
>
> But I'm only one guy, and can put only so many phones in a room, so
> everything coming in and going out on the same handset is useful.
>
> I do get, though, it could be convenient to know that this handset ringing
> is the business line (ignore after 5pm?), and the other is the house.
>
>
> On 14-04-15 10:10 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
>> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM, CrankyOldBugger
>> <crankyoldbugger at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>  Well I'm interested in the second line as I have a lot of people, well, a
>>> few people from Stratford who could call me locally when I lived in
>>> Waterloo, but after moving 3 miles north I'm now long distance.  So
>>> getting
>>> a Stratford number might encourage them to phone me once in a while...
>>>  :)
>>>
>>>
>> Yes, provided the Stratford numbers are available.
>>
>>
>>  Currently I have a set of Panasonic POTS wireless units where there's one
>>> base unit that plugs into the phone system (or in this case, the Ooma)
>>> and
>>> the other two units feed off of the one base from anywhere in the house
>>> wirelessly.
>>>
>>>
>> I had exactly that, then got the Linx for $50 off Amazon, and added a new
>> cordless set with its own answering machine. If the other line is busy,
>> you
>> can call from the second one.
>>
>>
>>  I plan to run that set along with an Ooma HD handset, perhaps.  So if I
>>> understand it correctly, I wouldn't need the Lynx just yet?  Or is that
>>> necessary for the second line?
>>>
>>>
>> The Ooma HD will be the same price as the Linx and will save you buying a
>> second cordless set (~$60). But the cordless set will have 2 handsets and
>> an answering machine. So, your call.
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 15 April 2014 18:19, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>  On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:57 PM, Jeff Smith <crankyoldbugger at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I'm very impressed with the online dashboard.  I never considered going
>>>>> to a website to get my voicemail messages; it's a nifty-neato feature.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Yes, the dashboard is impressive. They really did think about it well,
>>>> and implemented it well.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  I think I will order one of the dedicated Ooma handsets to go along
>>>>> with
>>>>> the POTS phones I have hooked up now.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Consider a Linx for $50, and add your own cordless phone. You will have
>>>> a
>>>> second line with multiple handsets.
>>>> --
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