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5 Reasons Why Ooma is the Best VoIP Home Phone

By Dennis Peng|Wednesday June 19, 2019

Ooma offers outstanding VoIP home phone services. Our customers regularly tell us how much value they get from their Ooma phone and how much they appreciate its advanced features and reliable service.

With so many different VoIP home phone services to choose from, we understand that deciding isn’t easy. That’s why we wanted to round up the ways that Ooma’s VoIP phone service excels.

When comparing Ooma to other telephone options, be it cellular, landline, or other VoIP services, you’ll find that these five telephone features make Ooma stand out.

High Quality Audio

Ooma is widely recognized for the high quality of its telephone audio. How do we stand above the rest? It’s a combination of our PureVoice Technology and HD Voice technologies.

Ooma provides high call quality.

PureVoice Technology is Ooma’s multifaceted approach to providing phone service with extremely high call quality. We use advanced voice compression to reduce a phone calls bandwidth consumption by 60%. We use adaptive redundancy to intelligently detect audio information that was lost in transit, and fill in the blanks so that your call will not lose clarity.

Plus our wire-speed quality of service (QoS) feature works with your specific Internet connection to make sure that your phone calls are prioritized within your bandwidth without slowing down your network.

While HD Voice does require the use of an HD-capable phone, this feature is the ultimate in high quality audio. In fact, Ooma’s audio transmission technology is so advanced that it captures twice the acoustic information as a traditional phone.

When CNET editors compared the Ooma Telo to other VoIP providers, they said: “Ooma one-ups cable company internet phone plans with better call quality.”

911 Service

When choosing phone service, it’s easy to overlook 911 service as a deciding factor. But in an emergency, time is critical. Although Ooma can’t get the ambulance to your house any faster, we can help you streamline how you communicate with emergency services.

After logging your physical address in our system, your 911 calls will be routed to your local dispatcher instead of the national call center other services use. Additionally, your address will be automatically transmitted to emergency services, saving time when you need it and communicating your address even if you’re unable to speak.

Plus, our integrated 911 Alerts system can be set up to automatically send you a text message if a 911 call is placed. An emergency is not the time when you want to be out of the loop of what’s happening, and 911 alerts can help.

Concerned about an elderly relative? Ooma’s 911 service also works with Alexa so that you can place hands-free 911 calls. To get help, all you need to do is speak: “I need help, Alexa call 911.”

Ultimate Low Cost Phone Service — Free!

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Does “free” sound like an affordable price?

After purchasing the Ooma Telo device, you can make free calls within the U.S. under our Basic Service plan. There’s no charge for phone calls, and you’ll just pay the taxes and fees that we are required to charge. With free phone calls, Ooma’s Basic Service really is the ultimate low cost option.

And it’s not the bare-bones phone service that you might imagine. Basic customers have Ooma’s high quality audio with PureVoice Technology, there’s remote voicemail access, and it even works with Amazon Echo.

Plus, Basic Customers can access Ooma’s affordable international dialing plans that cost just pennies per minute.

Plus, Basic Customers can use Ooma’s free calling app to make unlimited calls.

On top of that, customers can access Ooma’s affordable international dialing plans that cost just pennies per minute. Use the service when you’re home in the U.S., or take your international phone service with you when you’re travelling abroad. By using the free calling app when you’re overseas, your calls will still use your Ooma phone number, making it look as though it’s coming from your home in the U.S. Just connect to WiFi to avoid international data charges from the call’s internet traffic.

Affordable VoIP Phone Service With Added Features

For customers who want more out of their VoIP home phone, consider what Ooma Premier Service offers.

With a full set of advanced calling features, Premier customers get expanded call blocking to reduce spam calls, Instant Second Line to make and receive a second call while your phone is in use, voicemail-to-email audio forwarding, three way conferencing, and much, much more.

Premier customers can access these additional features for the low rate of $9.99 per month. Now that’s affordable indeed!

Take Your Home Phone With You

Ooma’s residential VoIP service is like a hybrid between your landline and your mobile phone. Not only do you have the features of a landline, but you can access your Ooma phone service with Ooma’s free calling app. This means that you can use your cellphone to access Ooma’s unlimited minutes instead of paying your cellular provider for mobile minutes.

Premier customers can use the Ooma mobile app to make and receive calls anywhere in the U.S. at no extra charge. Basic customers still have access to the mobile app, but their mobile functionality is limited to incoming calls.

Learn more more about how you can use the Ooma Telo for your VoIP home phone.

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Choosing small business accounting software isn’t as much fun as making sales. Yet it is vital if you want to stay organized, minimize your taxes, and pay your bills accurately. When you use accounting software, you will be able to complete your payroll taxes much more quickly. You will also suffer far fewer cash flow surprises. Now, what critical features should you look for?

What should you look for in bookkeeping software?

Accounting tools can drown you in features, reports and data if you’re not careful. You don’t need a Fortune 500 style accounting system. Instead, look for a tool that helps you to manage and report on the following critical business activities.
  • Balance sheets. The ability to create these reports (e.g. assets and liabilities) is essential when you deal with banks, manage debt, and if you plan to sell your business someday. For example, it should be easy to report on current liabilities vs. long-term liabilities. This will tell you when and how to use your credit cards, cash and other resources for the best effect.
  • Cash flow management. The best accounting tools can automatically generate cash flow reports. These reports help you to decide how much of a cash reserve to hold and when you can afford new investments. Sometimes, cash is not enough, so plan by learning how to manage business credit now. The free perks you get with business credit cards (e.g. cashback on your card) are well worth the effort.
  • Creating invoices and sending invoices. You need to get paid! Many small business accounting tools let you send invoices directly from the package. Ideally, look for a solution that enables you to accept credit cards for payment as well.
  • Expense management. You can make millions in revenue, but what about profits? To obtain a clear picture of profitability, you need expense management functions. It is helpful to review reports on fixed costs (e.g. rent), variable costs (e.g. hourly employees), and other types of expenses. Using Ooma’s small business phone system makes expense management more manageable because you have a straightforward bill to manage each month.
  • Free trial. You are going to use your accounting tool on a weekly and monthly basis for years into the future. It is crucial that you like it and find it easy to use. Therefore, look for an accounting tool that gives you a free trial. If the company doesn’t advertise a free trial, contact the vendor and request a free trial.
  • Inventory management. Strictly speaking, this capability is only important if your business sells goods. For example, if you run a retail store, then you need to keep track of your inventory, cost and profits on each item sold.
  • Payroll taxes. Managing payroll taxes can get complicated because you need to consider requirements from federal and state governments. If you have multiple locations in different jurisdictions, payroll taxes may become more complex.
  • Sales tax management. Track and record sales tax on each sale so that you pay only the correct amounts.
  • Time tracking. If you offer services, time tracking is essential. For example, you might have a junior staff member with a $50 per hour billable rate and a $70,000 per year salary. To measure performance, you need a time-tracking capability. If you have a large team, you do not want to be the bottleneck for entering data into the system. Check to see if the accounting tool makes it easy for multiple people to complete their time tracking activities each month.
Tip: Meeting tax requirements requires specialized expertise. Therefore, consult your accountant to see if they have suggestions on critical features or accounting tools. They will also need the ability to download reports.

Business accounting tools for small business owners: Four starting options

To grow your business, you need to track your money. For example, can you afford to pay yourself a bonus or dividend this quarter? Reviewing your bank accounts only tells you your cash balance. Reviewing accounting reports will help you forecast expenses and make better-informed decisions. Here are four accounting tools you can consider to get started. In our research, we selected these four accounting tools because they have received a large number of positive reviews on Capterra, a business software website. FreshBooks (offers a free trial) Capterra reviews: 3200+ reviews, 4.5 stars out of 5 Built for small business owners, FreshBooks supports several important accounting features. You can create and send invoices directly through the system and accept credit card payments. FreshBooks also supports time tracking. The package also includes the option to explore reports to Excel for additional analysis. QuickBooks online (offers a free trial) Capterra reviews: 16000+ reviews, 4.5 stars out of 5 QuickBooks Online provides several different options depending on your needs. With the Simple Start plan, you are limited to one user, and you can perform basic tasks like managing receipts. With the higher-priced plans, you get additional features like adding other users (e.g. yourself, your bookkeeper, and accountant). Note that many small business accountants and bookkeepers are trained in QuickBooks. Sage 50cloud (free trial available) Capterra reviews: 200+ reviews, 3.7 stars out of 5 Do you rely on Microsoft Office? If so, take a close look at Sage 50cloud. This accounting tool includes integration with Outlook and Office applications. That’s valuable because you can look up a customer’s accounting status at a glance. In addition, Sage provides expense management features so you can track your expenses and forecast cash flow accurately. Once you have it set up, make sure you use the “1-click reports” to get a current picture of your sales, taxes and profitability. Zoho Books (free trial available) Capterra reviews: 400+ reviews, 4.4 stars out of 5 In contrast to Sage, Zoho Books is designed to integrate with more than 40 Zoho business apps. If you already use Zoho products like CRM Plus, Mail and Docs, Zoho Books is worth a close look. In terms of accounting features, you get time tracking, inventory management, and standard reports (e.g. cash flow and balance sheet). Zoho Books is also appealing because they offer several pricing tiers so you can get started with a small budget. Small business accounting software: make the most of your free trial Most accounting tools for small businesses offer features like cash flow and balance sheet reports. You will also find the ability to create and send invoices are widely available. So how do you choose which product is right for you? Start by asking for a recommendation from your accountant or bookkeeper. Second, check for technical compatibility (e.g. does the tool integrate with your credit cards, bank accounts and office software)? Based on these first two questions, you will probably narrow down the list to two or three options. The final step in choosing bookkeeping software is to get your hands dirty! Sign up for at least two free trial accounts. During those free trials, put some data in and see how the system performs. Do you like the built-in expense management features? Are you getting helpful insights to grow your business? Based on these assessments, choose the bookkeeping software that is easiest to use.