Original Sipura SPA-3000 VOIP configuration:
* Incoming call on landline rings on phone
* Incoming call on VOIP line rings on phone
* Outgoing calls defaults on VOIP
* Outgoing calls prefixed with #9 goes through landline
Essentially, I would like to use Ooma the same way. I chose not to integrate my Ooma with landline mainly because I am on AT&T measured local rate ($18/month after all fees), and all calls outgoing on my landline costs up to $25 cents/min. I would not want Ooma to call out on the landline unless I initiate them and know about it.
Can Ooma be configured to do the above? Essentially, use my landline for 911 or forced landline calls (for 800 numbers to credit card companies which require calls from my landline number) and receive calls, while receiving and initiating calls on Ooma by default.
From my searches of this forum, this does not seem to be doable, though it should be technically possible.
Thanks in advance.
It would be nice to get rid of my landline completely. Some factors preventing this are:
* e911 reliability: As I understand it, a 3rd party handles calls, then calls the authorities.
* Cell phone 911 doesn't know your location immediately like landline
* Marginal cell reception
If I do keep the landline, would Ooma with landline integration do the proper line selections outlined in the original message? Also:
* Can Ooma be configured (via customer service call) to always use VOIP for outgoing
* Can Ooma take incoming landline calls and rings phone
I understand that Ooma no longer routes external (other users') calls through my landline, and adding services to my landline, which were my main concerns with landline integration. What other downsides of landline integration have I missed?
Here are some others' experiences:
A call to 911 on a cell phone may be different.
You can not configure how a call is placed with landline integration. All local and 911 calls will go out over your landline and all long distance calls will go through Ooma.
Also, you give up much of the included functionality like caller id and call waiting from Ooma.
If you want to keep a landline, you should do as Groundhound suggested and keep a separate phone connected to it.
Thank you all for your help.