(I asked support, but all I could get was repeated assertions that "Yes, it knows".)
Oh sorry, what landline provider do you have?
For AT&T, you can check what numbers are local by entering area code and exchange: http://localcalling.sbc.com/LCA/lca_input.jsp
I assume that Ooma has that information in routing databases that the hub checks when you make a call.
bw1 wrote:Yes, it knows.
Yeah, I know what's local and what's not, but I'm not assuming ooma knows.I assume that Ooma has that information in routing databases that the hub checks when you make a call.
Seems like that information should be available to them since it's available to us. But, I have no inside knowledge.
The main advantage is that the ooma-attached handsets ring when my landline rings. With completely separate lines, that was not so. (That seems ridiculous to me, but it looks like that was the design.) I also like the fact that my 911 and local calls go out over the landline (because, let's get serious here, landline quality is seldom worse than VOIP and often better).bw1 wrote:By the way, how do you like using Ooma integrated with your landline? What advantages/disadvantages do you observe with it setup that way?
OTOH, the disadvantage is that it seems like you have to trick someone into telling you the secret number assigned to the ooma. So, if you want to do CFB and get all the ooma benefits, well, you're stuck.
The way it works is through ratecenters...these are geographical areas throughout the country (roughly equivalent to the locations of your local telephone office) where a phone company's switching equipment is located. Each rate center has a number of local exchanges programmed into the switch which are true local calls - basically the call is connected through the local switch without going through any other switch or to another ratecenter... how does ooma know what is a local call and what is long distance? I live in one of the many areas where there are some numbers in my area code that are toll calls. Does ooma know about this or does it use some other technique to figure out what calls are LD?...
for all other calls - local toll calls, long distance calls - the call is routed to the appropriate ratecenter and switched to the subscriber, incurring a fee.
ooma uses CLECS in various rate centers to complete subscriber's calls.
This is also the explaination of why ooma does not have local numbers available in certain areas - the CLEC ooma uses does not have a switch in that particular ratecenter, and ooma cannot offer numbers there.
Of course number become available from time to time, so it is possible that ooma may get a precsence in a particular ratecenter in the future
It's not clear to me if you're just describing the general way that CLECs and ILECs work, or if you mean you know that ooma uses that info to distinguish free local calls from pay-per-minute local calls. I sorta, kinda maybe know a little bit about telco settlements and stuff, but there is not much info on ooma.com or available from the average ooma CS person about this.niknak wrote:The way it works is through ratecenters...
You'd think it would be easy, but I spent a good chunk of time today prowling around Verizon's web site trying to find local calling information for my home phone. (Yeah, I know I said earlier that I already know my local calling area, but that was poetic license. ) I came up dry, so I called Verizon, and after about 10 minutes on hold, the guy came back with a not very confident sounding answer for the specific nearby exchange that I asked about.
also verizons pages on line will tell you what exchanges are considered local to youm but I saw it a while ago and don't remember where on their site it is.
Ooma is not a telephone company they are a telephone service provider who use VOIP to connect calls.
The ILECs. RBOCs, CLECs own the buildings and the switches - ooma contracts with CLECs to provide coverage
Edit here is a link for verizon local call finder
http://www22.verizon.com/ResidentialHel ... /96087.htm