If he honestly thinks Magic Jack is better than Ooma, I don't understand it, because doesn't Majic Jack require installation on a computer, and then leaving that computer on 24/7? That requirement is exactly the sort of incovenient detail that Clark Howard is known for disclosing, and he always like to bring up the pros and cons of everything in a levelheaded way. This is why I'm starting to suspect he hasn't heard of ooma, which is astonishing to me, considering how knowledgable he's supposed to be about these things.
He may also, as you said, not be aware of Ooma. I know many who have never heard of it.
We are big Howard Dayton fans and Dh and I actually teach Crown Financial classes, so we are familiar, but he doesn't know everything.
Oh, so he does know then. I wonder why, of the few times I hear him talk about saving on phone bills on his show, he only talks about magic jack. I see on the video linked in your thread, he gives the proviso that ooma comes with the risk that the company might go under, and then you lose your service.lbmofo wrote:If same Clark Howard, he knows.
Can the same be said about Magic Jack, though? What if Magic Jack goes under? He also says in his video that a disadvantage of ooma is that you must have high speed internet in your house for it to work. Does Magic Jack also require that though? I assume it does.
I think when he was talking about "bust" at the end, he was actually talking about the device because he mentioned "for the life of your ooma" and pointed to the ooma device.
In any case, if you don't want to sound like Max Headroom, better to stick with Ooma.
I'm hoping that if the ooma device malfuctions, I'll be able to repair or replace it. Oh well, there aren't any moving parts, so I hope it lasts a long time, and it sounds like you're saying I may get better sound quality. (Other ooma users I know rave about their good sound quality.), and I particularly like not being forced to leave my computer on all the time. Admittedly the ooma core/hub I own is on 24/7 but at least that device is not being used for a myriad of uses like the computer is, with windows updates etc happening all the time, and other type so maintenace I do that makes me want to shut down the computer sometimes. It doesn't bother me that the ooma hub is left on all the time. (Plus the computer does have moving parts... the hard drive spins while it's turned on, so that's another possible reason for not wanting it to always be on.)
Ah! Brings back memories! I first heard of Ooma over 2 1/2 years ago while listening to the Clark Howard show. I got a hub and scout package and I was off and running saving a lot of money! Have moved to the Telo and still saving!lbmofo wrote:If same Clark Howard, he knows.
Ooma Equipment: 2 Telos + 2 HD2 Handsets
Ooma Service: Premier
Amped AC 1750 Router
TWC ->Router -> Telo1
TWC ->Router -> Telo2
a huge supporter of Ooma. I purchased my Telo about 15 months ago after Clark did
a segment on how great it was. Almost anyone who has listened to Clark with any
regularity for a fair length of time has heard positive reports on Ooma from Clark Howard.