Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

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RealDave
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Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by RealDave » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:06 pm

I just got a telo and I'll be switching from Vonage. I'd like to grab a few of the handsets but $50 per?

I know I can get a free handset with $120 up front cost but I'll be porting a number as well, so that saves $10 but I'll still be spending $40. Then second handset is $50 and a third is another $50. Two handsets for $100 is more than many DECT 6 systems with 4 or 5 handsets with a voicemail base unit. I know the market for the handsets is limited and there is more functionality than the "dumb" standard DECT 6 handset, but still, $50 per?

I did a search and no one has brought this up so I may be way off base about this. I would love to have a telo with 3 or 4 handsets but an additional $150 to $200 is just too much.

Legitimate gripe or am I just too cheap?

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by Leeway » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:35 pm

Personally, I want more than the 4 handsets that can connect to Telo no matter what they cost.

So, I am planning to have a couple of Telo handsets in the most important places for me and I just purchased a set of new DECT phones which I will put where I don't need all of the functionality of the Telo handset just the convienience of having a phone nearby.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by WayneDsr » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:42 pm

I'll probably purchase 2 Telo handsets and have 3 dect 6 connected to the telo base. Yes, I can understand the price is a bit high, but since we don't have any to check out yet, we may feel differently after we actually have one in our hands.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by lohertz » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:30 pm

I can remember growing up we had one phone that hung on the wall. It was so cool because it was touch-tone. On our previous one, the dial stopped spinning and was stuck.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by WayneDsr » Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:40 pm

I remember growing up with a dial. Back then you didn't buy a phone, you leased it monthly. No caller id, no voicemail, no call waiting, mechanical bell.
When my dad died we were going over the bills and found out that my mom was still paying for one of those old dial phones that she still used.... for about 30 years plus! You think she payed more than $45 for it? Good ol' Bell Telephone.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by allo » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:08 pm

WayneDsr wrote:I remember growing up with a dial. Back then you didn't buy a phone, you leased it monthly. No caller id, no voicemail, no call waiting, mechanical bell.
When my dad died we were going over the bills and found out that my mom was still paying for one of those old dial phones that she still used.... for about 30 years plus! You think she payed more than $45 for it? Good ol' Bell Telephone.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by MikeekiM » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:58 pm

I think the $50 per handset is extremely cheap... With the scout running $69.99, I thought for certain the dect handsets would go for more than 50 bucks...

That said, of course everyone would love to see the headset be cheaper... like $29.99... But for what it is, I think $50 is a reasonable price point...
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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by RealDave » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:27 pm

WayneDsr wrote:I'll probably purchase 2 Telo handsets and have 3 dect 6 connected to the telo base.
Ironically, I'll be using my Vonage 3 phone DECT 6 system plugged into the ooma.

I still wish the phones were cheaper though.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by Wilsonium » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:37 pm

I hadn't realized Vonage had a DECT 6.0 system but after checking it out it seems it's probably a system manufactured by VTech or other manufacturer. I also checked out the prices for DECT 6.0 expansion handsets on bestbuy.com and found pricing from $20 to $80. I didn't compare features for the handsets but it looked like the more expensive ones had more features.

That said I think the Ooma Telo Handset fits nicely into that pricing range given the very tight integration with service features. Once this is all said and done with the beta testing I hope to have 4 handsets on my Telo. I could finally replace my stupid VTech and Uniden systems here at the house.

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Re: Anyone else think the $50 per handset price seems excessive?

Post by ram104 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:33 am

I couldn't agree more. Well said Wilsonium. :D

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