For what reasons? either being paid by others in this business, like MJ or they have nothing better to do!
From now on I am going to ignore any posting which has a negative/doubtful tone... specially from those who are not real current customers of ooma... and one can tell from the idiotic questions they ask or stupid comments they make!
I even deleted some postings when I realized the kind of morons I was dealing with!
I totally understand your issue with the higher up front cost with the equipment. We are willing to pay that in the hope that in the long run it will save us money. That is the Ooma business model right now. I believe they have the intention to keep it like that as long as possible. But in the future, if it needs to be changed in order to survive, I have no problem with that. I do think Ooma is a honest company. At the time when they change their business model. Just like with other services, I will readdress the situation and decide if I want to stay or switch.
You should consider the $200 equipment cost just like that. It is the price for the hardware. There are other VOIP companies with different models. Some charge you $40-100 for the equipment with a monthly fee of $15 or more and some give you the equipment and charge you $25 - $40 a month. They all do not guarantee that they will keep their price for any period of time. What keeps the price in check is competition. Which one you pick is totally up to you. Nobody has a crystal ball that shows what the future is going to be. Ooma just a use a different business model. It is not that different than any other companies.
If you feel that strongly that at some point Ooma will keep raising the charges and fees for new telo customers while the hub/scout users pay nothing, you should buy a hub/scout today and get in when you still can. In this case, you will be all set for the life time of the equipment.
100 - 200 bucks a year for fees while core users pay nothing? This is a straw dog argument and yet another troll. Of course moderators won't comment on ridiculous suppositions, I won't waste my time anymore on this thread either.robl45 wrote:I think my main issue and the part people are ignoring, overlooking or whatever is that OOMA needs to survive. As I see it right now, they will probably be out of business in 1 year. Simply no way to keep going and giving things away for free. Now as I've stated before, OOMA core pays no fees each year. So Telo pays 12 dollars a year, thats no big deal, but what happens when they say its 100 bucks a year or 200 bucks a year? Now you've paid hardware, and you are paying 10 or 20 bucks a month. Would you want to pay 100 bucks a year when the core users pay nothing? Ooma is setting a bad precedent here and I'm amazed that the moderators won't comment.
Telo users pay $0 in year 1 and $12 per year after that.
Core users pay $0 per year.
All you can really go on is what we know now, at this is it. Will that $12/year turn into $500/year? No one knows, but the premise is that it won't. Will it be $14/year in five years? Maybe, but no one knows.
What you really need to look at is to your current horizon. Will this be a worthwhile investment over the next year? the next two years? If yes, go for it. If no, then look elsewhere.
Personally, I am counting on two years of good service as a minimum to feel I got my money's worth. It will take about six months to pay for the upfront costs, and after that, I'm golden. To me, though, it is not worth the effort if I only get my money back. The point is to make a difference in my monthly bills, and I need the low prices long enough to feel the benefit. For me, that is two years.
I think it will pay off, so I bought a core system. I am still in "testing" mode, but so far it has passed all the tests. After a month of good service, I will port my number. Then I will drop the phone company like a hot potato!
Telo with 2 Handsets, a Linx, and a Safety Phone
Telo2 with 2 Handsets and a Linx