I am another customer, not an Ooma employee, but I will try to help you. I have not seen an Ooma "pamphlet", so I do not know what one might say. (Where did you get one? Was it store advertising of some kind? Or do you mean the very short instruction guide in the box?)
From what I understand, the Ooma terms and conditions including taxes and fees are connected to the exact system that you bought. Not just the model, but the exact unit that is sold individually. The box will say on the outside in pretty big type that you have to pay monthly taxes and fees (most recent systems) OR $11.75 per year (older systems made in late 2009) OR (in the case of the original Ooma Core systems ONLY, not Telos) nothing at all. This is not "fine print" in a contract and you do not have to open or even unseal the box to find out.
In my case, I am saving so much money compared to my old landline that it is no contest. I looked up the current monthly taxes and fees, which come to about $3.50 per month, compared to over $30-$35 per month for my old home line. In comparison, the Ooma purchase price is paid off after ten months in the first year, and pays for itself in the first month of every year after that. (I assume that you are not on the Premier plan.)
I have read reviews for the MagicJack. Sound quality is reportedly so-so. You have to keep your computer running 24 hours a day. Not my choice. That said, if you are this unhappy with the taxes and fees, then you can always call the Ooma company for a return authorization and bring (or mail) the unit back to where you bought it. I would not, but this is your decision. Good luck.
What will the box say?
OOMA Telo 2 (Purchased Feb 2010.)
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This came up in a conversation recently with my brother-in-law. Is it still possible for new customers, like he, who have never had an ooma to buy the old hub system and get away with the $0.00 / month plan like I have, or is that gone now, and I'm one of the lucky ones to be grandfathered in for life (as long as my equipment keeps working).
If it's the latter, I hope my equipment never breaks down, or that will be supremely annoying. I'd get pretty depressed if that spells the end of the era of $zero phone bills.
The $0 RRF new Ooma Core units can be found on Amazon, eBay, and Radioshack.com. On sale on RadioShack.com for $199.99 but they seem to be out now (as of yesterday, they were still in-stock): viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9273&start=10#p66620
I do not know if you can still find these Telo systems. You will have to look at the individual boxes, because the terms and conditions are linked to the exact system (serial number? MAC address?). The annual $11.75 vs. monthly RRF fees are clearly shown on the outside of the box, but this detail is not advertised online. If you buy a used system at an auction, then you will likely have to pay a reactivation fee as well as risking a shorter system lifetime. (Not sure about warranty, either.) All I can say is good luck. Personally, I think that even with a monthly $3.50 fee, a new Telo is still a pretty good deal compared with my old landline rate of about $30-$35 per month.Trinimd wrote:Is there any place still selling the OOMA telo that only requires the 11 dollar a year?
What will the box say?
ooma plan you must buy ooma telo for $250 plus $3.47/month, T-mobile play pay $5/month using their equipment for free.
ooma cheats their customers, in compare tax and fee calculator, it asks you to enter a zip code, then it computes a monthly fee is $3.47/month regardless what zip code you try to enter, I tried invalid zip code like 11111, 99999, or 12345, it computes a same monthly fee $3.47. I am no longer an ooma fan.
T-Mobile's home phone service is no longer available to new customers.
Have you considered that maybe only a few zip codes have a different fee?
I'm sure that you didn't try all of the valid zip codes.
Telo with 2 Handsets, a Linx, and a Safety Phone
Telo2 with 2 Handsets and a Linx
Let's say your computer uses an average of 100W when turned on and running. That is 2.4KWHrs a day or about 25 cents per day in electricity. This would be around $90 a year.
I have no idea how much it costs to run the Telo modem 24 hours a day, but I bet it is significantly less than running your average desktop computer.
Does anyone know how much power a day the Telo modem uses? If not, I'll have to find my Kill-A-Watt meter and put it on for a day and find out.