Ooma with a landline means all incoming calls and all local calls use your landline and all longdistance calls go out via ooma.
If you chose ooma WITHOUT a landline ooma would be used for all calls.
I want to continue receiving calls on our landline number, so I guess I just have to wait until I decide to port our number. It makes it hard to test the Ooma service to be confident in it when you don't even know if you're making calls over the service.
If you call tech support at 1 888 712-6662 they can change the ooma hub to work without the landline virtually while you are still online. Then, until you port, you will have a temporary number on the ooma and will need to connect a phone to your existing landline so you can still answer it. You will be able to test the ooma with the temporary number, and if you have Premier will even be able to keep that number after porting as a second number.
VoIP hardware: 2 Telo w/3 handsets & Linx / ooma core
Total Lines: 8 / Numbers: 11 / Handsets: 20
Lifetime Premier Member
Friends don't remember what Landline Integration was or why we did it.
I have the trial for the Premier service (and seriously think I'll pay for it afterwards) so I already have the second line and number. When I'm at work I call my wife on the second number, but that's the only time I know for sure we're getting the Ooma service.
So far I really like it all. As with most of us, I just hope there's enough steam in the Ooma engine to keep it ticking for a long time.
What happens if the landline is busy, i.e., already in use on another call? For incoming calls, the recommendation is for CFB so the call gets forwarded to the Ooma number and you can still take it (using another phone) or forward to voicemail if you don't answer.WayneDsr wrote:If you chose to register ooma WITH a landline (provisioning I think they call it), then it will not work with your landline disconnected. Ooma with a landline means all incoming calls and all local calls use your landline and all longdistance calls go out via ooma.
But what about outgoing? If the landline is busy, can you place a local call via Ooma?
When you provision Ooma with a landline, can customer service set the outgoing caller ID to be the landlline number even for calls placed via Ooma? While arguably "spoofing", I think it would be a legitimate request. Like businesses who have all outgoing lines report the main switchboard BTN instead of a WTN for purposes of caller ID.