You might be surprised that this is a USER forum, so I never got any money from you anyways. (Sorry, I just had to remind you who you were addressing - hopefully now that you know I'm not the enemy (read: ooma) you will take what I have to say with a little more credibility).Derik wrote:And no GVE for hub users. Thanks a lot guys.
In return, you won't be getting any money for premier from me.
I have been using Google Voice with ooma since July of last year. I use it as a front end, allowing my cell and ooma or landline to receive calls with just a single number. When I first heard about GV and got an invite, I was convinced that sliced bread had to move over as the greatest invention ever. As a hub owner, I also thought it would be good to have on my system. Then I added a Telo to my ooma family. Like many of the other frequent posters, I was able to beta test some neat features. We got GVE about a week before the rest of the ooma customers. And I instantly had them disable some of the neat "features" that were standard - like an autoanswer feature that made it so my cell phone had to answer on the first ring or the Telo would answer instead. To me, these "features" broke what I liked about GV.
I also found little value in the ability to press the fast forward key to listen to my GV messages since my Telo is in my network closet. Pressing #483 on my Telo handset to access GV voicemail seems a little more contrived than pressing a single speed dial button on my Uniden handset. And since my Telo actually displays my name (my hub never did in over a year) I really don't want my default caller ID to be my GV number. I can select it using **2, but I can use that same speed dial key and press 2 to make calls using GV and it sends my GV number too. With GVE I need to have a GV "virtual" number - which means I need to pay for another number or use my second Premier number for GV - and that number can only be used with GVE.
Bottom line, I really don't care if I have GVE or not. For me, using GV as a front end for my ooma system is as good as it gets - and as good as it needs to be. If you can find value in the things I've turned off, them maybe you have some reason to be displeased with ooma regarding GVE being an ooma Telo Premier feature only. For me, I just like the fact that I can use GV with or without Premier on my hub (now retired) or my Telo. For me, it is like getting upset because I can only get power windows with a black button when people who have the Deluxe edition get to have power windows with a black button that has a little blue logo that lights up. All I care about is that when I press the button the windows go up and down. GV without GVE is still a wonderful addition to your ooma system.
Note to moderators - I know this may be an unpopular opinion for ooma's marketing department- but for me it is the truth and that's why I'm on this forum.