Survey Finds 84% of Small Businesses Get Robocalls Every Day at an Average Cost of $9.46 Per Call

Sunnyvale, CA - Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Ooma, Inc., a smart communications platform for businesses and consumers, today announced results of a survey on how robocalls hurt the bottom line of small businesses. The survey of 500 business owners and managers in the United States, sponsored by Ooma, found that 84 percent get robocalls every day, with 54 percent receiving five or more per day, at an average cost of $9.46 per call*. Yet 76 percent say they feel obligated to answer every time the phone rings – unlike most consumers – because they don’t want to risk missing a customer call.

To appreciate how these costs mount up, consider a small business with multiple lines that receives 50 robocalls per day: The annual impact in lost productivity is $118,000.**

Despite this painful burden, the survey found that fewer than 16 percent of small businesses have tools in place today to block robocalls.

The scourge of robocalling, or automatically dialed junk calls, causes a wide range of problems for small business. The top concerns of survey participants:

  • 73 percent agree with the statement, “Robocalls waste time and reduce our team’s productivity because they must stop what they’re doing, answer the phone, and figure out if the call is legitimate.”
  • 44 percent agree that, “Robocalls distract from authentic calls from current or potential customers and partners.”
  • 20 percent agree that, “Fraudulent robocalls discredit the legitimate business-related robocalls (such as appointment reminders) we place to our customers.”

Indeed, a recent survey by Consumer Reports found that 70 percent of U.S. residents say they have “stopped answering my phone if I don’t recognize the number of if the caller’s number is anonymous.”

Robocalls reach into every corner of small businesses, with survey participants saying the hardest-hit departments are:

  • Front desk/reception – 58%
  • Customer service – 30%
  • Sales – 27%

But the situation is not hopeless. Small businesses can easily set up a firewall between themselves and robocalls with services such as Ooma Office.

Ooma Office ( is a cloud-based internet phone service designed to help small and mid-sized business owners reduce costs and run their businesses more efficiently. The service is just $19.95 monthly per user with no contracts required.

The most powerful feature of Ooma Office for managing robocalls ( is the Virtual Receptionist. This automated attendant will answer the phone with a custom greeting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, guiding legitimate callers to their destination with one push of a button.

For example, the virtual receptionist can say, “Welcome to Anytown Motors. Press 1 to talk to our sales team, press 2 to talk our service team, press 3 to talk to our finance team for easy terms on your next vehicle, or press 5 to talk with Jane Doe, the general manager.”

In effect, this stops robocalls cold, because robocallers aren’t capable of responding to the virtual attendant’s options and they almost never leave messages.

In addition, Ooma Office offers anonymous call rejection and number blocking, also known as blacklisting, to help push back on unwanted calls.

“Robocalls are an annoyance to everyone, but – as our survey shows – the cost is especially high for small businesses that rely on the phone to maintain relationships and bring in new customers,” said Ken Narita, director of business marketing at Ooma. “We’re working hard to make Ooma Office a powerful ally for small businesses in reclaiming the lost time wasted on robocalls.

About Ooma, Inc.

Ooma (NYSE: OOMA) creates powerful connected experiences for businesses, consumers and service providers, delivered through smart cloud-based communications platforms and services. For businesses of all sizes, Ooma offers advanced voice and collaboration features including messaging, intelligent virtual receptionists and video meetings. Ooma’s all-in-one replacement for analog phone lines helps businesses maintain mission-critical systems by moving connectivity to the cloud. For consumers, Ooma’s residential phone service provides PureVoice HD voice quality, advanced features and integration with mobile devices. Learn more at or in Canada.


Matthew S. Robison
Director of IR and Corporate Development
Ooma, Inc.
phone: (650) 300-1480

Mike Langberg
Director of Corporate Communications
Ooma, Inc.
phone: (650) 566-6693