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Five-deal Friday: Ooma, Beats, Gaffigan and more!

If you're ready to cut the landline cord, the Ooma Telo offers lots of... wait, Gaffigan?

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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What's better than one deal? Duh: five deals! I couldn't settle on just one today, and for reasons you'll understand shortly, many of these items felt more like bonus deals -- hence another fabulous five-deal Friday!

1. Uma? No, Ooma!

It's the rare product that gets universal praise from Cheapskate readers, but the Ooma Telo is one of them. Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the refurbished Ooma Telo bundle for $80, plus $5 for shipping. Price for a new one: $150.

The box replaces your landline, allowing you to make unlimited local and long-distance calls for "free" (you'll pay a few bucks -- literally -- per month for taxes and fees). And with the $10 per month Premier option, you can enjoy all kinds of cool calling features (like the invaluable blacklist, which blocks telemarketers, robocallers and so on).

The bundle includes not only the Telo, but also a Bluetooth adapter that lets you use your mobile phone to make VoIP calls (while you're at home, natch). I'm a longtime Ooma user and bigtime fan.

2. Beat it, beat it...


I love a good pair of headphones, but no way would I ever pay a premium for the Beats brand. I would, however, pay a reasonable price, which I can for a very limited time: Daily Steals has the refurbished Beats Solo HD headphones for $79 shipped. Remaining color choices: red and black.

I say "remaining" because the sale started with white and purple as well, and those are already gone. So let me just note that these were $269 when they hit the market two years ago, and CNET liked them pretty well.

Editor's note, 8.45 a.m. PT: This deal sold out in a hurry. Sorry!

3. Belly up to the sound bar

Remember that sound bar deal from the other day? If you liked the idea but not the price, here's a less expensive alternative:

For a limited time, and while supplies last, TigerDirect has the refurbished Philips CSS2133B 2.1-channel sound bar for $69.99 shipped. It includes a subwoofer, which is awesome, though it's a wired one, which is slightly less awesome (but only slightly).

However, the system also features Bluetooth, so you can pair it with your phone or tablet. CNET hasn't reviewed the product, but it earned reasonably high ratings from over 600 Amazon customers -- many of whom probably paid around $150.

4. Jim-dandy!

Could you use a few laughs? How about an hour's worth? For a limited time, Google Play is offering Jim Gaffigan's latest concert album, "Obsessed," for $2.99. If you don't think this guy is hilarious, well, we're not friends anymore. (Oh, who am I kidding, I could never stay mad at you!)

5. Game time


Calling all Android users with itchy trigger fingers: for a limited time, and while supplies last, Tanga has the refurbished MOGA Mobile Gaming System for $6.99, plus $2.99 for shipping. It's basically a gamepad controller for your phone or tablet, one that supplies dual analog sticks and a bunch of buttons.

I've shared this item before, but it's never been this inexpensive. Not a bad little gaming accessory for folks who prefer tactile controls to cold, flat, screen-based ones.

OK: who's buying what?