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Ooma makes your old landline smarterIf you're looking to update your landline and save money, the Ooma Telo could be just the ticket.
[MUSIC] Despite what you've heard, landlines are not dead. Service providers still bundle digital versions of them in with TV and Internet. Ooma Telo offers a landline like service as well, by hooking into your router via ethernet, and providing voice-over IP service. This is a $99 device. but keep in mind that it doesn't have built in WiFi. You have to hardwire it, or else a $49 WiFi adapter is your best friend. You can either port your existing phone number over to Ooma or get a new number from the company. The basic service is free, but technically you'll be stuck paying around $4 in taxes a month. Basic services allow for nationwide calling, a call log, 911 emergency service And voicemail. The tele unit also acts as a physical answering machine, which is a nice bonus. Uma offers a premium service for $9.99 a month that brings your landline into the 21st century with some updated features. For starters, you can forward calls to an iOS or Android smart phone. Uma's application is simple and feels more reliable than some other voice over IP companion apps. Premium service also gives you voicemail and your email a do not disturb feature and the ability to screen calls. For most people the basic plan will work but if you want to pick up and make calls from a landline on your smart phone premium let's you do that for 9.99 a month. Umatello provides a lot of services and flexibility when it comes to voice over ip All starting with the initial investment of $99. [MUSIC]