I just ran across an article on USAtoday.com about a new (free) phone service. Well, its free with an asterisk.
It seems like the system is $400 (will be $600 in 08) and then you don’t have to pay a monthly bill. That is unless you decide to keep your land line for emergencies, like your internet going out.
Though there is no way I will be buying one of these now, it does look like a cool concept. I guess I feel about the same as I do with the iPhone – wayyyy too much money for what I need/want/am able to do with it. Maybe this makes me a non-early adopter or maybe it just means I don’t have a lot of money to throw around. Though I think I’d rather have this than the iPhone.
This pretty much sums it up (from the USA Today article):
Price: $399 for Ooma Hub ($599 starting next year), $39.95 for companion Ooma Scout devices.
Score: 3 stars (out of four)
Pro: No more monthly phone bills. Pretty simple setup and fine voice quality. Well-designed hardware. “Virtual” second line and answering machine with call screening at no extra cost.
Con: Expensive upfront cost. Requires broadband, and you lose phone service if your Internet connection is disrupted, unless you continue to pay for a landline (most likely on low-cost plan).