Ooma is one of the most popular online telephone service providers and they’re now announcing a pair of handy accessories for their service: the HD2 hand Linx adaptor.
The Ooma phone service uses a straightforward VOIP setup with a number of interesting twists. First and foremost, users can use their own landline phone which cuts down on the initial cost. In addition, Ooma uses a specialized voice packet delivery system which boosts call quality beyond the limits of competitors without using additional bandwidth. Premium features normally associated with landline (and cell phone services) like caller ID and call waiting are offered free of charge.
The Hardware Canucks offices have been using Ooma Premium ($9.99 per month) for nearly two months now and the service thus far has been flawless. The addition of these two accessories should expand the appeal of Ooma’s platform.
The full press release with additional information is below.
Ooma HD2 Handset
The new cordless Ooma HD2 Handset adds smart phone features to the home phone via the Ooma cloud-enabled platform and taps the full range of features offered by Ooma’s home phone service. The HD2 Handset boasts a two-inch colour screen which allows users to see the picture of a caller in the user’s contact list when the phone rings. Pictures and contact information can be imported from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Outlook and Mac AddressBook.
The combination of the Ooma Telo and new Ooma HD2 Handset provides cutting-edge HD Voice call clarity by capturing twice the voice data to double the fidelity of standard phone calls, for richer, more natural-sounding conversations. The cordless handset offers superior security and range afforded by the latest DECT technology without interfering with home Wi-Fi networks or other home electronics. Up to four handsets can be used with each Ooma Telo.
One-touch voicemail access lets users check messages anywhere in the home and there’s an intercom to talk between handsets or transfer calls. The handset’s speakerphone and headset port keep hands free for multitasking during calls. Another useful feature is the ability to configure a handset so it can be used as a baby monitor.
The Ooma HD2 Handset is on target for Canadian retail availability beginning November 1, 2012 with an M.S.R.P of $59.99.
The new Ooma Linx wirelessly connects phones, fax machines or other telephony devices around the home to the Ooma Telo using the latest DECT technology. It also gives users the convenience to install their main phone anywhere in the home if the Ooma Telo is installed in a remote area of the home. For Ooma Premier subscribers, the Ooma Linx provides access to a second phone line without using the Ooma Telo HD2 Handset.
The Ooma Linx is on target for Canadian retail availability beginning November 1, 2012 with an M.S.R.P of $49.99.
“The Ooma HD2 Handset and Ooma Linx address two important needs expressed by our customers — the ability to blend the smart phone and home phone experience and the wireless freedom to connect telephony devices to the Ooma Telo,” said Dennis Peng, Vice President of Product Management at Ooma. “These new technologies are prime examples of our dedication to delivering the most complete and affordable home phone solution for our customers.”