High-quality lines of communication are essential for everything from catching up with friends and family to communicating with management and colleagues while at work. VoIP devices are a cost-effective solution that takes your traditional phone service online. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol” and uses your existing Internet connection for phone calls. Depending on your VoIP phone and service, you can also keep traditional functionality, such as voicemail and call forwarding.
VoIP products are an ideal solution for small, medium, and large size businesses. Popular phones from Polycom and Cisco are made to integrate into your existing network infrastructure seamlessly. In today’s world, however, not everyone works in a traditional office. As more and more people work from home, at-home VoIP solutions can give you professional-quality communication at a minimal cost. Brands like Ooma lead the way with the Telo 2 and Telo Air 2 VoIP phone systems. They use your existing telephone for VoIP calls. For those without a phone, Ooma offers the HD3 Handset, which features a 2" color screen and support for Ooma HD Voice and DECT 6.0.
HD Quality with Telo
The Ooma Telo 2 and Telo Air 2 offer multiple technologies to make sure your online calls are clear. Ooma’s HD Voice doubles the fidelity of calls to capture more speech information. Adaptive Redundancy works to detect packet loss and send redundant packets when needed. These algorithms do this before lost packets can degrade calls, so clarity is maintained for your entire conversation.
Then there’s advanced voice compression and Quality of Service (QoS) support. Voice compression reduces the needed bandwidth for calls, while QoS prioritizes those calls. If packet loss is detected, redundant packets are sent to make sure important calls are crystal clear.
Telo Air 2 adds support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. With Wi-Fi, you can bypass the wired Ethernet connection to your Internet service and enjoy more freedom in placing the device in your home. Bluetooth technology lets you pair your mobile phone with the Telo Air 2, giving you the option of answering mobile calls with your telephone handset. For even more freedom, you can use the Ooma Telo app for iOS and Android to make calls through the Telo Air 2 with your smartphone.
Free and Premier Services
Each Telo supports free residential VoIP calling to anyone in the U.S. All you must pay are applicable taxes and fees. International calls start at 1.4 cents/minute. However, if you make an Ooma-to-Ooma call, it’s free anywhere in the world. Outside of that, you can select one of two service tiers based on your specific needs.
The free tier gives you some essential features, such as answering machine functionality and access to the MyOoma Online Portal. Play back messages with the option of forwarding, reversing, or deleting them. You can hear your messages on the portal, check your call logs, and more. 911 calls are also supported, with Ooma forwarding your registered service address to 911 dispatchers during emergencies. Additional features are included, in addition to a 60-day trial for Ooma Premiere.
Ooma Premier goes much further in trying to replicate that office feel. You can forward calls automatically to another number if your Internet goes down. You can monitor incoming voicemail before picking up. Block unwanted calls with a custom call-blocking profile. Do not disturb, three-way conferencing, call forwarding, voicemail-to-email forwarding, and many other features make this service an ideal choice for those who heavily rely on phone communication while working from home.
VoIP takes old school phone communication into the digital world, and it’s not just for businesses anymore. Whether you work from home or not, devices like the Ooma Telo 2 and Telo Air 2 can help you save money and stay connected. If you’re looking to upgrade your call quality, Ooma and a host of other VoIP solutions are available today at B&H.