• Ooma acquires AI-powered video camera platform Butterfleye for its home security service

    Ooma acquires AI-powered video camera platform Butterfleye for its home security service

    Ooma, the company that’s probably still best known for its VoIP platform, today announced that it has acquired Butterfleye, an AI-powered video camera and security platform that produces a smart security camera for home and business use. Ooma plans to integrate Butterfleye’s camera into its Ooma Home security solution, but the company will also continue to sell the camera under… Read More

  • Ooma TC Smartphone at CES 2012

    Ooma CEO Eric Stang Shows Off The New HD2 VoIP Handset

    At CES 2012, there are quite a few products that would totally change the way you do things (or at least save you some money) that just don’t get enough coverage. We reported on Ooma’s new HD2 VoIP handset, but nothing beats getting the facts straight from the CEO of the company. Luckily, Eric Stang had a chance to meet with us and chat it up. Read More

  • The $60 Ooma HD2 Uses Facebook, Google And Yahoo For Picture Caller-ID

    The $60 Ooma HD2 Uses Facebook, Google And Yahoo For Picture Caller-ID

    Home phones are dumb phones defined. At best they feature a backlit four-line display. At worst they suck. Well, Ooma just introduced the HD2, which not only pairs pefectly with the company’s VoIP service but offers a bunch of functions standard to feature phones. A 2-inch color LCD features picture caller-ID with the images garnered from the owner’s Facebook, Google and Yahoo friends. Read More

  • Ooma Raises $17.3 Million For Its “Free” Home Calling Service

    Ooma Raises $17.3 Million For Its “Free” Home Calling Service

    VoIP free domestic calling service Ooma has raised another $17.3 million in funding from existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Founder’s Fund and others. This brings the company’s total funding to a sizeable $83.3 million. What’s compelling about Ooma is that company sort of flips the Vonage model on its axis — While Vonage charges a monthly service fee and gives… Read More

  • Ooma VOIP Service Is Down Nationwide

    Ooma VOIP Service Is Down Nationwide

    Reports are trickling into to our tipline that Ooma, a popular VOIP service, is currently experiencing major network issues. Currently, Ooma’s phone service seems offline nationwide, and their website and support forums are working sporadically if at all. Some users (mostly in California) are reporting that their service is returning, but right now, it would appear that a majority… Read More

  • Ooma Adds 911 Notifications To All Phones

    If you dial 911 one on a VoIP phone you might be in a bit of trouble – many systems don’t support the location services most 911 operators use to find out where you are when you’re in trouble. So what to do? Well, Ooma has added a feature that should assuage the worry slightly. They’ve added 911 notification services that contact up to three people via email or text. Read More

  • Ooma Unleashes "HD Telephone Calls" With PureVoice Technology

    Ooma, my secret weapon when it comes to reducing the price of overseas calls, has just announced PureVoice, an “HD” voice technology that offers a “superior home telephony experience.” Essentially the system uses redundancy and compression to transmit voice packets at higher quality than you’d find in normal telephone conversations although, presumably… Read More

  • Ooma Has New Cheap International Calling Plans

    Ooma is stepping up their offering in the international calling game. The VoIP service providers latest plans are about as competitive as can be. Watch out, Vonage, Ooma has your mom’s number. Read More

  • Celebrate Ooma Purevoice with a free Ooma Telo handset and 1 year of service

    Join me in welcoming Ooma Purevoice, Ooma’s new home phone sound standard that will make all of your calls sound like you’re talking on a phone made of pure gold and unicorn fur (your experience may vary). In celebration of the technology, Ooma is offering an Ooma Telo, a Telo handset, and a year of Ooma premier service. How do you win? UPDATE – Congratulations to Sunil… Read More

  • Ooma launches Telo Pure Voice VoIP system

    The best kept secret in VoIP with overseas relatives and friends is Ooma. For about $200 you can set your overseas loved ones up with some hot VoIP action, giving them a local telephone number they can use to call you and you can use to call them. If you travel then its great. That said, Ooma has just released the Telo system, an improvement to its current firmware that includes… Read More

  • Ooma Telo is here, let the free* calls begin

    Ooma might be onto something here. The VoIP provider is taking a different path with the Telo system: the phone calls are free. Like, you don’t ever have to pay for calling your Mom. You can either use your own phones or the Ooma high-end DECT 6.0 handset. Sounds nice, eh? Too bad there’s a huge admission price for the hardware. Read More

  • Ooma Gets $14 Million, Survival Looks Like A Real Possibility

    VoIP startup Ooma has raised another $14 million in venture capital, we’ve heard from multiple sources, increasing the total amount of capital the company has raised to $56 million. This most recent round of financing was led by existing investor Worldview Technology Partners and was a restructuring that wiped out earlier investors who chose not to participate in this round. The company… Read More

  • Ooma Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can’t Go Dead (Redux)

    Exactly one year ago today, a widespread outage hit Google’s GrandCentral (recently upgraded and relaunched as Google Voice). At the time, we wrote “If you want to be a phone company, and get your users to rely on you to manage all of your incoming calls, this simply cannot happen”. A year later those words ring true as a widespread outage has hit another VoIP provider… Read More

  • Ooma looking good in this economy

    Ooma – the $250 VoIP box that lets you make free calls in the US (and that lets you call the US for free from international locales, an undocumented perk to be sure) – is getting more and more popular thanks to the downturn. With a new Chief Marketing Officer, Rich Buchanan, and a new price the system is now selling like cakes that are hot. The boxes are now sold at 1,300 stores and… Read More

  • ooma officially brings out some new hardware, calls it Telo

    ooma has officially unveiled their new hardware at CES for the rest of the world to see and they’ve dubbed it Telo. It’s a cordless handset to go along with their VoIP service. Read More

  • One Year Later: Ooma

    Consumer VoIP startup Ooma launched nearly a year ago and offered consumers free phone service for life, all you had to do was buy the hardware for $399. Just one problem. The sticker shock of paying $399 up front for the hardware put a lot of users off. And there weren’t many places you could actually buy the Ooma. It went on sale on their website in August 2007. When a number of… Read More

  • Ooma not failing, is fine, don't worry

    Ooma, everyone’s favorite box that offers free phone calls and looks cool, isn’t failing, at least according to a tip by Pat Phelan of Cubic Telecom. Trying to get further info. The company, backed by Ashton Kutcher, looked like it was going under last week according to a post by Valleywag. I’ve tried the service and it works well enough. It basically offers seamless free… Read More

  • Founders Fund Closes $220 Million Second Fund

    San Francisco based Founders Fund launched in 2005 with a $50 million venture fund. They’ve had two liquidity events since then, and a handful of other very high profile investments (Facebook, Powerset, Ooma, Quantcast, Slide, Geni, Causes, etc.). Today they will announce a second fund, Founders Fund II. It’s much larger – $220 million. And unlike the first fund, the money… Read More

  • Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life

    In the past we’ve posted communications whenever someone has threatened to sue us. I think it’s entertaining, and it hopefully makes people think twice before firing up the legal machine with ridiculous claims. So when YouTube sent us a cease and desist letter, I posted it. And when that asshole Shannon Terry threatened to sue us out of existence, I posted that too. Now the… Read More

  • Ooma's First (Drug Induced?) Viral Video

    http://www.brightcove.tv/playerswf New consumer VOIP service Ooma officially launched yesterday and began selling units on their website. See additional coverage from Dean Takahashi and Adweek. They also released their first (drug induced?) viral video to promote the service, which I have embedded above. The video was conceptualized by Ashton Kutcher, the company’s creative director… Read More