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    Ooma...

    Any Ooma users on these forums looking into using the Ooma app? If so, what are your plans for it? I.E. How does it fit into your arsenal and become useful?

    Regards,

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    The iPad makes for an absolutely terrible mobile phone. I may as well place calls from a
    DynaTAC. How many iPad users do not have a cell?

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    Fig I'm curious what technologies (voip/sip/etc) did you use on your iPad that brought you to that conclusion? I'd like to know more about your experiences as it sounds like they must have been extensive and profoundly bad. As such I'm interested in gleaning from your experienced wisdom.

    Do you feel that it's useless as a mobile for all users with no potential for redemption? Would there be any professional application which would lend using the iPad as a "telephone" useful?

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    John, the iPad is too big and ungainly to carry as a phone. It has to depend on a virtual keypad. The mic is unsuited to voice calls. The speaker is not well-located for voice calls.
    There is no standby function to receive calls. All entirely forgivable as it was never designed as a phone. Unlike the many dozens of devices that make phone a primary function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Any Ooma users on these forums looking into using the Ooma app? If so, what are your plans for it? I.E. How does it fit into your arsenal and become useful?

    Regards,

    Yep, I use ooma at my house. Its great!!!
    No phone bills, just buy the ooma device and thats it. All phones in my house then work like normal but go over the internet instead of landline.


    I'm waiting for the iphone/ipad app for a few reasons.
    #1 check voicemail messages
    #2 I always have my iPad with me where ever I go. If my cellphone ever dies I will have the ooma app as a backup.

    and for those who think using VOIP on an iphone/iPad is horrible, thats just not right. I have used VOIP many times with my iPhone and it has worked very well, even over 3G.

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    I have used Skype from my iPad and it was great as both my husband and I could talk at the same time to our daughter in the UK. She could hear us clearly and we could hear her clearly too.

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    Truly I believe voice technology has it's place with the Pad. I wrote up how to make/receive free VOIP calls, just because I can. Not because I have a great application for it... yet.

    My how-to is here: http://ipad-candy.com/ipad_phone_calling/

    I hope to see some one have the aha moment with the pad and develop a very functional/useful solution that incorporates voice. I'd like to see a dongled wireless (bluetooth) connection to the pad that passes voice and button press commands. This would allow the pad to be a switchboard of sorts for various settings for a SIP connection or control an asterisk implemenation and have it used from the handset.

    Like I said, I don't quite know how it will be valuable yet, but I'm resigned to keeping it as an option over writing it off.

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    I have had OOMA since the first day when I gambled $399 on an unknown company and product for free long distance and a second line. One of my finest gambles So when I heard about the mobile service, I signed up, and bought the app. I get the 250 minutes free as a "charter" OOMA subscriber, so my cost will probably be limited to that 9.99 of the app. I did try it - called my son on his cell phone, using just the built in mike and speakers and it worked fine. I don't plan on using it as my regular phone, but it could save me minutes in a pinch (I strictly use prepaid wireless) or be a backup. Guess I should invest in a headphone/mic - any suggestions for something small?

    I am happy it is available as an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figmo10 View Post
    The iPad makes for an absolutely terrible mobile phone. I may as well place calls from a
    DynaTAC. How many iPad users do not have a cell?
    I agree, but going to Germany I am hoping to be able to use Text Plus and Whistle to call and text my wife for free for the next 5 weeks.

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    Oh hell yes, free international calling would make me overlook just about every hardware shortcoming. But I still wouldn't want to be juggling an iPad call while boarding a train at the Bahnhoff or trying to squeeze my way into a crowded Straßenbahn.


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