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Old 09-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Straight Talk HOME Phone Service

Just stumbled across it, right here...

The long and short of it is this is a new device being released on September 21, 2012 operating on "one of America's best networks" (it's presumed by the small map displayed and a quick zip code search, this particular device makes use of the Verizon Wireless network to carry calls).

Seems what this is, is a cellular-powered "hub" for the home (where you can attach all your usual home phones), only costing the user $99 for the device, and a monthly bill of $15 (unlimited domestic calling) or $30 (unlimited international calling to many countries). Unlike Vonage and Ooma, this device does not require the use of high-speed internet, or a router.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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I saw this and am interested too because I pay $50 a month for local and long distance on my home phone through verizon. It says you can keep your phone number,which would be nice so I don't have to change it so many places.

I am strongly leaning towards giving it a try.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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If StraightTalk provided home internet service, I'd be all set
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It sounds good, but I have a great price for the same amount for my home phone already with unlimited use of long distance. I pay 65 for my internet and home phone. But if you get it would love to hear how it is working out.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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I already have Ooma so I won't be switching.

BUT, I have had Straight Talk for 6 weeks for my cell phone service and so far I am very happy with it.

Now if I could just go on a rant about Sprint.....
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I already have Ooma so I won't be switching.

BUT, I have had Straight Talk for 6 weeks for my cell phone service and so far I am very happy with it.

Now if I could just go on a rant about Sprint.....
How are you liking Ooma? How do you think it would compare to S.T. new home service? Looks interesting.
Thanks OP, food for thought.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:33 AM   #7
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I do like Ooma, BUT, I will give a little hint. Our Ooma hub died after 2 years. Ooma told me we were no longer under warranty and I would have to purchase a new one. I bought it from Costco, so I took it back and they exchanged it for me at no cost.

I wonder if Straight Talk will be more like Vonage????

Ooma does not have all services offered in their free service (free but does cost government taxes....for me that is $40 per year.) The one thing I wish I had is call forwarding. HOWEVER, now that I have ST for cell service and have unlimited calling, I find I give my cell number out all the time instead of my home phone number now.

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How are you liking Ooma? How do you think it would compare to S.T. new home service? Looks interesting.
Thanks OP, food for thought.
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Don't you love Costco!

Thank you Dawn, for all the info, it helps.
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I wonder if Straight Talk will be more like Vonage????
The short answer is "no", because Vonage is only powered by a home internet connection to make calls, whereas this new device from Straight Talk operates on Verizon Wireless' cellular network, which in many markets, offers the BEST coverage.
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I do like Ooma, BUT, I will give a little hint. Our Ooma hub died after 2 years. Ooma told me we were no longer under warranty and I would have to purchase a new one. I bought it from Costco, so I took it back and they exchanged it for me at no cost.



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I am surprised. Our Costco is terrible about returns. They were great in the beginning but if anything is over a year old they say forget it.
We just bought an OOMA from Costco and just hope it lasts.
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Straight Talk vs Ooma

I had Vonnage running off my Cox cable modem. The quality was always horrible so I ditched Vonnage and went back to ATT so I could 'hear a pin drop'. So, can I assume the Ooma call quality will be equally poor
using the same internet connection?

On the other hand, I get great reception from Verizon wireless here making Straight Talk a 'contender'.

Ooma costs $229 (including the wireless adapter) vs $99 hardware cost for ST. So figuring $15/month for ST and $4/mo for Ooma , ST starts costing more than Ooma.....cheaper but bad quality? You get what you pay for?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:12 AM   #12
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I like that it has GPS which enables emergency personnel to identfy your location and also has a battery backup in case of a power outage.
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