The ideal of having ooma provision my landline never did seem too appealing to me, but then again, my needs and situation may be different than some. If I did not have a landline, I would order premier for the second number and direct it to a scout so I could still use my cordless phones as I now have them.
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Friends don't remember what Landline Integration was or why we did it.
If someone calls my old landline, that one phone rings, not ooma.
My ooma system runs all by itself. I have one ooma number. It has caller id, call waiting and voicemail. Most people I know have my ooma number, not the old landline number.
If you need another phone jack in your house just put a splitter on the one phone jack you have.
This is my setup, no landline phone, see the reference WayneDsr provided...Now if you have an ooma number only, with no provisioned landline, call waiting, caller ID and voicemail are all bundled features...
I am still new to Ooma, but my understanding is that when you keep your landline and feed it Ooma, then the following occurs:brent2001 wrote:That's not all that clear in there. So if I do retain call waiting from my phone carrier, will it work 100 percent of the time?
- 911 calls are always routed via the landline
- Outgoing long distance calls are routed via Ooma (so they are free)
- Outgoing local calls are routed via landline (I think)
- Incoming calls can come be accepted on either landline number or Ooma number
When incoming calls come in on the landline number, you only get caller ID if you also subscribe to caller ID on the landline. (Otherwise Ooma has no way of knowing who is calling.) Furthermore, since you are actually talking on the landline, a second call to the landline number would require either:
- Call waiting (and thereby act like a regular POTS phone)
- Call forwarding busy, forwarded to your Ooma number
But I'm new and don't have mine hooked via my landline now, so I could be wrong.
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Another option is to forward all your calls to ooma (not just when busy). This has the added advantage of you getting Caller-ID (since ooma now sees the incoming call) without paying your phone company for it. The downside of this is that if your Internet connection drops out, then you won't be able to receive calls.
I have been wondering about this very thing. I had a separate ooma number, but when I linked ooma to my landline, that other number went away. How can I find out what number I need to use for CFB?Dennis P wrote:If you choose to stick with the Core service tier, call-waiting will work as long as Call Forward on Busy (CFB) is provisioned on your phone line. I will e-mail you offline the phone number that you need to have your calls forwarded to.
The response from Dennis P. was referring to the call waiting feature which is part of the ooma core offering....I had a separate ooma number, but when I linked ooma to my landline, that other number went away. How can I find out what number I need to use for CFB?
Call forward on busy is a premier feature, there is no other number after the port
Well, that's what I was hoping, but instead of that they gave me a blank lookWayneDsr wrote:If you want to add call forwarding on busy to your landline you have to call ooma Customer Service and they will give you a number (special ooma number) for you to foward to.
I tried to explain what I wanted to do several different ways, and the only thing the guy seemed to understand was (1) decouple my landline from my ooma, or (2) port my landline number to my ooma. Of course, both of these are understood and not what I want.
Do you think I just got the wrong guy at Customer Service?