Ooma adds smartphone features to the home phone
New Ooma HD2 Handset Is the First Home Phone to Automatically Download Facebook Profile Pictures and Online Contacts
LAS VEGAS, NV & PALO ALTO, CA - Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Ooma, Inc., the leading provider of HD-quality free home phone service, today announced at the 2012 International CES® in Las Vegas, Nevada, a new cordless handset with superior HD Voice call clarity and smartphone features made possible by the Ooma cloud-enabled platform. The new cordless Ooma HD2 Handset features a two-inch color screen and picture caller-ID with the ability to automatically display Facebook profile pictures and online contact lists from Facebook, Google and Yahoo. Picture caller-ID and contact lists provide the ability to see a picture of the caller as the phone rings, download and scroll through contacts, and easily manage contacts using the My Ooma web portal.
The combination of the Ooma Telo and new Ooma HD2 Handset provides cutting-edge HD Voice call clarity by capturing twice the voice data to double the fidelity of standard phone calls, for richer, more natural-sounding conversations. The cordless handset offers superior security and range afforded by the latest DECT technology without interfering with home Wi-Fi networks or other home electronics. Up to four handsets can be used with each Ooma Telo.
One-touch voicemail access lets users check messages anywhere in the home, and there’s an intercom to talk between handsets or transfer calls. The handset’s speakerphone and headset port keep hands free for multitasking during calls. Another useful feature is the ability to configure a handset so it can be used as a baby monitor.
“Because Ooma is an Internet-based platform, it allows us to add innovative and useful features more typically associated with a smartphone and blend the mobile and home phone experiences,” said Dennis Peng, Vice President of Product Management at Ooma. “A large color display with picture caller-ID and the ability to automatically sync online contacts is just the beginning for the HD2 handset. Ooma will make even more smartphone-like features available to our customers later this year through firmware updates, including customizable ringtones to help identify individuals or groups when calling.”
Ooma HD2 handset users who subscribe to Ooma Premier service (optional, $9.99/month) can enjoy even more advanced features such as an Instant Second Line™, Multi-Ring to simultaneously ring another phone, three-way conferencing, a second personal number anywhere in the U.S., call screening via the built-in speakerphone, and the ability to send calls directly to voicemail with the touch of a button.
The Ooma HD2 Handset will be available in March 2012 at http://www.ooma.com and select retailers with an M.S.R.P of $59.99.
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