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, our winner.

Comment. Tell us what famous person you would call and why. Please, don’t make it Ricky Gervais, even though he is a dream-boat. Enter once and only once and we’ll pick a winner on Wednesday.

The press release follows, but you know what to do.

Ooma also announces Google Voice Extensions and Voicemail Transcriptions Now Available for Ooma Premier Subscribers

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 19, 2010 – Ooma, Inc. today announced the availability of Ooma PureVoice™ technology, designed to ensure excellent voice quality under the most demanding broadband conditions.

Ooma PureVoice technology is comprised of four key components:

Advanced voice compression
Ooma uses an advanced voice compression algorithm that reduces bandwidth consumption by 60% over standard VoIP technology and is more capable of withstanding packet loss without degradation. This leaves you with more bandwidth for all other online activities and increases the likelihood that your voice traffic will be delivered properly by your ISP.

Wire-speed QoS
Even though Ooma uses only a fraction of the bandwidth of standard VoIP technology, preserving voice quality requires that those packets arrive on time. The Ooma Telo prioritizes voice packets without slowing down the rest of your network. This way you can enjoy crystal clear calls even as you are uploading your latest video clips.

Adaptive redundancy
Packet loss is the enemy of VoIP – it can cause voice to sound stuttered or garbled. The Ooma Telo detects packet loss on your Internet connection and automatically sends redundant packets to boost the clarity of your phone call.

Encrypted calls
Ooma takes your privacy seriously. We use the same encryption technology to protect your conversations that governments use to protect classified data. This makes Ooma even more secure than the traditional landline.

For more information and to listen to the differences between Ooma with PureVoice Technology and other services, go to: www.ooma.com/purevoice.

“Ooma is dedicated to improving our customers’ home phone experience. With today’s announcement of PureVoice Technology and the added features of Google Voice Extensions and Voicemail Transcription for our Premier subscribers, we are excited to take the next step in making the home phone experience relevant and meaningful again” said Tami Bhaumik, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Ooma. “Ooma’s goal is to provide features that continue to improve the home calling experience, including integrating home and mobile calling features to save consumers time and money.”

Ooma has also announced the availability of new home smart phone features including Google Voice Extensions and Ooma Voicemail Transcriptions.

Google Voice Extensions
Ooma simplifies and enhances the Google Voice user experience, enabling consumers to take advantage of the complementary capabilities found in both offerings for a truly integrated and seamless phone experience. Google Voice users can integrate the Call Presentation, Listen In, and caller-ID features with their Ooma system as well as access Google Voice voicemail at a touch of a button. Now, consumers can enjoy one voicemail box for all their phone messages and present one caller-ID to all callers.

Ooma Voicemail Transcriptions
This service converts Ooma voicemail messages into text and delivers it to a mobile phone or email account associated with the Ooma profile. Benefits of Ooma Voice-to-Text:
• Read voicemail wherever there’s email access — on a mobile phone, portable device or computer
• Quickly see who called and what they called about
• No need to write down phone number or directions — it’s all there in your inbox
• Choose to respond to the voicemail through email by just forwarding your response to the caller

Ooma Voicemail-to-Text service is available to Ooma Premier subscribers only for $9.99 per month. This plan includes 40 messages; additional messages are $0.25 each.