CES 2011–Ooma adds mobile HD voice client for Android, iPhone

Las Vegas – Ooma (www.ooma.com) is now offering a mobile HD voice soft client to its Android and iPhone/iPad/iPod customers.

The Ooma Mobile HD app leverages a while-label version of the MailVision (AudioCodes) software client to use the Ooma service to make domestic and international calls from Android or Apple iOS devices over any WiFi or 3G network.  HD voice capability is supported through the G.722 codec, a staple of the AudioCodes HD VoIP world.  A version of the MailVision client is also used by Vonage – the original consumer VoIP company – but Vonage chooses not to support HD voice.

But it ain’t free.  Customers – and you have to have an Ooma account to use the softwaare — can download the app in the Android Market and iTunes App Store for $9.99.  Mobile calling minutes through Ooma start at 1.9 cents per minute in the U.S. and less than half a penny per minute “when you sign up for a mobile calling plan” from Ooma.   To make things more interesting/complicated, Ooma Premier (i.e. the monthly/yearly pay plan that adds additional features) will receive 250 minutes of free U.S. calling every month.

Ooma has also unveiled a mobile-optimized of “My Ooma” at CES, customized to work on mobile browsers so Ooma customers can easily access and listen to voice mails, check hone logs, lookup contacts, change preferences and check international calling balances from a smart phone.

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