CES 2012–Ooma rolls out new HD voice DECT phone, flirts with home automation rollout

Las Vegas – Ooma (www.ooma.com) has officially announced the HD2 handset while sources familiar with the company say it it is working on a home automation/monitoring service to layer on top of its base station.

The HD2 Handset boasts a two-inch color LCD screen and the ability to support picture caller ID and integration with Facebook to display Facebook profile pictures and online contact lists from Facebook, Google, and Yahoo.  Like the initial telo handset, the HD2 is a DECT handset and supports G.722 for HD voice.
A press release says further “smartphone-like” features will be made available later this year through firmware upgrades, including customizable ringtones.

The Ooma HD2 handset is expected to be available in March 2012 through the company’s website and “select retailers.”  MSRP is $59.99.

More intriguing is the potential for Ooma’s telo platform to go beyond telephony and leverage its DECT connectivity to act as a gateway for home automation and monitoring.   According to one source HD Voice News spoke with, the telo base station could be enhanced/upgraded via software to enable it to communicate with DECT Ultra Low Energy (ULE) devices such as motion sensors, smoke detectors, and surveillance cameras.

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