These days a lot of people are using Vonage and other VOIP phone systems from their cable TV companies to make calls from home. But those services require a monthly fee. However, with Ooma's Telo, you just buy the base system, and then make calls anywhere in the U.S. for free (you pay only applicable taxes and fees). On top of that, you can also make international calls for very little money, and the Telo's call quality is impressive.
Normally, Ooma's Telo would cost about $250, but we're giving one away to one lucky winner. Sorry, we can't spring for Ooma's premier service ($9.95 a month), which adds enhanced features to the system. Nor can we provide an optional Ooma handset or Bluetooth adapter. But so long as you have a high-speed Internet connection, you'll be able to use the Telo with your existing cordless phone handsets and even transfer over your existing telephone number. (For a full list of Ooma Telo's features, go here).
So, how do you try to win the Ooma Telo? Let me enumerate the basic rules. Please read them carefully; there will be a test.
- Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the "Join CNET" link to start the registration process. If you're already registered, there's no need to register again.
- Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it's funny or insightful, it won't help you win, but we're trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
- Leave only one comment. You may enter this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
- The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive (1) Ooma Telo with a retail value of $250.
- If you are chosen, you will be notified via e-mail. Winners must respond within three days of the end of the contest. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
- Entries can be submitted until Monday, September 27 at noon EST.
And here's the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (sorry for the caps, but rules are rules):
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 PM EST on September 27, 2010. See official rules for details.