Ooma + Fuser + iPhone + SpinVox + meebo


We have recently done a small piece of work for a company called Ooma. (I have had them in the top right hand corner of my site as a featured product for the past month.) They are purported to be the Vonage killer (if Vonage doesn’t implode first) and the VoIP space has recently become smaller with the demise of SunRocket. The Ooma product is inherently viralDuckbilled Platypus which is to say that the hardware design and functionality promote themselves. The unit is very Mac-like and has been well received by those that have tested it. Much like Vonage you can access your voice mail via the web interface called the Ooma Lounge. The primary difference between Ooma and Vonage is that Ooma has no monthly subscription cost.

Fuser is a free service created by a Jared Polis team out of Boulder Colorado and will allow you to access your email and social networking messages all in one place. For those that have numerous email/social networking accounts, this is a great offering. The product has been in beta since this summer and will hopefully be launching soon.

It is my humble opinion that Ooma and Fuser should partner to create one online interface to get the majority of our communications; email, social networking and phone all in one location, accessible from anywhere.

This also brings up some interesting questions about the future of land-lines for telephony. People have been making the transition from home phones to mobile phones in record numbers and there is some question as to whether products like Ooma are apart of the change or going to be just another victim of it. The question is;

Are people replacing their home phones with mobile phones or are they replacing home phones with VoIP phones?

A comment from Karen (#2) sheds come light on why someone would have a VoIP phone and a mobile. And yet, it is logical to assume that over time this issue will be resolved. We will have to wait and see.

Now if I could just access the visual voice mail on my iPhone (or is it Klausner mail?) , via the web, and translate the messages using “voice to text” technology like SpinVox, I would be set! Could take a step further embed meebo functionality that would allow me to IM when logged in. Logged in where you ask? The Ooma Lounge of course!

By Michael Myers

I'm currently the Academic Director of the Denver MBA at the Daniels College of Business. I manage the student experience and enjoy helping our students acquire the leadership skills they need for the next phase of their professional journey.

I'm also an Associate Teaching Professor of Digital Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Since 2010, I've developed the 2nd most collegiate-level, digital marketing courses in the United States. I teach across a wide array of programs including Executive MBA, MBA@Denver, MS Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

I'm professionally passionate about digital culture, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience. I'm married to an amazing woman and have two incredible children. I was raised in Colorado and spend my free time with family, cycling, snowboarding and going to the Pacific Ocean to SCUBA dive + surf.