I received e-mails from a number of bloggers this morning linking to their stories about ooma, the latest p2p VoIP scheme promising free long distance to the masses. The difference between ooma and other p2p solutions like Skype is the ooma solution utilizes phone lines of existing customers to terminate calls in local areas.
A call placed on the ooma network from San Francisco to the 203 area code would be terminated on an ooma box in someone’s house in the 203 area code. The question worth asking (and I have not had a briefing from the company as of yet) is what security measures are used to ensure I am not listening in on other callers.
If that caller from San Francisco is calling their broker they most likely won’t be thrilled to have me listening to their phone call.
To be fair, this is pretty obvious and I imagine the company has a solution to this problem. But I am just not able to figure out how the call could be sent to the PSTN from my house while keeping me from tapping in quite easily. More to come.