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OBI announces new plan - $39.99 per year with E911 and unlimited inbound calling minutes.

Sathe 59 50 January 1, 2014 at 02:41 AM in Tech & Electronics (4)
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Last Edited by Sathe January 2, 2014 at 05:31 AM
They sent me a message on my facebook account. Looks like we will be able to use OBI + GV in the same manner as before for just $39.99 per year going forward. I think this is a great deal in the current situation. Hope this is not a repost.

The announcement says it will have "a set of" outbound calling minutes in it, indicating it will not be unlimited minutes. Still, this is a great deal.

http://blog.obihai.com/2013/12/wh...e-buy.html
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Last Edited by jaydeep1 February 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM
New plan has nothing to do with Google Voice.

Quote from the link:

Via this secure configuration and programming interface, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) VoIP services will be even easier to set-up and use on Obihai products. Along with the engineering work, we have also been in discussions with several of our ITSP partners on plans to transition existing Google Voice + OBi customers.

OP you need to remove Google Voice from Title. (Go to advance to edit)

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This is what the Google Play website says about GrooVe IP app:

https://play.google.com/store/app...voip&hl=en

Voice without Minutes!
On May 15, 2014 Google will no longer allow XMPP based calling through Google Voice. Since GrooVe IP uses that interface, this app will stop functioning on May 15, 2014.
Google Voice is still FREE, will continue its FREE service after May 15, and will not be interrupted

GVJack App, which uses an old Magic Jack, will continue to work after May 15 on landlines using FREE GV service.



Free Obi device <---> Obi device calling
Quote :
http://www.obihai.com/features-and-set-up

Using the OBi to Call Other OBi Endpoints for Free Using the OBiTALK Network:
The OBi comes out of the box ready to make FREE calls to other OBi endpoints using the OBiTALK network. On the bottom of your unit, you will see a 9-digit OBi Number. This is your OBi Number. Give this number to your friends, family and colleagues so they can call you from their OBi device or using an OBi software application for PCs and mobile phones. To use the OBiTALK network, all you have to do is install your OBi, pick up the phone and then call your friends by dialing 9 and their nine-digit OBi Number.
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SIP users probably don't have to worry that much about this. There was a way before XMPP, and until Google changes the Voice API, there will be a way after it as well... How it used to be done: How to use Google Voice for free outgoing calls on an Asterisk/FreePBX system (the no-XMPP way) [iprock.com].

Keep in mind that the aforementioned method would require a SIP DID (which can easily be linked to a GV number) and a light Linux server, but that's a small compromise for what you're getting.

Since most (all?) Obihai devices can also connect to SIP accounts, the discontinuation of XMPP support doesn't necessarily mean you won't be able to use your device with GV -- it just means that it will be a little more difficult.
http://tech.iprock.com/?p=9784
thanks jakenovak for link

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For Free incoming call
http://www.callcentric.com/ <--- many SDers and people in other Voip forum recommend this. Callcentric currently offer FREE NY phone number with free unlimited incoming calls. No monthly fee if you pick country other than US/Canada, otherwise $1.50/month 911 fee (you do get E911 support) only if you pick US/Canada.

For cheap pay per min call
www.voip.ms - They have two plans, both cheap. .99/mo with .01/minute OR $4.95/mo with free calling. E911 is $1.50/mo.
http://www.localphone.com (cheapest pay-per-minute is by localphone.com at 0.5 cent/minute to US numbers) note that some US numbers are .007 (vs. .005) but those #s are inc. at no extra charge in monthly subsciption plans.
Current deal: Localphone.com - Receive 25% Bonus credit voucher code
http://slickdeals.net/f/6377300-localphone-com-receive-25-bonus-credit-voucher-code?v=1

More Voip options below


XMPP Train Wreck by Google
Nerd Vittles of pbxinaflash prediction's of this upcoming train wreck written in June.
This affects more than just OBI.
http://nerdvittles.com/?p=5758


Some useful information about OBi
  • Even though Google Voice don't have E911 support, you can signup for E911 yourself
    Link to How to set-up 911 calling on an OBi device
    http://blog.obihai.com/2011/11/ca...vices.html
    • Cheapest E911 provider is Anveo (at $0.8/month) http://www.anveo.com/service.asp (FREE plan and add E911)
    • If you are switching from POTS to Obi or other voip services, in many states the old phone line will remain active for calling 911. You just leave your phone connected and they disabled outgoing calls at the phone company computers.
    • if you do not want to 'dedicate' a SIP slot for E911, you can use http://www.gv911.com/ - costs $12/year
    • www.smart911.com - Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location.
      Can check availability under the About page.
  • before you start porting your number to GV, check this first http://www.obihai.com/porttutorial.html
  • configuring 'single' stage dialing here - http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...pic=1103.0
  • Obi device offer a lot of powerful features like Auto Attendant (which you can setup your own Interactive response system), Call bridging, etc. AutoAttendant (AA)/Interactive Voice Response (IVR) make the Obi a bit more dynamic for eg. callback for cheap/free call while away from home, etc. And you can record your own AA message.
    Do google search and look at the Obi Admin Guide for more info.
    http://obihai.com/docs/OBiDeviceAdminGuide.pdf
    http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...topic=66.0
    http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...pic=4822.0
    https://www.obitalk.com/forum/ind...pic=2114.0
  • cheapest pay-per-minute is by localphone.com at 0.5 cent/minute to US numbers
  • MagicJack/Nettalk/Ooma can be connected to the POTS line of this obi110 - look at obitalk forum for more info on this. (in theory these are next best to free GV)
  • For people want alternative to GV, here are some good quality and/or low price Voips. Some of those VoIP Services offer phone number in other countries also. Remember this is a standard SIP device so you are not tie to GV and any specific Voip.
  • Some Voip that provide free incoming call. May want to double check and see if this information is out of date or not.
  • Here are some of the Voip that offer very low price International Calls
    • Onesuite and localphone offer a lot of local access number so can use it without Voip device. Those two also offer international local access number which you can use outside US. Check their website for more info.
      http://www.onesuite.com (Onesuite has been around for 10+ years and consistently great quality)
      - offer low price long distance
      - Internet Fax
      - Global Call Forwarding
      - Voip phone service
    • http://www.localphone.com (cheapest pay-per-minute is by localphone.com at 0.5 cent/minute to US numbers)
      LocalPhone also has monthly subscription option, and the best one I found was 800 minutes for $1.60 per month i.e. ~$19 per year (still better than Obi Voice deal yearly plan)

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Wow. I guess my obi200 will not be a paperweight after 5 months, afterall! Thanks for the heads up, OP.
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Last edited by lyxbikes January 1, 2014 at 02:45 AM
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If they're going to charge you that much, then you should just move to Ooma. It may cost you $100 + $40 for a Telo and a port, but Ooma has been around for a while and will probably be around a lot longer.
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Need Internet?
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Magic Jack $20/yr is much better.
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They can't even tell you how many outbound minutes are included? The whole offer is meaningless.
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Last edited by mitchflorida January 1, 2014 at 03:26 AM
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is a better deal.
Buh-bye OBI.
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No you just go outside and scream at the telephone lines to make it work.
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No you just go outside and scream at the telephone lines to make it work.
Didn't work.
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Didn't work.
Have you tried restarting it and waiting 30 seconds and plugging the power cable back in?
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Didn't work.
you are doing it wrong
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while a step in the right direction
i will probably go back to PBX in a Flash [pbxinaflash.net]
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Have you tried restarting it and waiting 30 seconds and plugging the power cable back in?
Try up up down down left right left right b and a
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Wow. I guess my obi200 will not be a paperweight after 5 months, afterall! Thanks for the heads up, OP.
It won't be a paperweight anyway, since you're free to use it with any other VoIP provider out there.
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