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Good SIP provider for Obihai?

coachclass 782 123 January 17, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I'm hunting around for a google voice replacement. I'm a little confused on the DID feature so many, like callcentric, offer. Does that you mean you have incoming number, and a different outgoing number? Well, I guess you don't need a phone number to make out-going calls...so maybe I'm stuck in the old way of thinking?

Do most of these services offer an DID (incoming number), and a separate outgoing calling service? What shows up on the other person's caller ID when you call them via voip? Is it your incoming DID number?

Also, looking for suggestions for SIP provider, if that's the correct term. Voipo.com seems like a good company...at least their tag line is "the likable phone company".

What else do you guys recommend?

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Have you seen this thread? The wiki post covers pretty much everything other than the fact obi just announced their solution: http://www.obivoice.com/
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Have you seen this thread? The wiki post covers pretty much everything other than the fact obi just announced their solution: http://www.obivoice.com/
The offering put forth by Intelafone (obivoice.com) has nothing to do with the company called Obihai Technology, Inc. I have spoken to the President & CEO of Intelafone/obivoice.com, Ryan Tilton, personally. Although you can certainly use an Obi device with obivoice.com if you already have one, if you didn't and wanted to go with obivoice.com they would send you a preconfigured Grandstream HandyTone 701 ATA for a $45 setup fee, not an Obihai ATA.

Obihai has yet to name the ITSPs they will be partnering with.

OP: The wiki link below has some good info although it doesn't mention the new offering by Intelafone/obivoice.com which is coming in at an impressive price point......especially if you prepay for 2 years. However, VoIP providers come and go so there is no guarantee obivoice.com can survive with the low rates they currently are quoting. As the CEO mentioned it is all about volume for them. They need a lot of people to sign up to make it sustainable at the current rates. That said, if you don't have a lot of outgoing minutes of calling per month there are cheaper ways to go. Free DID with a free VoIP account gives you free unlimited incoming minutes. Use Localphone pay-as-you-go at 1/2 cent per minute for outgoing service. Outgoing CID can be spoofed with whatever DID you "control" including your Google Voice number.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6599788-obi-announces-new-plan-39-99-per-year-with-e911-and-unlimited-inbound-calling-minutes?p=65044132#edit65044132

PS. Voipo.com may be "likeable" but they are also relatively expensive.
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Do different SIP providers have different quality voice service? Or is voice compression a standard and they all sound the same?
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Have you seen this thread? The wiki post covers pretty much everything other than the fact obi just announced their solution: http://www.obivoice.com/
That obivoice is run by some wedding DJ in the Northwest. They have nothing to do with OBI.
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That obivoice is run by some wedding DJ in the Northwest. They have nothing to do with OBI.
lol...does that mean it's not advisable to sign up for the 1 year or 2 year plan?
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lol...does that mean it's not advisable to sign up for the 1 year or 2 year plan?
Not necessarily. They do have a 30-day free trial so I would probably recommend trying that first. But if you prepay $60 for 2 years you get unlimited incoming/outgoing and a host of features for $2.50/month. That's tough to beat. Just realize this is a nascent offering and it is unclear if it is sustainable. I want them to succeed so I will probably sign up but I can also afford to lose $60 if they go belly up.

For anyone using less than 250 minutes of outgoing calls per month it would still be cheaper to get a free DID/VoIP account for incoming calls and choose an established VoIP provider (listed in wiki) that charges 1 cent per minute or less for outgoing calls. You can still use Google Voice for call treatment by adding your DID as one of your forwarding numbers in your GV account.

There are a lot of variables that can affect voice quality including codecs used, termination routes used, quality of your broadband connection, your router/NAT, the list goes on. The only true test is to try it out yourself with your own equipment and broadband connection. You can get a sense of what other people's experience has been with a particular provider by entering in a specific VoIP company and doing a search here:

http://www.dslreports.com/reviews
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I wonder will google voice really stop the service
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Do different SIP providers have different quality voice service? Or is voice compression a standard and they all sound the same?
There are standard codecs but that doesn't mean all providers are equal.

Let's assume you're in Florida and you want to send a call to Maine.

Your provider doesn't own network in Maine nor do they have a telephone presence in Maine.

Now they have to decide how to route your call. The more they can route over IP the better for them but that might mean going to the west coast and back in order to get north. Each hop can potentially add voice quality issues. Finally they get to Maine and hand off the call to the local provider.

But they may go another way and hand the call off to a voice provider in Florida who does have presence all the way up to Maine using dedicated voice equipment. This will cost them more money but you'll get less potential issues.

There is no solid answer to your question except to say that the cheaper they are, the more likely they are to use cheap providers. But if you're not a heavy user or a regular fax user you may not notice
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lol...does that mean it's not advisable to sign up for the 1 year or 2 year plan?
You may find this post of interest:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=65482840&postcount=948
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Using VoIP.ms with my Obi for nearly two years with no issues. Great rates, no marketing fluff.
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