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Obi (Google Voice) vs. Ooma, Magic Jack, and Other Popular VoIP Services?

arjun90 1,214 105 September 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Narrowing down my choices, I realized it would be wise to keep one wired connection open before the next solar flare hits Stick Out Tongue

I need a free VoIP option and realized Obi and Ooma and others support it.

I've been thinking of settling on a one time purchase of a $40 Obi device. Any suggestions?

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obi uses google voice... free (caller ID name + number and e911 extra... i skipped those 2), setup requires a computer, but after that, no. Management is done with google voice... it does come with Caller ID number, voice mail, block callers, etc.

Ooma... costs $ per month (ooma tax [ooma.com]). I did Ooma fer 2 yrs. Solid and friendly service (basic was enough for me, caller id, e911 included), but i switched to gv. If u are interested, get Ooma on the cheap, u'll recover ur moola faster.

I've considered Magic Jack, but didn't pursue it, costs $ per month

All requires high speed internet
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Thanks, I guess we can all agree that GV is better than Magic Jack, right?
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Thanks, I guess we can all agree that GV is better than Magic Jack, right?

they are similar services in different packages, pick one best fit ur needs. you are welcome
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The nice thing about the Obi is that you aren't tied to a single VoIP provider. I have mine setup with VoIP.ms but there are lots of other providers that you can use on the Obi. If you don't like the service, you can change. With Ooma and Magic Jack the hardware is tied to their service.
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Thanks, and I have come across complaints of Magic Jack, regarding their overall quality in service. I'd give Google Voice a go via Obi. I'm attempting to move Vonage VoIP (Primary Home number) to T-Mobile's (4 Lines for $100), and add on the stateside international calling package. I believe I'm saving in the end by having both features (mobile and international calling) especially on the go. Google Voice would make a great alternative to a free wired line in the home.

Currently, I pay $25 for four lines in Pure Talk USA for Mobile (No Data), $30 for Vonage, $99 for T-Mobile (Includes one line $50 Simple Choice Plan, $10 JUMP Program, and the remaining EIP and Taxes & Other Regulatory Fees). I find it more reasonable to remove Pure Talk and Vonage, lease new mobile phones such as the iPhone 6s / 6s Plus with T-Mobile (4 Lines for $100 dollars, $15 additional for international calling to over 70 Countries), one time purchase of Obi for Google Voice services, and one time purchase of Connect-to-Cell Bluetooth DECT 6.0 Handsets from VTech.

Does this sound reasonable? Thanks again.
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Unfortunately this has been gone over many times and you'll get a bunch of anecdotes. That said I've had ooma for about 5 years now - zero issues - about $3/mo (YMMV) after the initial purchase. The online management and app are great especially for voicemail. There is a premium service but I've never paid for it. International calling is very cheap too, but we don't use that alot. (they do have an international plan that gives free calling but we don't use that enough to justify the cost and just pay per minute)

The thing about the obi angle is its merit is based entirely on someone giving you free service - e.g. google voice, that could end at any time. Plus, ooma is by far the best "out of the box" performer.

I did not port a number to ooma but when I transitioned the IL's to ooma about a year ago, the whole porting process took like 3 days even though ooma said it may take up to 3 weeks. Very painless and seamless. As a plus I've not had to go over to the IL's house to be tech support for it either (they are not tech savvy at all). And, in addition to the ooma hub to listen to VM's, I installed the ooma app on the IL's smartphones and now they listen on the app.
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ooma you pay about $6 a month it also uses some of your internet to run other peoples calls
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I would presume no one is really going all mobile, right? Is VoIP the norm these days or are many cutting the cord all together and making calls solely through their cellular devices? I was under the impression that by now everyone would transition from VoIP and Landline to the Mobile Carriers
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ooma you pay about $6 a month it also uses some of your internet to run other peoples calls
There is a monthly fee, in most areas it's actually $4-5. It doesn't use your internet to run other people's calls, that makes no sense.

Google Voice, while useful can be hard to rely on too heavily. The Obi is like any other VoIP ATA, but it can also support the jabber protocol used by google voice.
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I would presume no one is really going all mobile, right? Is VoIP the norm these days or are many cutting the cord all together and making calls solely through their cellular devices? I was under the impression that by now everyone would transition from VoIP and Landline to the Mobile Carriers
I have not used a land line for years. It is a complete waste of money these days with unlimited call and text unless you are running an office call center or something like that.
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Would landline include VoIP? I think everyone has some VoIP one way or the other as backup, I mean.

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I have not used a land line for years. It is a complete waste of money these days with unlimited call and text unless you are running an office call center or something like that.
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just do a search on forum plz, there are plenty of discussions on this already.

any ooma/obi threads will be good reading materials fur u
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Would landline include VoIP? I think everyone has some VoIP one way or the other as backup, I mean.

Nope. No need for it. Why do you need any sort of non-wireless unless you live in an area where the wireless coverage is unreliable or maybe if you need to make a lot of international phone calls.
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Makes sense, even T-Mobile includes International Phone Calls these days for just $15 extra a month

Oh, forgot to mention, their reception has recently improved, which adds confidence for the long run
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