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SkinnyDude 05-24-2011 03:07 PM

Obi100 - $39.99 with free shipping - Free Phone Service with Regular Home Telephone through Google Voice
 
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Received this from Obihai

Limited Time Offer: OBi100 Available @ Amazon.com for $39.99 with Free Shipping - Use coupon code OBIDEAL4 - Save >30% off MSRP

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...B004LO098O

Free calls from Google Voice

wikipost 05-24-2011 03:07 PM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
Link to the most up to date Wiki.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=90553&t=2636475#edit36968525

This is a snapshot of that Wiki.....
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Where to order [obihai.com] > Amazon [amazon.com]
- Availability: see Twitter [twitter.com] or Facebook [facebook.com]
- Latest firmware update [obitalk.com] <=== Build 2101

FAQ - If a question is asked often, please post it here
Q. How much does OBi110 cost?
A. $69.99+$20 coupon+FSSS via Amazon. If it is higher, it is probably out of stock. Please check Twitter/Facebook for status.

Q. Can I get it for less?
A. Yes. A trimmed down version, Obi100 is expected late March [voxilla.com] 2011, for about $44. Obihai's FB page says it will be available next week at Amazon for $43.99. UPDATE: Currently this is on Amazon for $59.99 (3/29) with up to four units available for 43.99 using code HELLOOBI at checkout.


Q. What about 911
A. You can check with your local 911 center or local police dept. for a local 7 or 10 digit number you can call for emergency service. You can then create a rule for the Obi. When you dial 911, the Obi will call the other number instead of 911. I have posted a configuration for the alternate 911 setup here http://www.obitalk.com/forum/inde...66#msg1766


Q. Can I port my home phone to GoogleVoice, to keep my phone number?
A. It seems yes, by first porting to a mobile phone at a cost of $21 (prepaid AT&T phone and air card), then to GoogleVoice at a cost of 20 porting fee.

Q. Can I make calls from outside the United States?
A. For GoogleVoice, you will need two Obi110, one outside the country and one in the States. This will fool Google to make it look as though your calls are from the States. If you want to place free calls you need a voip provider that gives you that service, or TWO Obi units or TWO Obitalk apps. One device or one app in each location/country. You can place free calls between the two because Obitalk is providing the voip between the devices/apps free of charge. If you also have a landline connected to, or google chat set up on (in the US), the Obi device, you can access that landline or GV line remotely from another device or app as long as you are in the circle of trust for that device.


VIDEO (Note: Device does not have video capability.)
Obi110 have the same capabilities as Linksys PAP2, plus a lot more. Read the rest of Wiki to find out more.
Clip on what Obi110 can do in addition to Google Voice, Ooma and other Voip Services, Landlines, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht6fcoJM5io
Overview of all the features (may not include some of the new features introduced in the last few firmware update), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5BwQ0E6fmQ&NR=1
Getting started with OBi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWAPZJFpXMo

About Google Chat
You can make calls using your computer as a telephone using the Google Chat feature of G-mail.
Effective 25 August 2010, you should have the green telephone icon for the new G-mail "Make a Call" feature, as illustrated in the Official Google Voice Blog [blogspot.com]:

Note that this feature of G-mail is not Google Voice, although it uses some of the same resources as Google Voice. The new feature of G-mail is a true VoIP application which uses the Internet to place calls, while Google Voice is a call management service that requires that you have a working telephone with a US phone number.

With G-mail, you can enable the on-screen dial pad and dial a number directly, or type a name or phone number and let your Google contacts fill in the data. All you do is click and your call is placed, free of charge. Google originally said the service would be free through 2010. At the end of 2010 they announced that the service would remain free through 2011. Google has given no indication what will happen after that.
GV calling through GMail will be free 'till 2012 - tim_who_else (post #44)
http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.c...rough.html

Enter the Obi110 ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter)
The Obi ATA uses the Google Chat feature of G-mail and allows you to place free US domestic voip calls using a regular telephone.
If you also have a Google Voice number, that is associated with the same G-mail account, you can receive incoming calls to the Obi ATA, free of charge. Google Chat & Google Voice cannot be used outside the US and can only be used with English language settings.

No computer is needed for calling once the device is configured. You just plug it into your broadband internet modem or router, and plug a regular cordless or corded phone into the ATA to place/receive calls. You can also plug in another working voice line and you can place and receive all your calls on the same telephones. All lines connected or configured on the unit are also bridgeable for combined features. E911 service is not available from Google's calling services. I have posted a configuration for an alternate 911 setup HERE [obitalk.com]

Because the Obi110 uses the Google Chat feature of G-mail, it is recommended that you not open your G-mail page in your browser while receiving calls to the Obi110. Incoming calls may not be routed to the ATA if the G-mail page is open.

The features of the Obi110 are many, and still expanding, but this thread is focusing on using it with the Google Chat feature of G-mail.
You can use the Obi110 with up to 2 G-mail accounts (one line at a time for outgoing calls, conference all for incoming calls).

It will also work with other voip providers, many of the settings for those providers are preset into the device for easy configuration.
Obihai also has a PC softphone app & Smartphone apps that can be used for placing/receiving free calls between any Obi ATA or Obi app. You do not place calls to regular numbers from these apps, but you can access the calling features of an Obi ATA (& the providers configured in it) by calling into the device from another Obi ATA, Obi app or regular phone.

NOTES ABOUT CALLING WITH THE Obi110
In order to make calls to regular phone numbers anywhere with the Obi ATA, you need a voip provider or Google Chat.

NOTE: Your voip provider's (or google's) calling restrictions are not modified by using the Obi. If the provider or GV charges for domestic or international calls, you will still be charged.

See This Image - The last configuration can be used to place free calls without a separate voip provider, as Obitalk is providing the voip between their devices. On the first two the voip is provided by a service provider other than Obitalk.

Reviews
http://michigantelephone.wordpres...ing-calls/
http://voxilla.com/2011/01/24/how...-free-2512
Link to the OBi110 Device Administration Guide (pdf file): http://obihai.com/docs/OBiDeviceAdminGuide.pdf
Basic Configuration of the Obi110 for use with Google Chat & Google Voice [voxilla.com]
How To: Use Google Voice and OBi for all your calls (free) [voxilla.com]
replacing your home phone [urlhasbeenblocked] with GV and ObiHai
From obihai website http://www.obihai.com/googlevoice.html
OBihai Knowledge Base [obihai.com]
OBiTalk Forum [obitalk.com]
Michigan Telephone Blog Review [wordpress.com] there are 3 parts to that review, you can got to #2 from the end of that one.


Obihai Obi110 which work with Google Voice without any other device.
- So don't need computer or server running Asterisk
- and don't need Linksys PAP2 since this device pretty much has all the features of Linksys PAP2
It replace both Asterisk and analog telephone adapter (REQUIRES A ROUTER OR MODEM WITH ACTIVE INTERNET CONNECTION)

You plug your normal cordless or corded phone directly to this Obi110 device.


FEATURES
* The ability to make US/Canada calls and receive calls for free using Google Voice;
* Call bridging capabilities from any phone and across any two VoIP services (i.e.: a PSTN line and a VoIP account, or between two separate VoIP accounts);
* Free seamless calling between any two OBi devices;
* Android and iPhone dialing connectivity.

Great Things You Can Do with Google Voice on the OBi110:
- Direct dial calls to the USA and Canada for free! **
- Direct dial calls to other countries at incredibly low international rates!
- Use an Analog Telephone Adapter-type VoIP device (OBi110) with Google Voice integration in conjunction with the cool features available with Google Voice – e.g. voicemail transcription, on-line voicemail, contact management, international calling, etc.

More Cool Stuff You Can Do with OBi & Google Voice:
- Receive calls to your Google Voice number on the phone attached to the OBi device.
- Use the OBiON app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for true VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G using the OBi device to bridge to Google Voice and call traditional numbers (without using your cell minutes).
- Receive calls to your Google Voice number then use the OBi device to bridge to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices using Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G (without using your cell minutes).
- Easily set-up Google Voice trunks on your IP PBX phone system – no need for system upgrades or complex configs. The OBi acts as a SIP to Google Voice gateway.

If both you and your friends/family have OBi110, you and your friends/family can setup "Circle of Trust" with the OBi110 devices. For anyone with the right credentials (in their "Circle of Trust") can access all of the OBi110′s calling features just by calling the number associated with the OBi110. Meaning from your Obi110, you can access all the features of your friends'/family Obi110 if you are in their "Circle of Trust". So you can access their landline and Voip if it is connected to their Obi110. And you friends/family can be in different countries.


Supposedly there is the Obi100 model coming out in March or April for $10 less that does not have an FXO port (just FXS). FXS is what you need to plug your phone into - like the plug in the wall. FXO is the plug that is on your phone. If all you plan to do is plug a standard (corded or cordless) phone into your Obi and plug the other side into the internet, the Obi100 will do the trick. The Obi110 has an FXO port that people use to "bridge" their landlines, or connect to sophisticated PBX devices.
Note: You need to keep checking for stock. It comes and goes during the day/night!

OTHER
Other Voip Services/Companies you can use for free or low fee in addition to Google Voice.
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=90553&t=2340577 - Whistle Phone offer both free incoming and outgoing calls. Whistle Phone will require you to listen to ad when making out going call. Very limited choice of area code for phone number. And incoming call doesn't work well with SIP.
For very low fee, there are
http://pbxinaflash.com/vitelity/ (Looks like Vitelity quality is gone. Read this thread in DSLReports for discussion about Vitelity quality [broadbandreports.com]
http://www.callcentric.com/ <--- many people recommend here and in other website
http://www.voip.ms/ <--- many people recommend here and in other website
flowroute [flowroute.com]
For free incoming call, beside Whistle Phone mentioned earlier, you can also use IpKall. It works with Callcentric to provide free local number in Washington State and free incoming call.
http://www.ipkall.com/
Another service offer free incoming phone number
http://www.sipgate.com/

DSLReports.com, The Good, Bad, Ugly charts (Voip rating chart)
http://www.dslreports.com/gbu

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)
http://www.localphone.com

http://www.callwithus.com/
http://www.future-nine.com/





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srinu_chirala 05-24-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks.

Babiegirl220 05-24-2011 03:55 PM

I've been looking at this. Can someone tell me the difference between this and the Obi110?

KodiakAlaska 05-24-2011 04:18 PM

The OBi100 and OBi110 have a PHONE connection for a telephone / cordless phone base station and an Ethernet port to connect the devices to you Internet router. For making and receiving calls to and from a VoIP service (like Google Voice and Callcentric), they are identical. The only difference is that that OBi100 does not have a telco LINE port.

The OBi110 has an additonal connection for a telephone line. With this connection you can bridge calls from a VoIP service like Google Voice or any other VoIP provider to the service providing dial tone on the analog line. If you do not have a telco service at your home (or are going to get rid of it), an want to make all your calls over your broadband Internet connection with Google Voice or some other VoIP provider, then the OBi100 is the way to go.

Here is a comparison chart from Obihai: http://www.obihai.com/matrix.html

wisdom_seeker 05-24-2011 04:31 PM

I am a current (soon to be former) Vonage World customer. Can anyone offer an insightful comparison between Obihai and Ooma for 1) cheap international calling and 2) reliability? I need to call a landline in South Africa on a regular basis.

Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.

SDRebel 05-24-2011 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KodiakAlaska (Post 39846201)
The OBi100 and OBi110 have a PHONE connection for a telephone / cordless phone base station and an Ethernet port to connect the devices to you Internet router. For making and receiving calls to and from a VoIP service (like Google Voice and Callcentric), they are identical. The only difference is that that OBi100 does not have a telco LINE port.

The OBi110 has an additonal connection for a telephone line. With this connection you can bridge calls from a VoIP service like Google Voice or any other VoIP provider to the service providing dial tone on the analog line. If you do not have a telco service at your home (or are going to get rid of it), an want to make all your calls over your broadband Internet connection with Google Voice or some other VoIP provider, then the OBi100 is the way to go.

Here is a comparison chart from Obihai: http://www.obihai.com/matrix.html

wait, since I don't have telephone service I didn't need the obi110?

kaikuilui 05-24-2011 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wisdom_seeker (Post 39846497)
I am a current (soon to be former) Vonage World customer. Can anyone offer an insightful comparison between Obihai and Ooma for 1) cheap international calling and 2) reliability? I need to call a landline in South Africa on a regular basis.

Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.

Obi + [GV or other SIP) = OOMA

If there are reliable internet connection in South Africa, you may consider deploy an Obi110 over there. You will call South Africa through this path:

Obi(US) -> Obi110(Africa) -> phone
Obi(US) -> Obi110(Africa) -> PSTN -> some one's phone.

ovel2clock 05-24-2011 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 39846621)
wait, since I don't have telephone service I didn't need the obi110?

You don't need the 110, unless you have a specific need to bridge POTS. For 99.99% of users, the 100 is what you need.



Google voice has free calls to US until end of 2011, then what?

SDRebel 05-24-2011 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ovel2clock (Post 39846795)
You don't need the 110, unless you have a specific need to bridge POTS. For 99.99% of users, the 100 is what you need.



Google voice has free calls to US until end of 2011, then what?

damn :( I guess I should have researched more...anyway, very happy with it so far...

google said that as long as it's economically free, they'll keep it that way for US call, so it might still be free, or maybe google will charge something like 20-50 a year, hard to tell

rimpys 05-24-2011 05:26 PM

Any cheap idea to get calls from any USA number to India and vice-versa. I am not sure if one device is sufficient to serve this purpose..and yes..without running computer. I heard that Google voice not works except USA, so is it applicable to both ways i.e. USA-India or India-USA?.

Really appreciate if someone can reply with detail information. Thanks

skiumah 05-24-2011 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaikuilui (Post 39846725)
Obi + [GV or other SIP) = OOMA

If there are reliable internet connection in South Africa, you may consider deploy an Obi110 over there. You will call South Africa through this path:

Obi(US) -> Obi110(Africa) -> phone
Obi(US) -> Obi110(Africa) -> PSTN -> some one's phone.

OBi to OBi is completely free. You can direct dial an OBi device with its unique nine-digit number.

MozartA 05-24-2011 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ovel2clock (Post 39846795)
You don't need the 110, unless you have a specific need to bridge POTS. For 99.99% of users, the 100 is what you need.



Google voice has free calls to US until end of 2011, then what?



Other Voip Services/Companies you can use for free or low fee in addition to Google Voice.
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=90553&t=2340577 - Whistle Phone offer both free incoming and outgoing calls. Whistle Phone will require you to listen to ad when making out going call. Very limited choice of area code for phone number. And incoming call doesn't work well with SIP.
For very low fee, there are
http://pbxinaflash.com/vitelity/ (Looks like Vitelity quality is gone. Read this thread in DSLReports for discussion about Vitelity quality [broadbandreports.com]
http://www.callcentric.com/ <--- many people recommend here and in other website
http://www.voip.ms/ <--- many people recommend here and in other website
flowroute [flowroute.com]
For free incoming call, beside Whistle Phone mentioned earlier, you can also use IpKall. It works with Callcentric to provide free local number in Washington State and free incoming call.
http://www.ipkall.com/
Another service offer free incoming phone number
http://www.sipgate.com/


DSLReports.com, The Good, Bad, Ugly charts (Voip rating chart)
http://www.dslreports.com/gbu

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)
http://www.localphone.com

http://www.callwithus.com/
http://www.future-nine.com/

additive 05-24-2011 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rimpys (Post 39847603)
Any cheap idea to get calls from any USA number to India and vice-versa. I am not sure if one device is sufficient to serve this purpose..and yes..without running computer. I heard that Google voice not works except USA, so is it applicable to both ways i.e. USA-India or India-USA?.

Really appreciate if someone can reply with detail information. Thanks

as previously mentioned, two obi100, one in your end, one in your india friend end, will make the call totoally free..as long as you both have reliable internet connnection.:cool:

mrlocalhost 05-24-2011 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 39847133)
damn :( I guess I should have researched more...anyway, very happy with it so far...

google said that as long as it's economically free, they'll keep it that way for US call, so it might still be free, or maybe google will charge something like 20-50 a year, hard to tell

well, google does like to google though our personal data, so i'm guessing that they'll offer some deal similar to gmail and give out 5,000 min a month or something like that..

But if worse comes to worst, the obi does support other voip services, so it should be pretty cheap to switch to another voip provider.

FullTiltBoogie 05-24-2011 06:43 PM

Damn, I just picked it up few days ago for regular price. Is there a way to match it now?

wes 05-24-2011 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rimpys (Post 39847603)
Any cheap idea to get calls from any USA number to India and vice-versa. I am not sure if one device is sufficient to serve this purpose..and yes..without running computer. I heard that Google voice not works except USA, so is it applicable to both ways i.e. USA-India or India-USA?.

Really appreciate if someone can reply with detail information. Thanks

I'm in Japan, the Obi110 and the smartphone program all work. You have to pay Google for any non-USA calls you want to make, only USA calls are free.

tiledeco 05-24-2011 07:02 PM

OBi100 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Voice Service Bridge
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...PDKIKX0DER

Coupon code "OBIDEAL4" cuts it to $39.99. With free shipping, it's $20 off and the lowest total price on froogle.

BWheel 05-24-2011 07:51 PM

In 4 1.

ovel2clock 05-24-2011 07:56 PM

I picked this up after spending 2 full days trying to get Asterisk installed on my router with absolutely no luck. Figured this (minus a $10 gift card I had burning a hole in my pocket) was well worth it. Hopefully GV stays free until I get my money's worth out of it vs picking up something like a netTalk duo.

Probedude 05-24-2011 08:18 PM

In 4 1
Now I'll have magicjack, Ooma, tmobile@home, skype (with pots adapter), GV.

EtherGnat 05-24-2011 09:14 PM

Not everybody knows what an Obi100 is. It's helpful if you put a brief description along with a model number in the title so people can know if it's something they're interested in without clicking through.

SkinnyDude 05-24-2011 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EtherGnat (Post 39852255)
Not everybody knows what an Obi100 is. It's helpful if you put a brief description along with a model number in the title so people can know if it's something they're interested in without clicking through.

Done!

mpkb 05-24-2011 09:45 PM

For those that have this already, is there a lag? Most voip I've tried has a slight lag, maybe a quarter or half a second.

monkeybiz 05-24-2011 09:53 PM

I wondered about the lag since I only have 1.5Mb DSL. What are the minimum specs? Anyway I might jump, I just ditched my land line this week and kind of miss the old analog phone. Not sure how my Optimus android ties in with this, a lot of info posted but still new to this. My main concern is my flaky DSL.
aw heck, it's only $39 so I'll give it a go. Wonder what Amazons return policy is on this?

SkinnyDude 05-24-2011 10:02 PM

I think it should work the same as if you're using the chat option in Gmail. Basically open up gmail and on the left you should have a "call phone" button where you can dial out through your computer with a mic and speakers. If it sounds clear through there, I think it should sound clear through this device.

Call quality will probably sound better through this than a laptop this since built in mics and speakers are kind of crappy on laptops.

Of course this device can be used with other VoIP services and not just Google Voice, so it will vary if you're using something other than google voice.

Probedude 05-24-2011 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpkb (Post 39853161)
For those that have this already, is there a lag? Most voip I've tried has a slight lag, maybe a quarter or half a second.

I have no noticeable lag with Tmobile@Home service. Same DSL line, I get a lot of noticeable lag with Ooma. Others have complained too (something to do with their encryption). Skype has not been noticeable.

luk350 05-24-2011 10:12 PM

thanks!

monkeybiz 05-24-2011 10:12 PM

Nice, I'm crazy about google voice, I use it as my main number and route the calls to two cell phones. Great product. So is there a subscriptions fee with Obi100 service? Seems to good to be true if it's free phone service.

SkinnyDude 05-24-2011 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeybiz (Post 39853603)
Nice, I'm crazy about google voice, I use it as my main number and route the calls to two cell phones. Great product. So is there a subscriptions fee with Obi100 service? Seems to good to be true if it's free phone service.

No subscription fee. At least not to Obihai. Google may start charging after the end of the year, but then again they may extend free calls for another year. You can use this device with other VoIP providers, so there are some other free options available (usually only for incoming calls).

mpkb 05-24-2011 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Probedude (Post 39853529)
I have no noticeable lag with Tmobile@Home service. Same DSL line, I get a lot of noticeable lag with Ooma. Others have complained too (something to do with their encryption). Skype has not been noticeable.

Does that mean only Ooma encrypts?

monkeybiz 05-24-2011 10:40 PM

Thanks SkinnyDude, repped! So is there any way to use my Optimus on prepaid tmobile with this and avoid using my minutes? I'd be amazed if it that works. I have a lot to learn, just getting started.
edit just read the wiki,
Use the OBiON app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for true VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G using the OBi device to bridge to Google Voice and call traditional numbers (without using your cell minutes).

Mikeabcd 05-24-2011 10:52 PM

The OBI110 is also available for $49.99 with FSSS "Sold by Obihai Technology, Inc. and Fulfilled by Amazon".
http://www.amazon.com/OBi110-Serv...903&sr=8-1

As mentioned it has a line port but is otherwise functionally the same. For the extra $10, IMHO, that line port can be pretty useful even without a land line. It can be used to connect an OOMA, Vonage etc box (ATA) or if you want to get really fancy, it could be used to daisy chain OBIs or to a connect to an ASTERIX PBX server.

DealGypsy 05-25-2011 02:46 AM

Funny just bought this from amazon much clear than OOma ever was, my OOma is now for sale.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mikeabcd (Post 39854325)
The OBI110 is also available for $49.99 with FSSS "Sold by Obihai Technology, Inc. and Fulfilled by Amazon".
http://www.amazon.com/OBi110-Serv...903&sr=8-1

As mentioned it has a line port but is otherwise functionally the same. For the extra $10, IMHO, that line port can be pretty useful even without a land line. It can be used to connect an OOMA, Vonage etc box (ATA) or if you want to get really fancy, it could be used to daisy chain OBIs or to a connect to an ASTERIX PBX server.

No lag at all with OBi

mailburner 05-25-2011 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpkb (Post 39854097)
Does that mean only Ooma encrypts?

Nope. Those other services you mentioned do encrypt.

mpkb 05-25-2011 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gypsys (Post 39856169)
Funny just bought this from amazon much clear than OOma ever was, my OOma is now for sale.

Will Obi on OV always be free calls though?

DealGypsy 05-25-2011 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpkb (Post 39870967)
Will Obi on OV always be free calls though?

I think so if not it supports slot of options

monkeybiz 05-25-2011 02:50 PM

one reviewer suggested getting a separate gmail voice account for a dedicated line so as not to be interrupted with incoming gmail. Mine shipped, should be here Friday.

mailburner 05-25-2011 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeybiz (Post 39871611)
one reviewer suggested getting a separate gmail voice account for a dedicated line so as not to be interrupted with incoming gmail. Mine shipped, should be here Friday.

There's no need to create a separate gmail voice acct for the obi. Incoming calls will get prioritized and ring the obi even when you're logged into the same gmail acct

meuandbettyboo 05-25-2011 07:58 PM

Thanks all. I will try this to see if we can get rid of our landline. Its already super cheap right now, but hey, every bit of changed saved is awesomeness in my book.

since we are here, does anyone have any good ideas on going prepaid for cheap with a tablet or smartphone? i am trying to see how I can use this thing to integrate cell service, but I think I am way out of my league here. lol

Snoozer 05-25-2011 09:50 PM

thanx!

Probedude 05-25-2011 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gypsys (Post 39856169)
Funny just bought this from amazon much clear than OOma ever was, my OOma is now for sale.

Can't wait to get mine and then post on the Ooma forums how good it is.

monkeybiz 05-26-2011 02:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by akelatgml (Post 39877673)
Thanks all. I will try this to see if we can get rid of our landline. Its already super cheap right now, but hey, every bit of changed saved is awesomeness in my book.

since we are here, does anyone have any good ideas on going prepaid for cheap with a tablet or smartphone? i am trying to see how I can use this thing to integrate cell service, but I think I am way out of my league here. lol

Same here, it was hard to leave the landline behind but I have two cell plans. One is Virgin Mobile and the other is Tmobile. The optimus is regarded as the best entry smartphone, it's packed with features for under $150. Sometime cheaper through Tmobile refurb about $120 without the refill. Try to get the gold plan and minutes rollover with just one $10 refill a year. Android is a blast with all the apps.

DealGypsy 05-26-2011 04:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Probedude (Post 39880397)
Can't wait to get mine and then post on the Ooma forums how good it is.

Sold mine for 125,00 which isfair because they now change79.00 to restart it, funny was going to keep it but if I want to restart it with the same number 79.00 for that too, I have marveled at the quality of OBi.

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Originally Posted by monkeybiz (Post 39871611)
one reviewer suggested getting a separate gmail voice account for a dedicated line so as not to be interrupted with incoming gmail. Mine shipped, should be here Friday.

No need for that.

SlidingBike 05-26-2011 05:08 AM

At last, pulled the trigger..
I own Ooma currently(thinking of returning my Ooma telo(paid $180) and replacing it with Ooma hub-refurb for $99 from Fry's) and it has been good(I got the Ooma Grandfathered no fee account).
Now this Obihai is gonna add up to deliver the Google voice to my drawing room .
Thanks OP.

trikster2 05-26-2011 06:13 AM

Are there obi marketers posting here? I've had the ooma for a year or so and the call quality is crystal clear. Are you putting

router <---> ooma <--> cable modem

So the ooma can do QOS?

I'm interested in the obi even though I have the ooma as I need something for cheap international calls. International calling on the ooma is not that cheap and looking at the Google voice plans it is pretty pricey too.

Can anyone recommend an Obi compatible SIP provider that has cheap international calling rates?

Sending an obi to the person is not really a viable option as they only have access to the internet through wirless and it's pretty cr@ppy.

Thanks!

PS: Iead the thread in the wiki on the pseudo, so not E911 hack for the obi. Amazing. (not in a good way). Definitely sticking with my E911 capable Ooma as my primary phone.

Probedude 05-26-2011 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by trikster2 (Post 39884989)
Are there obi marketers posting here? I've had the ooma for a year or so and the call quality is crystal clear. Are you putting

router <---> ooma <--> cable modem

So the ooma can do QOS?

Yep, that's how I have it set up. In fact I have it

DSL modem - ooma - TmobileVOIP router - PC's.

TMobile@Home is AFTER the ooma and it does better on phone calls than Ooma.

No obi marketer here. I've had my Ooma core for almost a year now. You can read my posts over on the Ooma forums - look for the BIG threads on audio delay, calls going to VM after one ring. Ooma even states that due to their encryption there is a delay, worse with the Telos. These threads are BIG, with lots of people posting having similar problems.

trikster2 05-26-2011 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Probedude (Post 39889353)
Yep, that's how I have it set up. In fact I have it

DSL modem - ooma - TmobileVOIP router - PC's.

TMobile@Home is AFTER the ooma and it does better on phone calls than Ooma.

No obi marketer here. I've had my Ooma core for almost a year now. You can read my posts over on the Ooma forums - look for the BIG threads on audio delay, calls going to VM after one ring. Ooma even states that due to their encryption there is a delay, worse with the Telos. These threads are BIG, with lots of people posting having similar problems.

I've never notices a delay but I don't have a telos.

But I see you have DSL. Not sure I would try ooma without real broadband.....

Probedude 05-26-2011 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by trikster2 (Post 39894049)
I've never notices a delay but I don't have a telos.

But I see you have DSL. Not sure I would try ooma without real broadband.....

I don't have a Telo either.
You do realize that VOIP quality has nothing to do with DSL vs 'real broadband'. Latency, dropped packets, etc are the bigger hitters to VOIP quality and you can get that even with 'real broadband'

Also on the ooma forums I've posted my VOIP quality testing showing that my connections are pristine even without having 'real broadband'. Also the fact that I have Tmobile@Home VOIP on the same DSL line without having these issues proves the line is not at fault.

Go to the Ooma forums and read. I'm not the sole person with Ooma issues and internet connections are not to blame.

monkeybiz 05-26-2011 12:43 PM

searching around SD for ooma shows the best deal was $99 for a refurb with ~$3/mo tax and fees. I don't know whether the Ooma needs a computer on to work but that is a big selling point of this Obi. Both have weird names, I'll pick the Obi WAN.

trikster2 05-26-2011 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Probedude (Post 39895011)
I don't have a Telo either.
You do realize that VOIP quality has nothing to do with DSL vs 'real broadband'. Latency, dropped packets, etc are the bigger hitters to VOIP quality and you can get that even with 'real broadband'

Also on the ooma forums I've posted my VOIP quality testing showing that my connections are pristine even without having 'real broadband'. Also the fact that I have Tmobile@Home VOIP on the same DSL line without having these issues proves the line is not at fault.

Go to the Ooma forums and read. I'm not the sole person with Ooma issues and internet connections are not to blame.

Everyone I know with DSL has some sort of issue with it. That was why I made the remark about "real broadband".

As there are tons of happy ooma users including myself, and it's rumoured that Consumer reports just ranked Ooma as one of the best phone services, you must have something going on that is out of the norm. Either your hardware, something running around your home network, or something between you and your OOMA pop is giving you grief


I think it's crazy that you paid for the ooma hardware, and did not just add the $40 obi, especially if you are grandfathred in to the tax free pay nothing hardware.

As I said I'm considering obi as a secondary (if I can get cheaper international calls) but without E911 it will never be my primary. Both this and and the ooma are so silly inexpensive why not have it all? Compared to what we paid in the past for phone service ($30+ a month) the obi and ooma hardware costs are pretty inconsequential.

monkeybiz: Oooma is computer free. You may need to get to a web browser to set something up but after that you can even get voicemail without a computer. I don't think the obi does computer free voice mail.

FREEALTA 05-26-2011 01:11 PM

There are three easy ways to check your Google Voice messages:

Call your Google number from any phone, press the * key during your voicemail greeting, and enter your four-digit PIN. If you dial your Google number from any phone for which you've selected to connect directly to voicemail in the Phones tab of your Google Voice settings, your other phones won't ring and you'll be connected directly to your Google voicemail where you may need to enter your PIN based on the options you've selected in the Voicemail Access section of your Phones tab settings.
Sign in to Google Voice and check your Inbox. Click the play button under the picture of you contact to listen to your message.
Play your voicemail from the email address associated with your Google Account.

rhododendron 05-26-2011 01:20 PM

Is the deal still on ? I see it at $44.41 ?

rhododendron 05-26-2011 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by rhododendron (Post 39896681)
Is the deal still on ? I see it at $44.41 ?

sorry posted too quickly,

Got it for $40 using the coupon code, but must choose Obihai Technology as the Seller!

Babiegirl220 05-26-2011 02:15 PM

Does anyone know if the Obion app will work on the Palm Pixi Plus?

rustman 05-26-2011 03:34 PM

Can you send/receive a fax through the Obi100/GV?

salzouby 05-26-2011 08:31 PM

Obi by itself is a fine device, but be aware of Goggle Voice. I just recently purchased the device and hooked it up. i was hoping to replace my Skype (i use skype without a PC).
it did not take me long before i got the device to connect and everything was fine and i was making calls and still but reciving calls never happned. GV is messedup and has this glitch where your calls will be go into vm without ringing.

DoctorBob 05-26-2011 08:40 PM

Time to ditch my landline.

Probedude 05-26-2011 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by salzouby (Post 39905077)
GV is messedup and has this glitch where your calls will be go into vm without ringing.

Maybe this will help?
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3NLSIQAY8Q74T

(apologies if it doesn't, it came up during my search for "Obi100 GV"

monkeybiz 05-27-2011 08:50 PM

UPS showed up at 7PM on a Friday night, my heroes. I was thinking it would be a three day weekend before I get to play with this. I heard it was small but this thing is tiny, like a deck of cards!

Probedude 05-27-2011 10:20 PM

This thing is pretty cool!

KodiakAlaska 05-28-2011 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by gypsys (Post 39856169)
Funny just bought this from amazon much clear than OOma ever was, my OOma is now for sale.


No lag at all with OBi


Coupon code is no longer required, but still looks like the $39.99 price lasts until 5/31

OBi100 Now $39.99 @ Amazon.com - Expires 5/31/11 [obitalk.com]

DealGypsy 05-28-2011 05:34 PM

Much better than OOma ever was.......yeah..

monkeybiz 05-28-2011 08:12 PM

This thing worked great for local calls, both incoming and outgoing. But it's pushing the limits of my pathetic 1.5DSL from Qwest. My voice was really garbled when I called across the state but I"m not surprised. Supposed to be upgrading broadband in August. At least I'm not paying Qwest for phone service anymore. Best $39 gadget around!

Probedude 05-30-2011 07:30 PM

Bought another to send to the wife's daughter.

hmrambling 06-12-2011 03:30 PM

The Obi100 is still $39.99. I want to connect my cordless landline and ditch my telephone company. I just signed up for Google Voice & linked my Sprint mobile number. I have a couple of questions. Will my Sprint mobile number also work on cordless landline phone (because I signed up with Google Voice with that number)? Does the Obi100 give me a new number? Thanks

KodiakAlaska 07-05-2011 02:25 PM

Thw Obi100 sale is back on again until 7/11 [obitalk.com]


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