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Been using this with Callcentric for 911 service ($2.95 per month). No issues for the past 3 years.
I've also been using Callcentric for a while (at least since 2013) for e911 and CNAM. I wouldn't want phone without CNAM, so the (now) $2.50/month is worth it to me. We still have a kid at home, so want e911 as well.

That being said, our home phone is dying a slow death. We rarely answer it any more, and just use it to make calls if we know we will be on the phone for more than 15 minutes or so since the cordless is easier to deal with than cellular for extended periods.
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I had bad luck with these things. I had the OBi302. It lasted 2months. After two months the Solid Red light started blinking. I contacted OBI support and they sent me to this site where I could troubleshoot it myself. https://www.obitalk.com/info/supp...leshooting After spending hrs trying to fix it I was able to get the Alternating Red/Green. But I still couldn't make calls.

I wouldn't buy this. I did everything I could think of but nothing. I paid $45 for it and it's collecting dust somewhere in the house. BTW. I deal with computers all day long so I do know how to fix things on my own. Good luck.
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Google Voice is not recommended for business use. That's what Google Voice for G Suite is for (not that I would ever recommend it). Apparently, G Suite support is abysmal.
If you peruse the Google Voice support forums you'll find a lot of posts by people who were using GV for their business and Google shut down their account due to "abuse." That usually happens because the account received or made too many calls/texts in a short period of time. And since Google released G Suite they are clamping down on this. Google has some algorithm that determines what constitutes "abuse" but won't tell you what it is because they don't want people to "game" the system.

If it were me, I'd be looking at one of the well known VoIP providers like Callcentric, VoIP.ms, Phonepower or Anveo*. They are all very reliable and almost guaranteed to be cheaper than what you're paying Comcast. And they all could be easily configured on an OBi device. The OBi device has built in wizards for those providers and at least a dozen others which makes configuring your OBi device pretty easy.

*For most people there's a steep learning curve to effectively use Anveo. And if I remember correctly, you get a couple free trouble tickets and after that they charge you for support.
I would not use Phonepower. They used to have auto provisioning for Obi devices, but dropped it a couple of years ago. There are real problems making a connection now, as it gets dropped. The techs have no idea how to fix it. I have a 202, and had to drop back to my old 110 just to make calls. Set up a GV account. It works fine. Did have to port my number to a cell first, and pay the $20 GV one time fee. I also use Voip.ms for toll-free routing to my GV line. Very low cost. I would use them for a second line, second DID for fax, except you have to manually provision their line on the OBI. Although there are instructions, Voip.ms does not provide support or set-up assistance. After going through many attempted manual provisioning iterations with Phonepower, I just haven't wanted to try it. Probably works fine, but not for me yet.
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You do have to pay for 911 service which is $15/year.

Polycom scares me, I worry they will drop support for the product and/or google voice. The more recent OBI models say service from a Polycom partner. I've used it for a few years now and really don't want to loose it. But I'd guess if we did loose it we would get rid of the home phone and route that number to the cell phones.
Probably you could get one of those landline phones that let you connect a mobile via Bluetooth. Then put your GV "landline" number on a wifi only burner phone. Would be the same as obihais but probably less reliable because of wifi
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I just signed up with Voip.ms the other day on a Obi110 that I have and so far, so good.
Glad to hear that. How well did their instructions work to provision your OBI?
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Glad to hear that. How well did their instructions work to provision your OBI?
Everything went pretty well. I followed their guide word for word including resetting the device since it was previously used on google voice. It took me about 15 minutes to setup the voip.ms account and program the obi. Voice quality sounds great and I was able to get a low latency connection to one of their two D.C. servers.
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I would not use Phonepower. They used to have auto provisioning for Obi devices, but dropped it a couple of years ago.
Not exactly. Phonepower is no longer an "Approved Service Provider" for Obihai. However, they still have a setup wizard for Phonepower that automatically configures your OBi for Phonepower. Still, I have read many similar comments as yours regarding Phonepower so I probably wouldn't really recommend them unless using their ATA and not an OBi device. The problem is how Phonepower handles multiple registration attempts.

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I also use Voip.ms for toll-free routing to my GV line.
How does that work? Outbound/inbound calls to/from VoIP.ms are not toll-free unless routed via SIP URI or they are actual toll-free numbers (800, 866, etc).

You do realize the OBi has a setup wizard for VoIP.ms? You shouldn't have to set it up manually.
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Other than the name change from Obihai to Polycom, is there any technical or performance difference to the Obi200?
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When it is a spare line that you're setting up or one that you occasionally use for faxing there is absolutely no reason to pay for e-911 services on it, like one out of every four posts on here someone is blabbering about paying for e-911 service on the VoIP service, which is ridiculous. If you're using it for an entire house full of kids and grandparents, then yeah it makes sense, but the vast majority people don't use it forever that, and besides, all of your cellular phones already include those fees and you're being forced to pay it so you get those services on your cellular phone already.If everyone in your house has a cell phone then being forced to pay e911 is just another soulless cash extraction.
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Other than the name change from Obihai to Polycom, is there any technical or performance difference for the Obi200?
Nope. Same device with different labeling. And when you login to the device locally with the newer firmware it says Polycom instead of Obihai but all the settings are the same.
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Nope. Same device with different labeling. And when you login to the device locally with the newer firmware it says Polycom instead of Obihai but all the settings are the same.
Thanks much. Glad to hear my Obihai labeled Obi200 is still up-to-date.
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Wanted to get this for my folks, who were paying over $90 a month for an AT&T land line. Crazy right? Their router is on top of a centrally located 8ft entertainment center so I had to go with Ooma Telo because it's wifi and can be connected anywhere within range. It's another option for people wanting to cut the cord and haven't easy access to their router. Monthly federal taxes with 911 services are ~$4 to $5 a month.
Why not just place the Obi near the entertainment center and connect a handset base to it. phone only needs to be on it when needing a charge and the handset can be kept somewhere else more convenient when charged. Other handsets can be placed wherever you like. No need for wifi at all.
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Hey so I found a YouTube tutorial about how to set up the device with Google Voice.
So if I have this box, I should be able to make calls just like calling form my computer right? Meaning no monthly cost besides the Google Voice long distance call charge?
You don't need this device if you're just going to make calls from your computer. This device is if you still want to connect your old brick phones to it. Google Voice is free for smartphones and PCs already.
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I've been using Google Voice paired with ObiHai since about day 2 of their existence. Worked great for a long while. After some time they needed to make money so they pushed out firmware updates that disabled your original device. Essentially planned obsolescence. I found several ways around that and was using Obi110 until about late last year. I set up my parents and my other older relatives with Google Voice service and all have been very happy. I think the best part of this is that you can essentially make calls to just about any country for dirt cheap. I have set my folks up so they can call from their cell phones and calls routed through Google voice. That same call on their cell phone would cost a ton of cash but being rooted through GV it's at the rate of landline call. Totally worth it for old folk and especially those that have relatives overseas.
How did you route their cell phones through GV? Is it by using the GV app?
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Still prefer VoIP phone, much more functions than this box
I really doubt that. The Obi box has some very advanced features that I have seen no Voip provider provide. Just the ability to manage four phone lines with the one box is one of the bigger ones . The Obi paired with the feature set of GV it makes for a very robust phone system that can just about do anything you need.

Here are just the features controlled by star codes
*05 Redial Last Called Number Until Ring or Answer (Periodically)
*06 Cancel the Last Repeat Dial Request
*07 Redial
*69 Call Return
*81 Block Caller ID (Persistent Mode)
*82 Unblock Caller ID (Persistent Mode)
*67 Block Caller ID (One Time)
*68 Unblock Caller ID (One Time)
*72 Call Forward All (Enter Number + #)
*73 Disable Call Forward All
*60 Call Forward on Busy (Enter Number + #)
*61 Disable Call Forward in Busy
*62 Call Forward on No Answer (Enter Number + #)
*63 Disable Call Forward No Answer
*77 Block Anonymous Calls
*87 Unblock Anonymous Calls
*56 Enable Call Waiting
*57 Disable Call Waiting
*66 Repeat Dial
*86 Disable Repeat Dial
*78 Do Not Disturb - Turn On
*79 Do Not Disturb – Disable
*74 Speed Dial Set-Up (Enter SD No. [1-99] then Tel No. + #)
*75 Speed Dial Read-Back (Enter SD No.)
*76 Clear a Speed Dial (Enter SD No.)
*96 Barge-In
*98 Blind Transfer

Between those and the more advanced features along with the GV settings that can be tweaked to you liking it's semi mimics a PBX system.
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