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Polycom OBi200 1-Port VoIP Google Voice Digital Internet Telephone Adapter EXPIRED

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Amazon has Polycom OBi200 1-Port VoIP (Voice Over IP) Digital Internet Telephone Adapter w/ Google Voice, SIP & Fax Support for $39.99. Shipping is free.

Newegg also has Polycom OBi200 1-Port VoIP (Voice Over IP) Digital Internet Telephone Adapter w/ Google Voice, SIP & Fax Support for $39.99Shipping is free.

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About this item:
  • Formerly known as the "OBIHAI OBi200"
  • How it works:
    • Using this device along with your existing broadband Internet connection, you can make and receive phone calls using a multitude of VoIP services for free or at a fraction of the cost a traditional telco would charge.
    • Use Google Voice with the OBi and enjoy free calls inside the USA and Canada.
    • Call internationally at amazingly low rates to over 150 destinations.
    • When someone calls, ring multiple OBi devices, anywhere.
    • Block unwanted nuisance and tele-marketer calls.
    • Features: Caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting, 3-way calls, faxing
    • Voicemail that acts like email
  • Designed, developed and supported in the USA
  • Limited 1 year warranty
  • Ports
    • 1x Phone Port for connection to a telephone or fax machine
    • 1x Ethernet port for connection to a home router

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No one can guarantee that they will be alive tomorrow and everything spent today was just a waste. The thing here with this box is that in two months you are well into the plus side. The rumors of its demise have been going on for ten plus years and I have had the service working perfectly for those ten plus years. Two months of a similar service are going to set you back $60. Yes all actions are a gamble but this is one of the few sure ones that will see profit in very short order.

In my case I was paying close close to $50 a month for a landline, at 11 years in to the OBi that has saved me $6520. It's been one of the best deals ever and a cell phone as a replacement is just not really feasible or convenient.

GV on a cellphone is a lame and clunky solution. No cellphone will run the 7 years that my Obi did without a need for a new battery. Just the cost of the cellphones would be higher. A cellphone has to be constantly charged and constantly updated. Cellphones are not grandma friendly in the least, try to guide grandma though an Android update and you will know what I mean. The OBi is set and forget and will run for years on end and the non tech savvy will think they just have a phone. My Obi 110 ran for 7 years without touching it. Ergonomics and voice quality is better even on a cheap handset and I can have multiple handsets strewn through the house for a phone to be in easy reach. Those handsets can sit on the sofa for a month or more without needing to be charged.

On top of that a cellphone can not handle four lines as the OBi does and lacks almost all the convenience features that are native to the OBi. I can have distinctive rings for calls to the wife and calls to my business that are handled by the same phone. I can run a whole house full of phones off existing wiring. I can fax when need be and I can do some serious telephony with the built in star codes. You can even set these things up to act as intercoms and have speed dials to local services. It is a feature rich device designed to do one thing which is telephony, a cell phone is designed to do many and lacks in dedicated features for just true phone use. Just the fact of needing constant charging points that out quite clearly.

I get it, it may not be what you need in particular but if your comments dissuade someone that can truly use it to save thousands you have done a disservice to other SD members. Not being your cup of tea and the service being taken away from you for no reason are two different things. The service has been going on ten plus years and there has always been talk of it being taken away but that has never happened. I can't predict the future but for something that puts you in the positive cash flow in a month it may be worth the gamble.

It's a great and dirt cheap box that has telephone features that no cell phone can touch. There are many people that still find a great need for just a phone. Personally I'd give up my cell before I would the Obi. Yes the cell is invaluable when on the road but I find them little use at home. A regular handset is a better device to make and take calls on. My handsets must be pushing fifteen years and still are running strong. In that period I have probably been through 6 cells. Many cells don't even have replaceable batteries which is a real big downside.
Presuming a reliable internet connection, it would be perfect for a business. If anything, Google Voice (VoIP) is more flexible and provides far more convenient options than a typical landline.

Whether a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. You can pick make and pick-up calls on any device where you are logged into your Google Account and have it enabled (Google Voice application on Android/iOS and Chrome Extension for Windows/macOS/Linux). You can have access to your messages and voicemails wherever you are physically located. You can also set-up call forwarding to other phone numbers. You can have e-mail notifications for missed calls and voicemails. You can SMS/MMS and GV supports group messaging and short-code. There is a ton of flexibility and features you can use with GV.

This box is magic as you can connect it to Ethernet for a stable internet connection and have it hooked up to physical phones via phone jacks, intended for landlines. And have it run on Google Voice which is a hyper-flexible service.
I use one of these in my beach rentals so I don't have to have phone service. It's minimal bandwidth and e911 is cheap to add on. If you have robust firewall rules, you may have to open some ports. Stable and works well.

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Just bought one from Amazon warehouse for $35 last week. Ended up being open box and never activated with full Polycom warranty on activation. Was listed as used-acceptable. I'm guessing it had to do with the flaky initial registration process.
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Amazon also has the same deal, with 2 days free shipping with Prime
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Assuming a reliable internet connection, is this reliable enough for a small business?
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I use one of these in my beach rentals so I don't have to have phone service. It's minimal bandwidth and e911 is cheap to add on. If you have robust firewall rules, you may have to open some ports. Stable and works well.
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Assuming a reliable internet connection, is this reliable enough for a small business?
Presuming a reliable internet connection, it would be perfect for a business. If anything, Google Voice (VoIP) is more flexible and provides far more convenient options than a typical landline.

Whether a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. You can pick make and pick-up calls on any device where you are logged into your Google Account and have it enabled (Google Voice application on Android/iOS and Chrome Extension for Windows/macOS/Linux). You can have access to your messages and voicemails wherever you are physically located. You can also set-up call forwarding to other phone numbers. You can have e-mail notifications for missed calls and voicemails. You can SMS/MMS and GV supports group messaging and short-code. There is a ton of flexibility and features you can use with GV.

This box is magic as you can connect it to Ethernet for a stable internet connection and have it hooked up to physical phones via phone jacks, intended for landlines. And have it run on Google Voice which is a hyper-flexible service.
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Assuming a reliable internet connection, is this reliable enough for a small business?
The device is very reliable once configured. However it would be dependent on whatever service provider you use for your voip phone service. I have a couple numbers with Google voice and it has never gone down.
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I see there are other versions that have two ports- is that only so you can make/receive two calls at the same time or could I put a splitter on this box and connect a phone and fax? Or, even plug it into my home phone wiring and then use any/all of the ports in the house for phones? With the understanding with a single port I could only make/receive one call at a time.
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Thanks OP, ordered one from Amazon -Smilie
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Can this be used to fax?
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I bought this on the last deal and apparently it doesn't work if you use any sort of serious firewall. I have approached support several times and they sent me the standard troubleshooting steps which do not work. I have not taken the device outside of my network to see if the device is a problem where it's my network.
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I have used this device for the last 3 years with google voice and it works great/3 lines...once in s while hace to reset or trouble shoot but that's because by of my ISP...
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I bought this on the last deal and apparently it doesn't work if you use any sort of serious firewall. I have approached support several times and they sent me the standard troubleshooting steps which do not work. I have not taken the device outside of my network to see if the device is a problem where it's my network.
Seriously firewall? Like...
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Assuming a reliable internet connection, is this reliable enough for a small business?
Been using an older model for last 6 years and not a single issue.
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