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Obihai OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Built-In 2-Port Router & USB Port EXPIRED

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Newegg has Obihai OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Built-In 2-Port Router & USB Port for $72 - $12 off with promo code EMCXTWL67 = $60. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated

Price Research: Our research indicates that Obihai OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Built-In 2-Port Router & USB Port is $15 lower (20% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $75 to $84. - yuugotserved

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#46
One thing to note with the Obi202 and the ObiBT. With a hub, the Obi202 can be set up with two BT dongles.
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#47
Quote from Discombobulated View Post :
Obihai OBi202 VoIP Telephone
Obihai always makes me think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1lJFlB-89Q
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If my phone is setup next to my router, I would not need a Obi Wifi, right? TIA.
That's correct, and exactly how my setup is.

Quote from baluvee View Post :
why Obihai OBI302 VoIP Telephone Adapter with 2-Phone Ports, Router & USB is less priced compare to 202 ?
They made the numbering system confusing. 110>100, but 202>302. The 302 is a dumbed down 202 that doesn't work with Google Voice.
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#49
Is there any way for me to set up a new google voice account (new number) to use the Obihai without having to enter a forwarding number?
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Is there any way for me to set up a new google voice account (new number) to use the Obihai without having to enter a forwarding number?
You need to set up a forwarding number just to verify the google voice account. After it is verified you can just delete it. That is what I did. Get a throwaway cell phone or sim card, Just borrow someones phone, you can actually use a pay phone, work phone whatever just so long someone is there to answer and get the 2 digit verification code.
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#51
In for two!

Man, I've been shopping like crazy these past two months so I need to slow down!
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This will probably arrive today but I'm sending it back now that I'm getting two Obihai VoIP telephone adapters, one for me and one for my mom. I originally ordered another Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 for my mom just to run the magicJack Android app since she doesn't have a landline and was always using up her 300 monthly T-Mobile minutes.
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#52
i'm somewhat confused...

I have a landline service and I intend to keep it, so should I get OBi110 only since it's the only model that has a line port? I can still get a OBi202 and use it separately, right?

Also, why does 202 have two phone ports? What can you use the 2nd phone port for?

Sorry, newbie here...
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#53
I'm confused too. My 1 year contract with Vonage just ended, and Vonage is way too expensive and international calls often have lots of drop-outs. Every time I see one of these threads, I try to read it and still don't understand the dozens of different alternatives of devices and services, so I never do anything. The FAQ in the thread helps but isn't enough. The little table about Obi adapters doesn't help me because I don't know which service I want or how it'll be connected. I don't even know the international phone rates which requires digging into the web site of every possible service. It feels like hours or even days of research are required.

Besides a cell phone which everyone has, I have a land line from my cable service provider which is also used for the alarm system and on rare occasion FAXing. The land line does not have a long distance or international plan because they are too expensive ($5 + 7c a minute, I think). I was told I can't get rid of the land line because of the alarm. I already have a router and wired Ethernet throughout the house going to a central box where I can put an adapter. I just want something that will give me the cheapest possible international calling within the US and Mexico (other countries would be nice but aren't necessary) to other land lines that is more reliable than Vonage. Most months several hundred minutes of calls are made (never exceeded a thousand minutes though). The people receiving the calls in Mexico are not able to use a computer for VOIP and do not have any VOIP devices, so the service must call land lines.

Based on this, I don't know what service I want or how much it'll cost so I don't know if the Obi202 would be right for me. I guess I wouldn't need this E911 stuff because I already have a land line?

I guess I'll continue to pay about $35 to Vonage for crappy connections until I find these answers or a quick and easy to read FAQ that covers all the VOIP devices and services somewhere. I don't have hours to burn reading about this stuff on the Internet. Too bad there's no "VOIP Store" where I can go and have a human explain all the options to me.
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I'm confused too. My 1 year contract with Vonage just ended, and Vonage is way too expensive and international calls often have lots of drop-outs. Every time I see one of these threads, I try to read it and still don't understand the dozens of different alternatives of devices and services, so I never do anything. The FAQ in the thread helps but isn't enough. The little table about Obi adapters doesn't help me because I don't know which service I want or how it'll be connected. I don't even know the international phone rates which requires digging into the web site of every possible service. It feels like hours or even days of research are required.

Besides a cell phone which everyone has, I have a land line from my cable service provider which is also used for the alarm system and on rare occasion FAXing. The land line does not have a long distance or international plan because they are too expensive ($5 + 7c a minute, I think). I was told I can't get rid of the land line because of the alarm. I already have a router and wired Ethernet throughout the house going to a central box where I can put an adapter. I just want something that will give me the cheapest possible international calling within the US and Mexico (other countries would be nice but aren't necessary) to other land lines that is more reliable than Vonage. Most months several hundred minutes of calls are made (never exceeded a thousand minutes though). The people receiving the calls in Mexico are not able to use a computer for VOIP and do not have any VOIP devices, so the service must call land lines.

Based on this, I don't know what service I want or how much it'll cost so I don't know if the Obi202 would be right for me. I guess I wouldn't need this E911 stuff because I already have a land line?

I guess I'll continue to pay about $35 to Vonage for crappy connections until I find these answers or a quick and easy to read FAQ that covers all the VOIP devices and services somewhere. I don't have hours to burn reading about this stuff on the Internet. Too bad there's no "VOIP Store" where I can go and have a human explain all the options to me.
Start with google voice (which currently has no monthly fees): https://www.google.com/voice/rates#M
Those are rates to Mexico. US and Canada are free.

There may well be other VOIP providers that bundle mexico unlimited calls for some monthly rate. Or, if you call the same 1-2 people in Mexico, get them Obi devices and call each other for free.

The 110 device will allow you to "bridge" your current landline to the VOIP services so you only need 1 set of phones and you can call using either line. If you get a 100/202 you need another set of phones to use for that specifically.
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Start with google voice (which currently has no monthly fees): https://www.google.com/voice/rates#M
Those are rates to Mexico. US and Canada are free.

There may well be other VOIP providers that bundle mexico unlimited calls for some monthly rate. Or, if you call the same 1-2 people in Mexico, get them Obi devices and call each other for free.

The 110 device will allow you to "bridge" your current landline to the VOIP services so you only need 1 set of phones and you can call using either line. If you get a 100/202 you need another set of phones to use for that specifically.
Thanks for the info. My house is wired so that I can make a 2nd line anywhere in the house. In fact, my current Vonage is a 2nd line plugged into the existing CAT5 lines along with the land line for the 1st line. I'd like to replace the Vonage adapter with something else that will become a 2nd line for VOIP calls. Do I need the 110 or 202 for that?

Basically, apart from the price and poor call quality, Vonage is OK. I just want something a lot cheaper and more reliable. Right now if we paid $5 + 500 minutes @ 7c each that our land line provider charges, it's more expensive than Vonage @ $35 for "unlimited" minutes. There must be some equivalent provider where I can get up to 1000 nationwide or international minutes for under $20 a month?
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Thanks for the info. My house is wired so that I can make a 2nd line anywhere in the house. In fact, my current Vonage is a 2nd line plugged into the existing CAT5 lines along with the land line for the 1st line. I'd like to replace the Vonage adapter with something else that will become a 2nd line for VOIP calls. Do I need the 110 or 202 for that?

Basically, apart from the price and poor call quality, Vonage is OK. I just want something a lot cheaper and more reliable. Right now if we paid $5 + 500 minutes @ 7c each that our land line provider charges, it's more expensive than Vonage @ $35 for "unlimited" minutes. There must be some equivalent provider where I can get up to 1000 nationwide or international minutes for under $20 a month?
If you don't need to bridge your landline then the 100 or 202 will work fine. It'll be just like your vonage adapter. The 202 just has more options for multiple voip providers and such. I got the 202 so I can be future proofed for $20 more. Also, if you're not familiar with router settings for QoS the 202 handles that to maintain good call quality if you are using your internet for other things. What speed connection do you have? Vonage shouldn't be that unreliable IMO.

You'll have to do your own research on VOIP providers that bundle Mexico - although at 2c/min even with GV.. it's a lot of talking before you hit $35/mo.
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#57
Quote from benjasmine View Post :
i'm somewhat confused...

I have a landline service and I intend to keep it, so should I get OBi110 only since it's the only model that has a line port? I can still get a OBi202 and use it separately, right?

Also, why does 202 have two phone ports? What can you use the 2nd phone port for?

Sorry, newbie here...

Unless someone paid you the landline, no reason to keep it (most companies allow you to get internet dryrun w/o landline). OBI +internet can replace it.

Having said that, yes, obi 110 is the one you should get with landline, and you can use 202 separately.

the 202 has 2 ports for you to set up whatever you do want, e.g.

* separate your business phone from the personal phone, do not ring up[ one of them during certain hours.

* use one of the port for dedicated fax etc etc
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Thanks for the info. My house is wired so that I can make a 2nd line anywhere in the house. In fact, my current Vonage is a 2nd line plugged into the existing CAT5 lines along with the land line for the 1st line. I'd like to replace the Vonage adapter with something else that will become a 2nd line for VOIP calls. Do I need the 110 or 202 for that?

Basically, apart from the price and poor call quality, Vonage is OK. I just want something a lot cheaper and more reliable. Right now if we paid $5 + 500 minutes @ 7c each that our land line provider charges, it's more expensive than Vonage @ $35 for "unlimited" minutes. There must be some equivalent provider where I can get up to 1000 nationwide or international minutes for under $20 a month?
Just got this in my email today. Would this help you? $9.99/mo for unlimited local and long distance. Haven't checked all the details but might be worth a look.

https://subscribe.vonage.com/plan
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#59
I bought it though today I read the article that google is consolidating into google babble and not sure how that will work with this?
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#60
Sorry, newbie questions here

Could I use this to replace my Verizon landline? I presume I would still need internet service. I currently have triple play from Verizon - I have flat rate calling in the US and my only international calls are to Ireland for which I use Skype from the handset to landines. But I want to do away with TV and phone to save money. Last time I checked though it wasn't that big a saving to from Triple Play vs. internet only.

I've read the posts here and the reviews of this on Newegg but still not clear on how it works. Does it connect to one's existing router from internet provider? Can you then connect a regular phone to the device?
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