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Amazon has the Obi200 Voip adapter for $39.98 after applying coupon code OBIDEAL1 at checkout.

Works With Google Voice
Easy To Set-Up
Also Supports T.38 Fax And Sip Bring Your Own Device Services Like Anveo Callcentric, VoIP. MS, Etc.
Works with Google Voice
Easy to Set-Up Using OBiTALK.com
Also Supports T.38 Fax and SIP Bring Your Own Device Services like Anveo Callcentric, Voip.ms, etc.
Works with Up to Four (4) VoIP Services Across One (1) Phone Port
1x USB for Obihai Accessories OBiWiFi and OBiBT

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Last Edited by pug_ster January 24, 2017 at 11:38 AM
Just a friendly PSA to dispel some myths out there before you decide to purchase this Obihai Voip adapter. 1) You don't have to pay $10 support fee to Obihai 2) You can get your existing Obihai 100/110 to work with google voice and 3) If you don't have an obihai adapter, you can buy an generic SIP voip adapter to work using google voice. Read more info in my post.

https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=95558896&postcount=9

Another thing. The EOL message is just that, Obihai is ending support for this device. It should work after 1/31/17, assuming that you have made the appropriate firmware update for GV or using it as an generic SIP adapter.

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I received an email from Obihai today ...

"EOL: End of Life for the OBi100 and OBi110

On August 12, 2016, the OBi100 and OBi110 were announced End of Life (EOL). With EOL, Obihai will no longer develop and release software updates for these devices. 2017 is also the last year you can purchase Premium Support for the OBi100 and OBi110.

The OBi100 and OBi110 were great products – paving the way for the newer generation of OBi VoIP devices with higher-performance and more advanced features. Specifically, the OBi2 Series products – the OBi200 is the replacement products for the OBi100 and OBi110. We also have the OBi202 to serve the same purpose, but with a second phone port and a built-in Ethernet router/switch port."
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Was $30 or less from Newegg.
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This is the second EOL Email I got from OBI. I can only remind folks that a friend of mine with a 100, paid for 1 year support deal last August. There will be no reason for any one to Jump unless those who paid the $10 are getting free 200's. Maybe that is the plan, but I doubt it..

I like the free service, but I feel like when they played the last round of extortion (pay $10 for support) only to find I could do it manually, I will wait. I bet those who payed will have a backup rom that will be available some where on the net.

Further, those with google hangouts on their tablets or phones will not need the device unless they plan to fax. I answer a lot of calls on my tablet rather than pick up the old school phone. Android devices are updated automatically for a price we can all afford, FREE.

If OBI decides to kill the 100, 110, while supporting the ones who paid the $10, it will because THEY killed the devices via the net. That will make it harder yet to believe in the product any more. Who knows when the next extortion email will com for your 200+ device?

If you had a say a Linksys router, and they demanded more money to continue to use it what would you do? Buy another Linksys?

IDK, but this whole idea to pay for updates, while the thing was designed to do it automatically looses its promise to replace land lines. I had one in my moms and she had no idea why her phone was down. Yea I was king for a day when I brought my laptop over and fixed it, but now that they disabled system wide updates, I lost the user confidence. I am spending my time teaching them how to use the tablet now..
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Obi is a parasite that can not survive or prosper without google. The problem is that google has no interest in anyone but google. Googles business is predicated on data aggregation, obi at this point is not able to provide google the comprehensive data that Google Hangouts is able to provide for Google.

So Google will inevitably phase out support for Obi, just like it did to many other parasites several years ago (including google talk).

Obi will have issues as they go forward. A one time cost model is just not going to work for them. Their attempt to create a reacquiring revenue backfired on them ($10 support fee). The cost for a obi device is about a cost of a low end cellphone, trying to justify an old paradigm of communication against Googles feature reach Hangouts with a low entry level (low end cellphone) is very difficult task to undertake.

Ironically, Obis demise will be by the hand that feeds it, Google. And Google does have a vast history of backstabbing many who helped it grow to the giant it is today. Obi is just another sacrificial pawn piece.




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When I bought my OBI, I thought I was buying VOIP adapter I owned. I figured it was like a modem or router. This shenanigans about paying them to continue using a free google service is just plain wrong. It is like paying to use my head phones.. I would recommend a 5 year Magic Jack at this point. When or If they kill it, well it will be done for me.. I get too many solicitors on the google voice # now any way..
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I received an email from OBIHai announcing EOL for OBI100 and OBI110 devices, also offering $10 off coupon for getting OBI200 from amazon. Free shipping and no tax, I guess for most states. YMMV off-course.

Seems like a generic coupon so I dont see any reason that it cannot be applied by everyone.

Seller - Obihai Technology, Inc.
Coupon Code - OBIDEAL1
Valid till Sunday, January 30 2017 or till supplies run out
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I received an email from Obihai today ...

"EOL: End of Life for the OBi100 and OBi110

On August 12, 2016, the OBi100 and OBi110 were announced End of Life (EOL). With EOL, Obihai will no longer develop and release software updates for these devices. 2017 is also the last year you can purchase Premium Support for the OBi100 and OBi110.
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This is the second EOL Email I got from OBI. I can only remind folks that a friend of mine with a 100, paid for 1 year support deal last August. There will be no reason for any one to Jump unless those who paid the $10 are getting free 200's. Maybe that is the plan, but I doubt it..
You don't have to pay the $10 extortion fees to obihai. I wrote up a thread of how you can update the firmware without paying the $10 fees. I'm still using the obi110.

https://slickdeals.net/e/8825511-psa-obihai-100-110-not-working-in-google-voice-fix?v=1&src=SiteSearch

The update has to do with the OAUTH 2.0 authentication and the old firmware where you save your google password to obihai whereas the OAUTH 2.0 doesn't have to anymore.

If you want to be fully independent from obihai's support of google voice while using google voice, I recommend using Simonics google voice gateway.

http://nerdvittles.com/?p=12807

It cost $5.99 but $4.99 if you go to the link above, this is an one time fee. Basically, you set up Simonics as your GV gateway and use your obihai as SIP authenication, so essentially, you don't need obihai anymore, but use an generic SIP adapter instead. Not just that, one plus with this service is that you also get Caller ID which was absent with Google Voice alone.
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Thank you and repped. Now I will pull out my Obi100 and try to see if I can get it working again. It have been a long time and probably on a very old firmware.

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You don't have to pay the $10 extortion fees to obihai. I wrote up a thread of how you can update the firmware without paying the $10 fees. I'm still using the obi110.

https://slickdeals.net/e/8825511-psa-obihai-100-110-not-working-in-google-voice-fix?v=1&src=SiteSearch

The update has to do with the OAUTH 2.0 authentication and the old firmware where you save your google password to obihai whereas the OAUTH 2.0 doesn't have to anymore.

If you want to be fully independent from obihai's support of google voice while using google voice, I recommend using Simonics google voice gateway.

http://nerdvittles.com/?p=12807

It cost $5.99 but $4.99 if you go to the link above, this is an one time fee. Basically, you set up Simonics as your GV gateway and use your obihai as SIP authenication, so essentially, you don't need obihai anymore, but use an generic SIP adapter instead. Not just that, one plus with this service is that you also get Caller ID which was absent with Google Voice alone.
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Yes, I see that now. I dont know why it did not show up when I searched for it... twice. Good deal nonetheless.
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When I bought my OBI, I thought I was buying VOIP adapter I owned. I figured it was like a modem or router. This shenanigans about paying them to continue using a free google service is just plain wrong. It is like paying to use my head phones.. I would recommend a 5 year Magic Jack at this point. When or If they kill it, well it will be done for me.. I get too many solicitors on the google voice # now any way..
I believe the charge is for AUTOMATIC updates to software. You can always manually update the unit yourself. I have installed many units over the years and never had to pay Obi a cent for services.
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I believe the charge is for AUTOMATIC updates to software. You can always manually update the unit yourself. I have installed many units over the years and never had to pay Obi a cent for services.
I take the EOL messages as a waning that they plan to pull the plug on the 100 and 110. We shall see.. Yes I had to manually update after the first update that rolled out suspiciously staggered last year over several months and reset to factory and re install this year on several units myself.
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