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See here for some good tutorials on setting up the Obi.

You can switch your current landline number into a Google Voice account to retain your phone number on a free Obi phone line.
To port your landline to GV:
  • Get ahold of an old Page Plus or Verizon cell phone that isn't being used. Port your existing landline to Page Plus for free through their website.
  • Fill out the port form and put in your landline number and the old PP cell phone's ESN or MEID number (from under the battery) and wait a couple of days for it to go through. You will know that the port is complete, when dialing your landline rings on the cell phone.
  • Once the account is active, buy $10 worth of minutes from PagePlus in order to receive the verification call from GV.
  • Now you can initiate the GV port. It's a good idea to open a new Gmail account. You can then setup all emails that come to that account (all the voicemails notifications) to be forwarded to your main Gmail account. Login to GV from the new account and port in your number. It will cost $20, and you will get an email when the port to GV is complete.
Using the above method will only have incoming Caller ID numbers, not names. If you want names as well, follow these steps:
  • Go to https://www.callcentric.com/, click Products, then click the yellow Get A Number button next to Free Phone Number.
  • Use the tool on the left to pick an area code, then order the number. It doesnít have to be something memorable, because no one will ever have to dial it.
  • When it asks if youíre in US/Canada, either select Yes to use their E911 service, or No if you want to use something else. Callcentric setup is free, plus $1.50/mo if you want E911 services. See below for more details.
  • After you receive a confirmation email from Callcentric with your new account info, go to obitalk.com, and log into your Obi. Click SP2, scroll down to OBiTALK Compatible Service Providers, then click Next. Follow the prompts to link your Callcentric account. In the box that says Callcentric Number, enter the 1777 number you got in the email. Uncheck Primary Line for Outgoing Calls and 911.
  • Open Google Voice, go into Settings, and add a forwarding phone. Enter the real phone number you got in the email from Callcentric. Google will call it to confirm; it should ring on your Obi. Answer it and enter the code shown by GV.
  • Uncheck forward to Google Chat.
  • Log into your Callcentric account. Click Preferences. Under General, enable Caller ID with name (Inbound calls). (You can also change the maximum call duration, and unlist yourself from the directory).
or this for a $5 one time fee.
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If youíre not using Callcentric, you have to set up SP3 in Obi settings to point to your E911 providerís account.
E911 providers:
Callcentric$18/year ($1.50/mo) + $1.50 setup
Anveo$15/year
http://www.gv911.com/$12/year
http://www.bulkvs.com/e911.html$8.64/year ($0.72/mo)

If you want the SP2 to ring like the standard US ringtone:
go to obi expert config, then to voice service, select sp2, and change it to this:
X_ServProvProfile B
X_RingProfile   A
X_CodecProfile   A
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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2011, 07:24:58 PM »
if you want to have 911 service, or any other reason you can imagine.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2011, 07:51:22 PM »
sorry im tryin to figure out which model to get.... and still dnt rly get the diff


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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #77 on: June 14, 2011, 08:35:05 PM »

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #78 on: June 14, 2011, 09:16:02 PM »
ok so wat does "bridging calls between landline and voip service" do?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2011, 10:05:21 PM »
http://obihai.com/features-and-set-up.html
# You control the way the OBi connects calls. For example, OBi lets you use your home telephone service to make local, long distance or international calls from the road using your mobile phone or laptop computer.
# You can direct calls to go in the most cost-effective direction by using OBi endpoints to bridge services. You can ultimately route calls in ways that your mobile or land line service provider cannot or would not do!

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #80 on: June 15, 2011, 12:11:18 AM »
thanx  but still not sure what that means

if gonna cancel home fone service will this all make a diff?

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« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2011, 12:20:54 AM »
no

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #82 on: July 19, 2011, 07:38:47 PM »
how exactly port land line to att go phone (and then to GV)?

I have an unused att gophone...

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #83 on: July 19, 2011, 08:07:54 PM »
with a sim? call at&t and tell them you would like to port you # over (might be doable online, I don't know)

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #84 on: July 21, 2011, 12:32:07 PM »
thanx!  ...the phone isnt active.. do i need to buy minutes and activate?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #85 on: July 21, 2011, 01:13:05 PM »
thanx!  ...the phone isnt active.. do i need to buy minutes and activate?
i believe you have to activate but dont have 2 add min

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #86 on: July 21, 2011, 01:15:09 PM »
i believe you have to activate but dont have 2 add min
BUT without minutes, if there is any gap in activating Google Voice you will miss calls. Also often you get bonus minutes upon activation.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #87 on: July 21, 2011, 04:27:20 PM »
BUT without minutes, if there is any gap in activating Google Voice you will miss calls. Also often you get bonus minutes upon activation.
deff. true!! but you'll have a gap anyhow since it doesn't transfer instantly,

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #88 on: August 04, 2011, 04:25:39 PM »
if cancel cablevision phone service (cuz have obi) will be able to get their $30 plan phone only plan?
will be able to keep it after 1st yr?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #89 on: August 04, 2011, 04:28:57 PM »
if cancel cablevision phone service (cuz have obi) will be able to get their $30 plan phone only plan?
will be able to keep it after 1st yr?
You mean $30 internet only plan? See here it's available for $30 for a year. After that they will raise you but if the offer is still around you should be able to get the price by either threatening to cancel or by actually cancelling.