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IF YOUR OBI NEEDS UPDATES SEE HERE

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).
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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

You can add your CID http://www.listyourself.net/ListYourself/listing.jsp?ID=new
and check your CID http://who.scalling.com/411/

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1640 on: April 27, 2023, 10:19:24 AM »
"Get added" what does that mean to those already configured?
Any reason to believe Google will keep the integration alive ?
"Get added" means - as it sounds... - to add a device not added/configured with the service yet.

I don't believe there is any change here from Google's end, it's simply Poly (who acquired OBiTALK) not wanting to still need to support old legacy setups so they won't let you add those devices to use the service any more (and "they" say that - at least for now - working devices should remain working.)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1641 on: April 27, 2023, 10:22:52 AM »
"Get added" means - as it sounds... - to add a device not added/configured with the service yet.

I don't believe there is any change here from Google's end, it's simply Poly (who acquired OBiTALK) not wanting to still need to support old legacy setups so they won't let you add those devices to use the service any more (and "they" say that - at least for now - working devices should remain working.)
What exactly is Google's gain in keeping the integration alive? Google deliberately shut down any other kind of integration and kept the API open exclusively for Obi
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« Reply #1642 on: April 27, 2023, 10:36:26 AM »
What exactly is Google's gain in keeping the integration alive? Google deliberately shut down any other kind of integration and kept the API open exclusively for Obi
I don't really know what their gain is, but what was their gain for the last decade or so? Nothing said to be changing with that.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1643 on: April 27, 2023, 07:51:03 PM »
What exactly is Google's gain in keeping the integration alive? Google deliberately shut down any other kind of integration and kept the API open exclusively for Obi
Likely a contract
My Tapatalk notifications don't always work.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1644 on: June 01, 2023, 02:33:23 PM »
What exactly is Google's gain in keeping the integration alive? Google deliberately shut down any other kind of integration and kept the API open exclusively for Obi
International calling? I am using it a lot

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1645 on: June 01, 2023, 02:59:59 PM »
any SP that charge only for usage? no monthly fee etc (can even be expensive usage, as i want to use it for emergency phone) besides GV

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« Reply #1646 on: June 01, 2023, 03:05:11 PM »
any SP that charge only for usage? no monthly fee etc (can even be expensive usage, as i want to use it for emergency phone) besides GV
voip.ms can do it. But only if you do not need any incoming calls (if you need incoming calls you already need a DID which costs 0.85/month.)

But you need to add money in $15 at a time, so you need to start with $15.

(Get $10 added - after first adding $15 yourself - by using this link https://voip.ms/en/invite/MzcwNjYz)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1647 on: June 01, 2023, 04:05:12 PM »
any SP that charge only for usage? no monthly fee etc (can even be expensive usage, as i want to use it for emergency phone) besides GV
Callcentric

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« Reply #1649 on: June 02, 2023, 12:32:05 PM »
Callcentric
Callcentric vs. voip.ms I think it would depend on your need, but voip.ms will be more complex to set up but cheaper and with more features.