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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 110 question!!!
« Reply #100 on: October 26, 2011, 04:12:24 PM »
Ok so it seems this is what im looking to purchase. I live in israel and have only an israeli bezeq land line phone as of now, and of course GV. Which OBi am i looking to purchase? 110/100? any input here? (im not familiar with phones that much!!)

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #101 on: October 26, 2011, 04:23:12 PM »
obi 110 allows a telephone line in so you could have a GV plus Telco line.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #102 on: October 26, 2011, 04:30:36 PM »

as in i can get my israeli phone attached to there as well? thats what im confused about... whats the benefit of that?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #103 on: October 26, 2011, 04:33:08 PM »
as in i can get my israeli phone attached to there as well? thats what im confused about... whats the benefit of that?
That you can have two lines on one phone (IIRC)

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #104 on: October 26, 2011, 04:37:03 PM »
That you can have two lines on one phone (IIRC)
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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #105 on: December 13, 2011, 09:59:50 AM »
so I took the plunge an ordered an OBi 110. I wanted to know if I can hook it up to a fax machine? (I guess i can wait till tom when I get it)

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #106 on: December 13, 2011, 11:42:25 AM »
You can try, but I haven't had luck with it to fax.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #107 on: December 13, 2011, 11:47:49 AM »
You can try, but I haven't had luck with it to fax.
thanks. any idea y it wont work?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #108 on: December 13, 2011, 02:51:22 PM »
thanks. any idea y it wont work?
not all voip technologies work for fax, only specific ones, and i think google uses a different one.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #109 on: December 13, 2011, 03:14:40 PM »
Yup fax probably will not work.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #110 on: December 13, 2011, 05:09:25 PM »
not all voip technologies work for fax, only specific ones, and i think google uses a different one.
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My wife really wants a fax.. any idea which voips you can fax from? In israel my dsl worked fine with a fax

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #111 on: December 13, 2011, 05:18:56 PM »
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My wife really wants a fax.. any idea which voips you can fax from? In israel my dsl worked fine with a fax
possibly anything using T.38 ?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #112 on: December 13, 2011, 06:40:30 PM »
so I took the plunge an ordered an OBi 110. I wanted to know if I can hook it up to a fax machine? (I guess i can wait till tom when I get it)
It works for me

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #113 on: December 14, 2011, 01:49:27 PM »
It works for me
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although i had to change the speed on my fax machine in order for it to work.

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #114 on: December 14, 2011, 01:51:28 PM »
Is there a way to permanently slow down a fax machine to a lower baud so that you don't have to put it on Overseas mode for each fax?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #115 on: December 14, 2011, 01:59:25 PM »
Is there a way to permanently slow down a fax machine to a lower baud so that you don't have to put it on Overseas mode for each fax?
I actually sped it up. and it was a permanent change. I have the hp officejet pro 8500(thanks to dans deals) and it has 3 speeds in the advanced fax setup: slow(9600) medium(14400) and fast(33600). I don't remember what it was set to but when I changed it to fast i was able to fax no problem. 

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #116 on: December 14, 2011, 03:05:07 PM »
I have a Brother multifunction. Anybody know how to make it fast or slow permanently?

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Re: OBi 110 question!!!
« Reply #117 on: December 14, 2011, 03:08:39 PM »
I have a Brother multifunction. Anybody know how to make it fast or slow permanently?
don't know about speed settings, but on my mfc under fax>misc>compatibility- there is an option for voip. Don't know if that'll help for the obi though

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Didn't notice this last time around. Is there any reason for me not to get this? any downside besides the 911 issue?

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Didn't notice this last time around. Is there any reason for me not to get this? any downside besides the 911 issue?
No downside at all, it's awesome!
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