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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).
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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 #1320 on: June 25, 2019, 03:00:01 PM »
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Can you give a little more info on the setup?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1321 on: June 25, 2019, 04:01:37 PM »
Can you give a little more info on the setup?
Thinking of doing just Google voice for all SPs.

If it's problematic I can do incoming thru callcentric, and outgoing GV, outgoing should maybe even be split into a few GV accounts, and the official number should be the CC number

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1322 on: June 25, 2019, 05:41:43 PM »
Thinking of doing just Google voice for all SPs.

If it's problematic I can do incoming thru callcentric, and outgoing GV, outgoing should maybe even be split into a few GV accounts, and the official number should be the CC number
How many phones are you having connected?

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« Reply #1323 on: June 25, 2019, 06:00:41 PM »
How many phones are you having connected?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1324 on: July 03, 2019, 09:32:28 PM »
https://www.callcentric.com/dids/dollar_unlimited_phone_number

So this is the cheapest option now, $1 a month plus $1.50 a month for e911?
Also regarding the above numbers it says " New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois."
Does that mean it wont work for other states, or it will work just the number will be for one of those states, which doesnt matter because it is not actively being used?
Thanks.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1325 on: July 03, 2019, 09:45:28 PM »
So this is the cheapest option now, $1 a month plus $1.50 a month for e911?
Also regarding the above numbers it says " New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois."
Does that mean it wont work for other states, or it will work just the number will be for one of those states, which doesnt matter because it is not actively being used?
Thanks.
I don't know about whether it's the cheapest or not, but regarding your last question you are correct that it can be used anywhere. That means the number will have an area code from those states.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1326 on: July 04, 2019, 01:07:19 AM »


So this is the cheapest option now, $1 a month plus $1.50 a month for e911?
Also regarding the above numbers it says
There are cheaper options, if you have a spare sp, then try bulk911.com, else try gv911.com

Also regarding the above numbers it says " New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois."
Does that mean it wont work for other states, or it will work just the number will be for one of those states, which doesnt matter because it is not actively being used?
Thanks.
The latter

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1327 on: July 04, 2019, 09:57:53 PM »
There are cheaper options, if you have a spare sp, then try bulk911.com, else try gv911.com
The latter

Thank you. As a newbie in this, I don't know about SP. Im going to try to setup GV with an Obi 200.

If I understood the first post correctly, there wont be caller ID Name unless using the Callcentric option, so that will cost a little more ($30 a year, $1 a month for number and $1.50 for E911, instead of $12 a year for gv911.com) but accomplish the Caller ID Name and the 911.
Is that correct?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1328 on: July 05, 2019, 02:08:11 PM »
Thank you. As a newbie in this, I don't know about SP. Im going to try to setup GV with an Obi 200.

If I understood the first post correctly, there wont be caller ID Name unless using the Callcentric option, so that will cost a little more ($30 a year, $1 a month for number and $1.50 for E911, instead of $12 a year for gv911.com) but accomplish the Caller ID Name and the 911.
Is that correct?
You could split it. Use callcentric for CID ($1 a month) and another cheaper service for e911

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1329 on: July 05, 2019, 02:20:37 PM »
Thank you. As a newbie in this, I don't know about SP. Im going to try to setup GV with an Obi 200.

If I understood the first post correctly, there wont be caller ID Name unless using the Callcentric option, so that will cost a little more ($30 a year, $1 a month for number and $1.50 for E911, instead of $12 a year for gv911.com) but accomplish the Caller ID Name and the 911.
Is that correct?
Yes, if you set CC as emergency line when configuring it, obi will automatically add the digitmap that 911 should go thru the CC SP.
GV911.com is pretty simple, just add the text they give you to the beginning of the phone line outbound route

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1330 on: July 06, 2019, 11:36:20 PM »
Does it go to google voicemail?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1331 on: July 07, 2019, 03:17:45 AM »
Have the Obi devices stopped going on sale since they were bought out by Polycom?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1332 on: July 07, 2019, 04:04:35 AM »
Have the Obi devices stopped going on sale since they were bought out by Polycom?
No they just had a sale recently. Although it's more infrequent than before
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1333 on: July 08, 2019, 07:54:42 AM »
So this is the cheapest option now, $1 a month plus $1.50 a month for e911?
Also regarding the above numbers it says " New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois."
Does that mean it wont work for other states, or it will work just the number will be for one of those states, which doesnt matter because it is not actively being used?
Thanks.

You can get the CC number for $1 per month without paying for any E911 service, thus avoiding the additional $1.50, by indicating you're outside the US/Canada.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1334 on: July 08, 2019, 06:24:08 PM »
We would want E911 service.
Unless Im missing something, isn't it important?