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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 #1335 on: July 10, 2019, 09:53:40 AM »
We would want E911 service.
Unless Im missing something, isn't it important?

You only need one E911 service for a single location. No need to pay E911 for every number (DID) that you have.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1336 on: July 16, 2019, 11:18:29 PM »
How can I enable this option for an automatic firmware update?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1337 on: July 18, 2019, 10:58:21 AM »
Newbie to OBI question: I bought an OBI and got a new GV number. When setting up the GV number it asks me where to forward the calls. Do I give my cell phone number and then connect the OBI, and after setup it won't go to my cell phone? I'm just confused about the process. Thanks.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1338 on: July 18, 2019, 02:35:44 PM »
How can I enable this option for an automatic firmware update?
Uncheck both checkboxes next to "method"

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1339 on: July 18, 2019, 02:36:42 PM »
Newbie to OBI question: I bought an OBI and got a new GV number. When setting up the GV number it asks me where to forward the calls. Do I give my cell phone number and then connect the OBI, and after setup it won't go to my cell phone? I'm just confused about the process. Thanks.
After setup, you can uncheck your cell phone as a forwarding phone and GV will forward calls to your obi.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1340 on: July 23, 2019, 11:51:27 AM »
Not a massive deal, but if you need it anyways, $54 is a good buy. (it's a long time since it was cheaper then this)

https://amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007D930YO/?condition=new&sa-no-redirect=1/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1341 on: July 31, 2019, 08:37:19 PM »
I am receiving incoming calls with my Obi/GV but for some reason when I pick up the phone I can't hear anything neither can the guy who called me. Any idea what the problem can be?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1342 on: August 01, 2019, 04:24:40 PM »
I am receiving incoming calls with my Obi/GV but for some reason when I pick up the phone I can't hear anything neither can the guy who called me. Any idea what the problem can be?
Power cycle the router and obi

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1343 on: August 03, 2019, 11:11:45 PM »
Not a massive deal, but if you need it anyways, $54 is a good buy. (it's a long time since it was cheaper then this)

https://amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007D930YO/?condition=new&sa-no-redirect=1/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
It's $69.99 now.

Is there any place to get cheaper? Or just wait for it to go on sale?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1344 on: August 03, 2019, 11:39:31 PM »
It's $69.99 now.

Is there any place to get cheaper? Or just wait for it to go on sale?
Newegg. They just had it on sale for 40 now it's 50

Oh actually this is the 200
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