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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 #1410 on: April 21, 2020, 01:11:06 PM »
I have the obi200, so only 1 call supported at a time - like everyone else, I'm now needing more lines, is my only option to get an obi-202? And even if so, how do I set up a second line for it, do I need another google voice number?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1411 on: April 21, 2020, 01:12:03 PM »
Why not just get another obi200?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1412 on: April 21, 2020, 01:32:44 PM »
And set up with another GV#? I guess could do that, need to check how many ports my modem has....

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1413 on: April 21, 2020, 01:35:14 PM »
And set up with another GV#? I guess could do that, need to check how many ports my modem has....
I'm assuming either way you'd need a second GV number (unless someone knows otherwise)
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1414 on: April 21, 2020, 01:38:59 PM »
What other options are out there? Magicjack?

Is there another thread for alternatives?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1415 on: April 22, 2020, 01:03:54 AM »
Anyone running into issues with Obi200/GV not working with certain conference call lines?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1416 on: April 22, 2020, 01:11:13 AM »
Anyone running into issues with Obi200/GV not working with certain conference call lines?
what area code?
some cost money

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1417 on: April 22, 2020, 07:16:10 AM »
Anyone running into issues with Obi200/GV not working with certain conference call lines?
Yes thatís always been the case, the free conference calls sometimes donít work from GV, not sure why.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1418 on: April 22, 2020, 08:06:57 AM »
Yes thatís always been the case, the free conference calls sometimes donít work from GV, not sure why.
They work, you just need a credit on your account as it costs money.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1419 on: April 23, 2020, 01:00:21 PM »
I am thinking of buying one as I desperately need a home phone. Im just wondering if this is a google voice phone if the standard recording of "Hi you have reached a google voice number..." will be on as well.
I did read up a bit, but ddnt see this mentioned anywhere.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1420 on: April 23, 2020, 01:06:22 PM »
It's no big deal to change the greeting on the Google voice number. Just log into your GV account (https://voice.google.com/u/0/calls) go to settings (top right of page) and you can record a voicemail greeting (you probably also want to turn off screen calls)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1421 on: April 23, 2020, 01:38:55 PM »
It's no big deal to change the greeting on the Google voice number. Just log into your GV account (https://voice.google.com/u/0/calls) go to settings (top right of page) and you can record a voicemail greeting (you probably also want to turn off screen calls)
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1422 on: April 23, 2020, 02:08:54 PM »
They work, you just need a credit on your account as it costs money.
Is there a place to enter a phone number and see what the cost per minute will be?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1423 on: April 23, 2020, 03:31:59 PM »
Is there a place to enter a phone number and see what the cost per minute will be?
http://www.google.com/voice/redirection/voice#billing

I think any call in the US won't cost more that 1 cent per minute (if not free)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1424 on: April 23, 2020, 03:35:14 PM »
http://www.google.com/voice/redirection/voice#billing

I think any call in the US won't cost more that 1 cent per minute (if not free)
Thanks!
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