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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 #1425 on: April 23, 2020, 10:46:16 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)
Calls in the US are free

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1426 on: April 23, 2020, 10:52:30 PM »
On the OBI 202 You can have four lines but there are only two telephone ports. Is there a way that all four lines can be used at the same time? My children have teleconferencing for school now and they overlap.
The 202 supports 4 service providers and 2 lines, so only 2 simultaneous calls. You should be able to purchase another obi to effectively add additional lines.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1427 on: April 23, 2020, 11:02:36 PM »
Calls in the US are free
I'm referring to
Anyone running into issues with Obi200/GV not working with certain conference call lines?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1428 on: April 23, 2020, 11:06:32 PM »
The 202 supports 4 service providers and 2 lines, so only 2 simultaneous calls. You should be able to purchase another obi to effectively add additional lines.
I have two obi202 for 4 phone lines
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1429 on: April 23, 2020, 11:10:19 PM »

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1431 on: April 23, 2020, 11:21:30 PM »
I have two obi202 for 4 phone lines
Nice! Is your internet bandwith okay with that?
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« Reply #1432 on: April 23, 2020, 11:57:27 PM »
Nice! Is your internet bandwidth okay with that?
Any normal internet can handle that. VoIP phones use minimal bandwidth (even 2 Mbps up and down is way more than enough, it just needs to be reliable and not be hogged by other bandwidth hungry things.)

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« Reply #1433 on: April 23, 2020, 11:59:33 PM »
Any normal internet can handle that. VoIP phones use minimal bandwidth (even 2 Mbps up and down is way more than enough, it just needs to be reliable and not be hogged by other bandwidth hungry things.)
So if the computer is doing things like gotomypc or watching video, would that make problems for obi?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1434 on: April 23, 2020, 11:59:48 PM »
Nice! Is your internet bandwith okay with that?
I'm actually using WiFi calling on an old cell and an iPad as well...
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1435 on: April 24, 2020, 12:03:39 AM »
So if the computer is doing things like gotomypc or watching video, would that make problems for obi?
It would not, if you have normal bandwidth (which is usually way higher than 2 Mbps.)

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« Reply #1436 on: April 24, 2020, 12:05:44 AM »
I'm actually using WiFi calling on an old cell and an iPad as well...
Nice!
It would not, if you have normal bandwidth (which is usually way higher than 2 Mbps.)
Awesome! Asking for a family member, I think they have 100 or 200 mpbs :)

Thanks!
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Re: OBi Master Thread
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1438 on: April 24, 2020, 11:06:58 AM »
Anyone familiar with this device? Is this basically an obi200 with a phone attached?

https://www.amazon.com/Obihai-OBi1022-Phone-Power-Supply/dp/B00TEJOYYQ/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=obi202&qid=1587740171&s=electronics&sr=1-7&th=1
I gave it ones to my brother, and he is very happy.

Instead of using an obi200 and connecting to it an analog (old style) phone, this is a full VoIP phone. The downside (for some people) of course is that you cannot have several phones on the same line (home phone style.)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1439 on: April 24, 2020, 11:10:22 AM »
So you can't just connect wireless handsets to it...

What are the advantages of this over using an obi200 and connecting a phone to it, other than having the whole device in one package?

Also, when it says "up to 10 lines," what does that mean?