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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 #1500 on: August 12, 2020, 10:28:45 PM »
$48 https://www.mercari.com/us/item/m14701546461/ I found it with google shopping
This is the 202 (2-port), not that it's an issue just not the same.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1501 on: August 12, 2020, 11:12:31 PM »
So how does this thing work exactly? I just hook up to internet and port in a number and viola? 

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« Reply #1502 on: August 12, 2020, 11:46:46 PM »
So how does this thing work exactly? I just hook up to internet and port in a number and viola?
pretty much. You don't even need to port in a number, if you want a new one you can just get one from google voice. You'll need to create an obi account and connect it with your GV account.

If you plug it in and don't do any config, you can make outgoing calls but you won't have a number to receive calls (your caller id will show as Private Number)
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« Reply #1503 on: August 13, 2020, 02:31:38 AM »
If you plug it in and don't do any config, you can make outgoing calls but you won't have a number to receive calls (your caller id will show as Private Number)
Plug it I'm without any configuring any account?

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« Reply #1504 on: August 13, 2020, 08:10:43 AM »
Plug it I'm without any configuring any account?
Correct
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« Reply #1505 on: August 13, 2020, 10:19:44 AM »

Correct
Just to make sure that I understood correctly, that I can use it for unlimited outgoing calls for free even without Google voice?

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« Reply #1506 on: August 13, 2020, 10:21:37 AM »
Just to make sure that I understood correctly, that I can use it for unlimited outgoing calls for free even without Google voice?
Yep AFAIK. I ordered one for some relatives when school became phone conferences, and was wondering why they never called to ask how to set it up. Turned out they just plugged it in and used it for their school conference calls and didn't realize that there was any setup they could/should do.
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« Reply #1507 on: August 27, 2020, 10:10:07 AM »
Just to make sure that I understood correctly, that I can use it for unlimited outgoing calls for free even without Google voice?
Once your connecting it to the internet and all why not set it up to receive and make calls like a mentch?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1508 on: August 27, 2020, 11:21:58 AM »
Not needing a GV # makes it much easier, and also increases the number of devices you can get without running into issues.

Especially this past year, when it was just being used for outgoing calls to teleconferences.

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« Reply #1509 on: September 04, 2020, 10:53:53 AM »
I have no issue using my Obi with google for local calls. But when i dial international, (Israeli cell phone) it doesnt go through. Can someone help me? (I have $$ in my GV account).

I get a message 'we could not complete your call please try again'

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1510 on: September 04, 2020, 02:48:21 PM »
I'm not very familiar with the OBi, but do you dial it properly with the 011?

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« Reply #1511 on: September 04, 2020, 03:30:29 PM »
Thanks. My error.

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« Reply #1512 on: September 04, 2020, 03:44:22 PM »
Next Question: When i looked online the rates show .03 to Israel.

When i call, before the call is connected, i hear" This call is being routed by Google. the cost of this call is 18 cents a minute.

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« Reply #1513 on: September 04, 2020, 03:50:51 PM »
Next Question: When i looked online the rates show .03 to Israel.

When i call, before the call is connected, i hear" This call is being routed by Google. the cost of this call is 18 cents a minute.
Strange that it would be diffrent than what's on the site.

Maybe you're calling some settlers in the Palestinian regions... What's the first portion of the number?

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« Reply #1514 on: September 04, 2020, 04:00:34 PM »
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