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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 #1600 on: July 29, 2022, 04:21:41 PM »
Does the new obi300 series work with google voice If not what service is it for? Is it worth it to buy a obi200 now for google voice or it will stop working soon?
I believe the 300 only works for GV with aftermarket firmware.
As for the 20* the question isn't if it will stop working with GV but when I'd say some time in '23
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OBi End of Life announcement
« Reply #1601 on: August 01, 2022, 09:21:01 PM »
Not sure if it was discussed here but OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 have entered the End of Life phase with End of Engineering Support and End of Service date December 18, 2023.

"OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 products have entered the End of Sale phase with the last day of sale of these products to be December 18, 2021 (as supplies last). The End of Engineering support date and the End of Service date for all OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 products will be December 18, 2023. OBiTALK calling service will continue to be supported for the OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 until December 18, 2023. OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 devices may continue to work after the end of service date, but they will not be able to get added to the Google Voice service after December 18, 2023. OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 devices registered prior to the End of Engineering Support date wonít be able to be provisioned via OBiTALK after the December 18, 2023 and can only be managed and provisioned locally (manually)." https://www.obitalk.com/info/products/obi212

For those that are technically inclined there is third-party firmware for the OBi 2xx series that allows you to connect to Google Voice without having to use the OBiTALK portal:

https://www.obifirmware.com/

It is discussed in the following DSLR forum:

https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r31792784-Obihai-OBi20x-30x-OBi1000-OBi50x-OBi2000-firmware-mods

(Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/OBihai/comments/rjae71/poly_sets_eol_timeline_for_obi_atas_200_202_212/ )

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1602 on: August 01, 2022, 09:43:25 PM »
Google doesn't allow access to Google voice by any other means, this was a specific hardware partnership between Google and OBi for some reason once the hardware is no longer supported it's a matter of time before Google pulls the plug

Perhaps they will release their own hardware once that happens
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1603 on: August 01, 2022, 10:27:34 PM »
Google doesn't allow access to Google voice by any other means, this was a specific hardware partnership between Google and OBi for some reason once the hardware is no longer supported it's a matter of time before Google pulls the plug

Perhaps they will release their own hardware once that happens
Or perhaps they'll paywall it under the paid Google Business Voice...  ;)

Oh they already did... It's the same partnership with Polycom (which now owns Obi) https://support.google.com/a/answer/9250113#zippy=  :( >:(

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1604 on: August 02, 2022, 08:13:35 AM »
Or perhaps they'll paywall it under the paid Google Business Voice...  ;)

Oh they already did... It's the same partnership with Polycom (which now owns Obi) https://support.google.com/a/answer/9250113#zippy=  :( >:(

Yup, I was referring to free, all good things come to an end, clearly their aiming GV as a workspace product
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1605 on: August 02, 2022, 09:08:43 AM »
Yup, I was referring to free, all good things come to an end, clearly their aiming GV as a workspace product

And the free personal service was just one huge beta testing lab, also used for their speech recognition.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1606 on: August 02, 2022, 09:11:42 AM »
Yup, I was referring to free, all good things come to an end, clearly their aiming GV as a workspace product
I wouldn't put it in a way that they're trying to stop free GV (at least yet), they redid the interface and are still improving on it (albeit slowly.) It's just that some features are reserved for the paying workspace, same as some features in all their other free apps, and desk phone support is between that set of feature, especially since that was never really an official feature of theirs.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1607 on: August 02, 2022, 09:31:12 AM »
I suspect it's a very costly service for them to give free
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1608 on: August 02, 2022, 10:05:53 AM »
I suspect it's a very costly service for them to give free

Benefits outweigh the costs

And the free personal service was just one huge beta testing lab, also used for their speech recognition.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1609 on: August 02, 2022, 10:16:17 AM »
Benefits outweigh the costs
As a beta or long term?
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« Reply #1610 on: August 02, 2022, 10:43:55 AM »
As a beta or long term?

As long as they see more benefit from using the voice recordings and transcription thereof in their development of speech recognition/AI, I think they are likely to keep it alive.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1611 on: August 02, 2022, 10:49:07 AM »
As long as they see more benefit from using the voice recordings and transcription thereof in their development of speech recognition/AI, I think they are likely to keep it alive.
They now have access to so many other audio
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1612 on: August 18, 2022, 10:34:08 AM »
Hi all!

I am trying to port someone's usa landline to google voice...
TIA!!
SO they were able to port their number to a cell phone. Now I am confused - where can I get an Obi for google voice? I see on amazon an old obi100, a bunch of obi phones, and 1 that says it works with google voice: amazon.com/Obihai-OBi1022-Phone-Power-Supply/dp/B00TEJOYYQ

Any advice? I want to order today.. TIA!
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1613 on: August 18, 2022, 11:26:00 AM »
SO they were able to port their number to a cell phone. Now I am confused - where can I get an Obi for google voice? I see on amazon an old obi100, a bunch of obi phones, and 1 that says it works with google voice: amazon.com/Obihai-OBi1022-Phone-Power-Supply/dp/B00TEJOYYQ

Any advice? I want to order today.. TIA!
Not so cheap anymore, and may not be supported for long enough to save you money vs. phone plans:
https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=obi+google+voice
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Average people talk about things
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1614 on: August 18, 2022, 02:24:12 PM »
not sure why but my callcentric caller ID isn't working, any advice?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1615 on: August 18, 2022, 08:51:37 PM »
Not so cheap anymore, and may not be supported for long enough to save you money vs. phone plans:
https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=obi+google+voice


I just got a used one on eBay, I recommend setting up a saved search so u get notified as soon as one is posted.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1616 on: August 18, 2022, 08:52:22 PM »
not sure why but my callcentric caller ID isn't working, any advice?


Are you logged in with the same google account as the google voice?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1617 on: August 18, 2022, 08:52:51 PM »

I just got a used one on eBay, I recommend setting up a saved search so u get notified as soon as one is posted.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1618 on: August 18, 2022, 08:56:15 PM »
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nice, but if you want to keep it simple, just save a search.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1619 on: August 18, 2022, 11:00:17 PM »

Are you logged in with the same google account as the google voice?
what do you mean? @pintech explain please