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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 #1660 on: October 02, 2023, 01:39:49 PM »
a huge thanx to @Yisroel Tech for coming thru and answering my questions patiently by email and getting the problem solved
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Glad I could help.

For future referance, the OBi was simply wired to the WAN port on the router instead of to one of the LAN ports.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1661 on: October 02, 2023, 05:58:44 PM »
There is nothing of my questions that should be an issue sharing publicly.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1662 on: November 01, 2023, 08:29:31 PM »
My Google voice number intermittently won't ring for incoming calls on my obi. I see the missed calls online. Outgoing calls are working fine. Any ideas? Googling pulls up only very outdated results
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1663 on: November 01, 2023, 11:08:12 PM »
My Google voice number intermittently won't ring for incoming calls on my obi. I see the missed calls online. Outgoing calls are working fine. Any ideas? Googling pulls up only very outdated results

The outdated results are likely still relevant, as the device is indeed outdated...

The issue is most likely caused by the connection (registration) of the device to the server which is needed for the server to know where to send the call expiring and not being kept going.

The is generally caused by a firewall or other settings in the router. Check the router to see if there is any kind of SIP ALG turned On and turn it Off.

Another possible way is by playing around with the Keep Alive settings on the OBi device. I'm copy pasting some settings I found to be set in the OBi (I cannot guide you more than this since I do not have such a device):
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A. Navigate to Voice Services-->SP(FPL)

X_KeepAliveEnable: Checked
X_KeepAliveExpires: 20
X_KeepAliveMsgType: notifyĒ

B. Navigate to Service Providers-->ITSP Profile (FPL)-->RTP

KeepAliveInterval: 20


C. Navigate to Service Providers-->ITSP Profile (FPL)-->SIP

X_UsePublicAddressInVia: enabled

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1664 on: November 02, 2023, 12:20:26 AM »
The outdated results are likely still relevant, as the device is indeed outdated...

The issue is most likely caused by the connection (registration) of the device to the server which is needed for the server to know where to send the call expiring and not being kept going.

The is generally caused by a firewall or other settings in the router. Check the router to see if there is any kind of SIP ALG turned On and turn it Off.

Another possible way is by playing around with the Keep Alive settings on the OBi device. I'm copy pasting some settings I found to be set in the OBi (I cannot guide you more than this since I do not have such a device):
Any suggestions for replacing it without monthly phone costs? I was thinking of using Google voice on old cell phones that I leave plugged in with a link to cordless phone but not sure if that will work and maintain range through my house.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1665 on: November 02, 2023, 12:30:03 AM »
Any suggestions for replacing it without monthly phone costs? I was thinking of using Google voice on old cell phones that I leave plugged in with a link to cordless phone but not sure if that will work and maintain range through my house.

Why replace? It should still work, and I gave you some suggestions to try.

To your question, I do not believe there is anything out there for free. Cheapest would probably be either Ooma free plan https://www.ooma.com/telo/ which costs you taxes of about $5, or some voip.ms solution which would cost you based on minutes used.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1666 on: November 02, 2023, 09:48:17 AM »
Why replace? It should still work, and I gave you some suggestions to try.

To your question, I do not believe there is anything out there for free. Cheapest would probably be either Ooma free plan https://www.ooma.com/telo/ which costs you taxes of about $5, or some voip.ms solution which would cost you based on minutes used.
It seems it's only a matter of time until it stops working completely.

I have no idea how to change sip alg on my Verizon FiOS router, seems it may only be doable by tech support. I'm not familiar with the other settings either since I've always managed it through obitalk without advanced settings, but I'll Google further using the info you gave to try to figure something out. Thank you!
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1667 on: December 20, 2023, 07:49:06 PM »
I always used my obi line with GV to send and receive faxes but now it stooped working for faxes but it still working for voice calls does any one have a fix for this or know what happened ?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1668 on: January 03, 2024, 07:15:56 PM »
Anyone try this?

https://www.usmobile.com/home-phone for $10 a month?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1669 on: January 03, 2024, 07:19:53 PM »
Anyone try this?

https://www.usmobile.com/home-phone for $10 a month?
Why would it be better than a $5/m plan?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1670 on: January 03, 2024, 07:36:04 PM »
Why would it be better than a $5/m plan?
Home phone.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1671 on: January 03, 2024, 07:53:11 PM »
Canít use the $5 service for the home phone phone base?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1672 on: January 03, 2024, 11:51:35 PM »
Canít use the $5 service for the home phone phone base?
You definitely can
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1673 on: February 11, 2024, 03:04:59 PM »
I have an obi202
As of a few days ago will not make outgoing calls.
Stays on dial tone after dialing
Any ideas
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Re: OBi Master Thread
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1675 on: February 12, 2024, 12:10:40 AM »
Anyone tried this?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1676 on: February 13, 2024, 03:08:54 PM »
I have an obi202
As of a few days ago will not make outgoing calls.
Stays on dial tone after dialing
Any ideas
Bump

Any suggestions?
This is being used as my home phone and I don't know how to resolve

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1677 on: February 13, 2024, 05:53:43 PM »
Bump

Any suggestions?
This is being used as my home phone and I don't know how to resolve

Any changes to the network?

Tried restarting the modem > router > OBi (in this order)?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1678 on: February 13, 2024, 07:52:04 PM »
Any changes to the network?

Tried restarting the modem > router > OBi (in this order)?
Only tried turning off/on obi, will try this now. No known changes to network

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1679 on: February 13, 2024, 08:31:53 PM »
Any changes to the network?

Tried restarting the modem > router > OBi (in this order)?
Just tried that now, no change