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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 110
« Reply #300 on: August 20, 2012, 03:40:07 PM »
2 add'l questions.

1. Can you setup more than one line.
2. Are the extensions built into the house usable or must you work with cordless phones?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #301 on: August 20, 2012, 03:40:53 PM »
2 add'l questions.

1. Can you setup more than one line.
2. Are the extensions built into the house usable or must you work with cordless phones?

the phone line goes into the obi and the obi into the modem it can be a corded phone,
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #302 on: August 20, 2012, 04:23:36 PM »
Anyone?
Clear is WiMax which has high latency and probably won't be good for any type of VOIP.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #303 on: August 20, 2012, 04:39:23 PM »
i know this might sound strange, lets say i have an obi here in israel and i did not set it up in america, if i am able to switch my ip add on my computer, would i be able then to set it up here? (i have mine but someone just asked me)

in addition, is it even worth it to do obi, is google going to start charging?
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Re: Re: OBi 110
« Reply #304 on: August 20, 2012, 05:02:52 PM »

in addition, is it even worth it to do obi, is google going to start charging?
are you really asking that? It costs $40 and saves me $30 per month. Even if they would start charging 2 months after you get it you still save money.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #305 on: August 20, 2012, 05:04:13 PM »
u in IL? i think jive tel is around 20 a month..or something like that, im asking bec somoen just asked me if i can do thhat for them?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #306 on: August 20, 2012, 05:06:06 PM »
u in IL? i think jive tel is around 20 a month..or something like that, im asking bec somoen just asked me if i can do thhat for them?
I doubt they will start charging anytime soon, and even if they do it would probably be a very low fee. I advise people not to even wait for it to go on sale. If you wait a month for it to go on sale $10 cheaper, and in the meantime pay another $30 to optimum you lost out on $20!

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #307 on: August 20, 2012, 05:17:57 PM »
I doubt they will start charging anytime soon, and even if they do it would probably be a very low fee. I advise people not to even wait for it to go on sale. If you wait a month for it to go on sale $10 cheaper, and in the meantime pay another $30 to optimum you lost out on $20!
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oh in america i would advise everyone to do it even for a month, optimum or verizon is a fortune, the q i was asking is based out of Israel, bec here its so cheap as it is,
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #308 on: August 29, 2012, 08:27:00 AM »
As cheap as it is, it is still kedai to get now. I have wasted tons of money because of being to lazy/unsure to order this.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #309 on: September 04, 2012, 12:45:00 PM »
My quality is so bad, itís not functional.
Can anyone share their download speed so that I can see if itís my internet connection? Does the upload speed matter?
I have Cable (Comcast) Download average 20 Ė 25 and upload 2-4. Thanks

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #310 on: September 05, 2012, 01:37:16 PM »
I have about 10 down 2 up, it works fine

Go to http://www.pingtest.net & check what GRADE you are getting

Try to check 3 times

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #311 on: September 05, 2012, 03:22:31 PM »
D, B,B,B,A,B
14.43 up
3.40 down

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #312 on: September 06, 2012, 09:48:32 AM »
So you got the answer , not the speed is the issue here .

You have to see why you got so much Ping Problems.

I always got a A score

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #313 on: September 09, 2012, 03:25:54 AM »
So you got the answer , not the speed is the issue here .

You have to see why you got so much Ping Problems.

I always got a A score

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Yup, apparently you have latency problems (that's what the first D means), which is unusual with Comcast, but will degrade your VOIP experience.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #314 on: September 23, 2012, 09:19:11 AM »
If I have an old jivetell box (linksys), is that the same as the OBi box, and I can set that up with GV?
Or do I need the OBi specifically?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #315 on: September 23, 2012, 05:40:13 PM »
If I have an old jivetell box (linksys), is that the same as the OBi box, and I can set that up with GV?
Or do I need the OBi specifically?

i think to do it without a background in internet telephony- u need the obi. But google it?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #317 on: September 24, 2012, 09:10:52 AM »
is the http://www.amazon.com/OBi202-Phone-Adapter-Router-2-Phone/dp/B007D930YO/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348486035&sr=1-3&keywords=obi worth it?
the link is not woring- but it looks like your askig about the obi202- it worth it if  need those features- imho- only if your a business user or need the wifi adapter.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #318 on: November 11, 2012, 07:24:04 PM »
I have the OBi in America with Google Voice, it is my landline. When going to Israel, can I just bring it with me, and plug into the router and have a US phone number for incoming and outgoing? 

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #319 on: November 12, 2012, 01:06:03 AM »
I have the OBi in America with Google Voice, it is my landline. When going to Israel, can I just bring it with me, and plug into the router and have a US phone number for incoming and outgoing?
Yes
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