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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 #645 on: March 04, 2015, 11:32:19 PM »
Still waiting...Issue hasn't been resolved yet. Any ideas?
I don't know if or when Google will allow you to port the number in, but I am curious about the symptom you described. When you call the ported phone number does it always ring the landline regardless of what kind of phone you call from, or does calling from certain phones ring the T-Mobile prepaid phone? What if you call from another T-Mobile subscriber's phone?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #646 on: March 04, 2015, 11:34:36 PM »
I don't know if or when Google will allow you to port the number in, but I am curious about the symptom you described. When you call the ported phone number does it always ring the landline regardless of what kind of phone you call from, or does calling from certain phones ring the T-Mobile prepaid phone? What if you call from another T-Mobile subscriber's phone?

No matter what phone I use the landline rings and the t-mobile phone doesn't. I can make outgoing calls with the t-mobile phone and the ported number shows on the caller ID, but it won't ring when I make an incoming call.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #647 on: March 04, 2015, 11:37:23 PM »
No matter what phone I use the landline rings and the t-mobile phone doesn't. I can make outgoing calls with the t-mobile phone and the ported number shows on the caller ID, but it won't ring when I make an incoming call.
So by now it's been 2 1/2 days since you got that text. You should contact T-Mobile to figure out what's going on.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #648 on: March 26, 2015, 08:32:39 PM »
Want to sell my obi, what steps, if any, do I take to "wipe" it before selling?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #649 on: March 26, 2015, 09:27:12 PM »
Want to sell my obi, what steps, if any, do I take to "wipe" it before selling?
Wipe it with a soft damp cloth taking care not to let excess water drop into the ports!

http://www.obihai.com/faq/Troubleshooting-sec/How-to-Factory-Reset

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #650 on: March 27, 2015, 12:16:16 AM »
 :D Thanks a lot

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #651 on: April 07, 2015, 12:14:48 AM »
anyone selling an obi device?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #652 on: May 20, 2015, 04:56:14 PM »
I read in the Wiki that it's not recommended to use the regular email address as the GV account, why?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #653 on: May 20, 2015, 05:03:00 PM »
I read in the Wiki that it's not recommended to use the regular email address as the GV account, why?
If you're logged into that gmail account it will ring on your computer

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #654 on: May 20, 2015, 05:05:37 PM »
Thanks

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #655 on: June 07, 2015, 04:53:01 AM »
Anyone else can't update there obi device because its past the year of support?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #656 on: June 08, 2015, 02:45:32 PM »
anyone have any primers or suggested reading on Voip phones for a beginner? thanks

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #657 on: June 08, 2015, 03:22:19 PM »
The wiki needs some refreshing,

Page Plus doesn't give anymore $2 credit,
you have to apply a pin in order to port the cheapest pin would be $10.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #658 on: July 13, 2015, 02:01:01 AM »
Anyone else can't update there obi device because its past the year of support?

i had that problem also and found how to update manually:
http://www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=9.0

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #659 on: December 17, 2015, 09:12:37 AM »
thinking of getting an Obi what are the cons of getting an Obi
as opposed to a regular phone