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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 #720 on: February 29, 2016, 04:34:04 PM »
Not sure.. The reps are all pathological liers.
It's crazy. There's something deeply wrong there. They lie and scam everytime you deal with them.
When somebody thanks you for a favor you've done, respond "my pleasure", not "no problem".

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #721 on: February 29, 2016, 06:38:37 PM »
I think porting out closes the account.

BTW, verizon landline is the worst thing in the world. It causes massive amounts of pain and strife.
If you value your health never even think of signing up.
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I've heard that even if they close the phone service, the DSL will remain. Even though they claim that you can't have DSL without phone.
That was my experience, as I posted upthread.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #722 on: February 29, 2016, 08:10:16 PM »
That was my experience, as I posted upthread.
True. I also heard from someone else.

Did they have a rule then that you can't get DSL without phone?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #723 on: March 01, 2016, 01:09:29 AM »
Verizon did offer "dry loop" DSL that did not require phone service. If you would plug in a phone to this line, you would not hear a dial tone. Perhaps they no longer offer this service, but there is nothing about it that's technically unfeasible.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #724 on: March 01, 2016, 02:37:47 AM »
True. I also heard from someone else.

Did they have a rule then that you can't get DSL without phone?
Not that I'm aware, and they never told me that.
IIRC, when I signed up, I had the option of getting just DSL, but I got a bundle together with phone.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #725 on: March 01, 2016, 10:01:42 AM »
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2015/07/10/how-get-dsl-without-phone-service/29973047/

In the above article Verizon says that for the past 3 years they have this policy. That is why I'm hesitant to rely on anonymoususer's experience.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #726 on: March 01, 2016, 11:45:10 AM »
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2015/07/10/how-get-dsl-without-phone-service/29973047/

In the above article Verizon says that for the past 3 years they have this policy. That is why I'm hesitant to rely on anonymoususer's experience.
What do u have to loose by trying it?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #727 on: March 01, 2016, 01:45:48 PM »
What do u have to loose by trying it?
They may close the entire account.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #728 on: March 01, 2016, 11:26:15 PM »
They may close the entire account.
I guess I can restart the account afterwards. Will I be able to port back in my phone number?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #729 on: March 01, 2016, 11:32:01 PM »
I guess I can restart the account afterwards. Will I be able to port back in my phone number?
Shouldn't be a problem

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #730 on: March 01, 2016, 11:32:46 PM »
They may close the entire account.
And charge you for breaking the contract..

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #731 on: March 01, 2016, 11:34:21 PM »
And charge you for breaking the contract..
I don't have a contract
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #732 on: March 01, 2016, 11:35:44 PM »
I don't have a contract
So go for it.

- Verizon will find a way to make u miserable though.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #733 on: March 08, 2016, 02:56:34 PM »
I'm porting my number from Verizon Residential to Verizon Wireless prepaid.
I did the port 2 days ago.

When I text the number, the text comes up on my Verizon Wireless phone.

When I call the number, it calls my Verizon Residential phone.

When I call a 3rd phone, from either the Verizon Residential or Verizon Wireless phone, the 3rd phone's caller id displays the same number (that I'm porting).

What's going on?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #734 on: March 08, 2016, 03:02:03 PM »
I'm porting my number from Verizon Residential to Verizon Wireless prepaid.
I did the port 2 days ago.

When I text the number, the text comes up on my Verizon Wireless phone.

When I call the number, it calls my Verizon Residential phone.

When I call a 3rd phone, from either the Verizon Residential or Verizon Wireless phone, the 3rd phone's caller id displays the same number (that I'm porting).

What's going on?
It didn't fully close out the landline yet. Might stay open for a while.
What's the problem?