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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 doesn’t have to be something memorable, because no one will ever have to dial it.
  • When it asks if you’re 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 you’re not using Callcentric, you have to set up SP3 in Obi settings to point to your E911 provider’s 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 #765 on: May 12, 2016, 09:55:21 AM »
How can I have 2 lines?
You would need 2 google voice numbers.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #766 on: May 12, 2016, 09:57:38 AM »
N00b in this whole free phone line. I am fed up from my current phone provider, wanna switch to this. I am so not tech savvy that it's scary. Will I be able to get this to work? 

Also, can I have 2 or 3 lines with this?
The wiki is pretty comprehensive, and if you have any questions, post here or PM me.
The 200 supports up to 4 accounts, but if you use Callcentric for incoming Caller ID, that will take up 1 or more. The 202 supports 2 physical phones.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #767 on: May 13, 2016, 10:01:36 AM »
My obi misses about 2 calls a day, that don't ring on my obi, and show as a missed call in my google voice.
What's going on?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #768 on: May 13, 2016, 10:13:16 AM »
My obi misses about 2 calls a day, that don't ring on my obi, and show as a missed call in my google voice.
What's going on?
I have Google voice set to forward to my cell and I miss some calls.. Dunno

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #769 on: May 13, 2016, 04:57:53 PM »
I have Google voice set to forward to my cell and I miss some calls.. Dunno

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #770 on: May 16, 2016, 01:31:14 PM »
I tried porting my landline to a page plus phone, and this is what I got at the end.

We’re sorry, the device activation failed. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-550-2436, or contact us via Live Chat.



What to do?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #771 on: May 18, 2016, 11:02:49 AM »
I tried porting my landline to a page plus phone, and this is what I got at the end.

We’re sorry, the device activation failed. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-550-2436, or contact us via Live Chat.



What to do?

tried calling?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #772 on: May 18, 2016, 11:05:22 AM »
setup a  Callcentric account for inbound calls only, and configured the Obi to register it on SP2. 
issue: my inbound calls only work intermittently.

My setup:  Obi 110

SP1:  GoogleVoice for free outbound

SP2:  Callcentric free DID number, designated as inbound destination number for GoogleVoice.  Inbound calls made to my GV number are directed to SP2's Callcentric DID number.

Incoming calls work sometimes and not others

Call history in GV shows all inbound calls, history in CC portal only shows some of them (the missing calls get sent to GV voicemail).


any advice?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #773 on: May 18, 2016, 11:36:25 AM »
tried calling?
Yes. It is a system error, it went thru even thought it said error.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #774 on: May 18, 2016, 11:38:12 AM »
setup a  Callcentric account for inbound calls only, and configured the Obi to register it on SP2. 
issue: my inbound calls only work intermittently.

My setup:  Obi 110

SP1:  GoogleVoice for free outbound

SP2:  Callcentric free DID number, designated as inbound destination number for GoogleVoice.  Inbound calls made to my GV number are directed to SP2's Callcentric DID number.

Incoming calls work sometimes and not others

Call history in GV shows all inbound calls, history in CC portal only shows some of them (the missing calls get sent to GV voicemail).


any advice?
Im not sure I understand. You are missing incoming calls like others reported above?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #775 on: May 18, 2016, 03:54:53 PM »
Anyone else having issues with Obi110 and GV?

As of the last 2 days Obi is saying that my GV credentials are bad (username and password). One time I was able to re-enter credentials online for GV accounts, but since then whenever I try clicking on "Setup Google Voice" webpage seems to flash as if it's displaying another section for a split second, and then it's back to the same display of "Backing off" or on one of the devices which I decided to try an reset to factory setting it just says "not configured" and won't let me do anything.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #776 on: May 18, 2016, 04:09:24 PM »
Anyone else having issues with Obi110 and GV?

As of the last 2 days Obi is saying that my GV credentials are bad (username and password). One time I was able to re-enter credentials online for GV accounts, but since then whenever I try clicking on "Setup Google Voice" webpage seems to flash as if it's displaying another section for a split second, and then it's back to the same display of "Backing off" or on one of the devices which I decided to try an reset to factory setting it just says "not configured" and won't let me do anything.
Are they advising you to pay $10 for premium tech support ?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #777 on: May 18, 2016, 04:15:08 PM »
Are they advising you to pay $10 for premium tech support ?

There's a button there on obitalk.com offering me to pay $10 for premium support for a year. Is that required in order to keep GV working?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #778 on: May 18, 2016, 04:27:25 PM »
There's a button there on obitalk.com offering me to pay $10 for premium support for a year. Is that required in order to keep GV working?
I'm switching from vestalink back to GV & obi is saying that something expired & I should pay $10. Not sure if that's the same as your case.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #779 on: May 18, 2016, 04:31:37 PM »
Anyone else having issues with Obi110 and GV?

As of the last 2 days Obi is saying that my GV credentials are bad (username and password). One time I was able to re-enter credentials online for GV accounts, but since then whenever I try clicking on "Setup Google Voice" webpage seems to flash as if it's displaying another section for a split second, and then it's back to the same display of "Backing off" or on one of the devices which I decided to try an reset to factory setting it just says "not configured" and won't let me do anything.
I had the same, I was able to change the google password to fix it and that resolved the issue.