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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).
or this for a $5 one time fee.
https://simonics.com/gw/?promo=nerdvittles


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 #825 on: May 18, 2016, 11:23:08 PM »
Thanks to the link you provided it's a $1 less than the whopping $6 regular price  ;D
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #826 on: May 18, 2016, 11:28:13 PM »
+1000

Thanks to the link you provided it's a whopping $1 less than regular price  ;D

Invested the $5 and set it up. Working like a charm. It might die out in the future, but at least it's only $5 and he's not promising anything, and the support community seems better than Obi.

Anyone signing up might want to refer to http://support.simonics.com/support/solutions/articles/3000032742-obihai-devices-enabling-proxy-server-redundancy

Also note, don't use ObiTalk.com to configure, log into your Obi device using your local network address (often 192.168.x.x) Make sure to uncheck ObiTalk and Device Default, and enter your simonics.com information for Voice Provider -> SIP, there are a few places where it needs to be entered, and don't forget to reboot the device so that it starts working.

Will try my other GV accounts later on and see how I like it. $5 is a small price to pay to avoid paying ransom!!!
Is it the same thing as obi just $5 less ?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #827 on: May 18, 2016, 11:29:23 PM »
+1000

Thanks to the link you provided it's a whopping $1 less than regular price  ;D

Invested the $5 and set it up. Working like a charm. It might die out in the future, but at least it's only $5 and he's not promising anything, and the support community seems better than Obi.

Anyone signing up might want to refer to http://support.simonics.com/support/solutions/articles/3000032742-obihai-devices-enabling-proxy-server-redundancy

Also note, don't use ObiTalk.com to configure, log into your Obi device using your local network address (often 192.168.x.x) Make sure to uncheck ObiTalk and Device Default, and enter your simonics.com information for Voice Provider -> SIP, there are a few places where it needs to be entered, and don't forget to reboot the device so that it starts working.

Will try my other GV accounts later on and see how I like it. $5 is a small price to pay to avoid paying ransom!!!

crap i removed call centric to add this and now they want ransom!!!

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #828 on: May 18, 2016, 11:30:05 PM »
Is it the same thing as obi just $5 less ?

Absolutely not.

Once you do this you can use your Obi (or any other ATA adapter or softphone) with GV, not requiring special GV support, as it is build into simonics.com
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #829 on: May 18, 2016, 11:31:47 PM »
Is it the same thing as obi just $5 less ?
No. When doing that you connect to dimonics which connects to gv and the obi does not connect directly to gv
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #830 on: May 19, 2016, 12:15:25 AM »
This issue isn't the same issuea that they're was a little bit ago when they started with this  $10 support fee that you needed to upgrade something and they didnt tell you that can be done manually for free?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #831 on: May 19, 2016, 01:24:22 AM »
This issue isn't the same issuea that they're was a little bit ago when they started with this  $10 support fee that you needed to upgrade something and they didnt tell you that can be done manually for free?

No it's worse now.
The free software update doesn't fix the device.
You need to pay or else you have a brick.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #832 on: May 19, 2016, 08:21:12 AM »
If I have time later today I will בעז"ה post screenshots and instructions for OBi setup with simonics.com
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #833 on: May 19, 2016, 11:14:03 AM »
Having same issue on 2 of my GV lines.... "Google Voice System Connection Error".....tried manually upgrading firmware and get message that the firmware is up to date....Any ideas???

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #834 on: May 19, 2016, 11:15:03 AM »
Having same issue on 2 of my GV lines.... "Google Voice System Connection Error".....tried manually upgrading firmware and get message that the firmware is up to date....Any ideas???

Either pay up the $10 extortion fee or better go with simonics for $5
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #835 on: May 19, 2016, 01:35:39 PM »
My obi 110 seems to be fine as well as a friend told me his is also with no extortion fee...

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #836 on: May 19, 2016, 01:39:21 PM »
Just started working again after 2 days of no service.....Don't know why but all good for now.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #837 on: May 19, 2016, 02:25:58 PM »
Please report Obi to the FTC https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#&panel1-1

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #838 on: May 19, 2016, 02:48:45 PM »
If you still didn't fix it yet or fork over money, there's a solution finally.

http://www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=11256.msg73954#msg73954
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #839 on: May 19, 2016, 02:56:36 PM »
Oh well. I already paid the fee. The nerve of them to blame it on vestalink.