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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 #705 on: February 25, 2016, 01:31:45 PM »
I have Verizon DSL. I need a phone plan with Verizon for my DSL.

Verizon charges me (besides for the phone plan) for caller id and call waiting (about $25).

I want to get obi and cancel my caller id and call waiting.

Will I be able to port my Verizon phone number to a mobile phone without terminating my verizon phone plan?
When somebody thanks you for a favor you've done, respond "my pleasure", not "no problem".

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #706 on: February 26, 2016, 09:55:10 AM »
I have Verizon DSL. I need a phone plan with Verizon for my DSL.

Verizon charges me (besides for the phone plan) for caller id and call waiting (about $25).

I want to get obi and cancel my caller id and call waiting.

Will I be able to port my Verizon phone number to a mobile phone without terminating my verizon phone plan?
When I ported out, I was still able to use DSL afterwards. I don't remember if the phone plan was active or not, but it didn't make a difference.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #707 on: February 26, 2016, 11:42:28 AM »
When I ported out, I was still able to use DSL afterwards. I don't remember if the phone plan was active or not, but it didn't make a difference.
How much do you pay for DSL?

Also, my download speed is 10mbps, and my upload is 1mbps. Will the oBi, slow down my internet?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #708 on: February 26, 2016, 03:13:32 PM »
I have Verizon DSL. I need a phone plan with Verizon for my DSL.

Verizon charges me (besides for the phone plan) for caller id and call waiting (about $25).

I want to get obi and cancel my caller id and call waiting.

Will I be able to port my Verizon phone number to a mobile phone without terminating my verizon phone plan?
Just FYI GV only give you caller number ID not name. There is a work around though..

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #709 on: February 26, 2016, 05:07:06 PM »
Just FYI GV only give you caller number ID not name. There is a work around though..
Which is?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #710 on: February 27, 2016, 07:57:48 PM »
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #712 on: February 28, 2016, 12:46:15 AM »
How much do you pay for DSL?

Also, my download speed is 10mbps, and my upload is 1mbps. Will the oBi, slow down my internet?
I switched to Optimum a year ago. Verizon was charging me $75/mo.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #713 on: February 29, 2016, 01:49:01 PM »
I have Verizon DSL.

Verizon says I can't cancel my phone service, and keep the DSL.

I don't care because with the lifeline program, phone service (without caller id and call waiting) is free.

But I want an OBi,  ringing with my current Veizon phone number, so I can have caller id and call waiting.

If I port out my Verizon phone number, will Verizon cancel the account and the DSL? Or, I can port out and they'll keep the phone service and DSL?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #714 on: February 29, 2016, 02:16:10 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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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #715 on: February 29, 2016, 02:17:05 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.
But, their DSL I'm getting is $35. What should I get?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #716 on: February 29, 2016, 02:20:04 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.
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.
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« Reply #717 on: February 29, 2016, 03:57:40 PM »
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.
Not sure.. The reps are all pathological liers.

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« Reply #718 on: February 29, 2016, 03:58:44 PM »
But, their DSL I'm getting is $35. What should I get?
Neighbors don't have optimum routers?

But that won't help for the phone..

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #719 on: February 29, 2016, 04:32:14 PM »
Im sure There are ways to get an ethernet plug from neighbors wifi.