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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 #735 on: March 08, 2016, 03:08:09 PM »
It didn't fully close out the landline yet. Might stay open for a while.
What's the problem?
I want to port it to GV.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #736 on: March 08, 2016, 03:08:38 PM »
It didn't fully close out the landline yet. Might stay open for a while.
What's the problem?
How long is a while?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #737 on: March 08, 2016, 03:09:25 PM »
My Verizon port status has this info:

Status:
Your Old Service Provider has agreed to release your telephone number to Verizon Wireless. You should receive a free text message within the next 10 business days welcoming you to Verizon Wireless
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #738 on: March 08, 2016, 03:18:39 PM »
I want to port it to GV.
So port it, whats the problem? GV it comes up as ineligible?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #739 on: March 08, 2016, 03:20:30 PM »
So port it, whats the problem? GV it comes up as ineligible?
How am I going to receive the call from GV to confirm?
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #740 on: March 08, 2016, 06:11:59 PM »
How am I going to receive the call from GV to confirm?
If GV sees it as a mobile number, they'll initiate the call, even if it rings on the landline.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #741 on: March 08, 2016, 10:24:03 PM »
Can I use this if I only have wifi at home?

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #742 on: March 08, 2016, 11:40:23 PM »
Can I use this if I only have wifi at home?
If I understand your question correctly, then the answer is Yes.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #743 on: March 09, 2016, 03:23:43 AM »
Can I use this if I only have wifi at home?
The Obi110 does not have WiFi, so you will need another device that has an Ethernet port and can pick up the WiFi signal. Many repeater models can do this.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #744 on: March 09, 2016, 03:31:41 AM »
Can I use this if I only have wifi at home?
You will need the obi200 for that.

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #745 on: March 09, 2016, 06:55:02 AM »
You will need the obi200 for that.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #746 on: March 09, 2016, 08:39:39 AM »
If GV sees it as a mobile number, they'll initiate the call, even if it rings on the landline.
But if VR didn't finish porting the number to VW, and I port it to GV, I'm scared the number will get lost. Because VW will send the half of the port that they received, and stop requesting the other half from VR, and GV will not be requesting anything from VR, rather from VW.

I can't risk losing my home phone number.

I wonder how many ppl don't have Voip, because they don't want to even take  a small tiny risk of losing their home number.
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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #747 on: March 09, 2016, 09:49:57 AM »
No way you'll lose the number imho

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #748 on: March 09, 2016, 10:26:54 PM »
If I understand your question correctly, then the answer is Yes.
So my question is "how?"

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Re: OBi 110
« Reply #749 on: March 09, 2016, 10:29:19 PM »
So my question is "how?"
A few fellow DDFers have already answered ^^^^
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