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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).
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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 Master Thread
« Reply #1440 on: April 24, 2020, 11:14:05 AM »
I gave it ones to my brother, and he is very happy.

Instead of using an obi200 and connecting to it an analog (old style) phone, this is a full VoIP phone. The downside (for some people) of course is that you cannot have several phones on the same line (home phone style.)
Do they make a version with a cordless phone?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1441 on: April 24, 2020, 11:27:50 AM »
So you can't just connect wireless handsets to it...

What are the advantages of this over using an obi200 and connecting a phone to it, other than having the whole device in one package?

Also, when it says "up to 10 lines," what does that mean?
Probably has more features (VoIP type of features like forwarding etc that you cannot do on the obi200), but for Google Voice that's not really relevant.

Not sure but most likely it means 10 lines from different providers (different SIP accounts) or more than one line per SIP account (if your SIP provider supports it). But it doesn't mean you can talk to all of them at one time.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1442 on: April 26, 2020, 12:30:56 AM »
I currently have obi200 connected to GV.
I now need ability for 2 simultaneous outgoing calls.
Do I need to buy another 200 or a 202? Or any other ideas/solutions?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1443 on: April 26, 2020, 12:32:36 AM »
I currently have obi200 connected to GV.
I now need ability for 2 simultaneous outgoing calls.
Do I need to buy another 200 or a 202? Or any other ideas/solutions?
An additional 200 or replace it with a 202.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1444 on: April 26, 2020, 12:42:48 AM »
I am really taking advantage of my obis. Without then three is no way I would have enough phone lines for my kids. Note we have 7 landline phone lines.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1445 on: April 26, 2020, 12:43:32 AM »
I am really taking advantage of my obis. Without then three is no way I would have enough phone lines for my kids. Note we have 7 landline phone lines.
7 simultaneous phone calls? Can you please share your setup

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1446 on: April 26, 2020, 12:44:54 AM »
7 simultaneous phone calls? Can you please share your setup
Each from a different obi
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1447 on: April 26, 2020, 12:46:32 AM »
Each from a different obi
Thanks. And each obi needs it own phone system, correct?
Trying to figure out what I need to buy to expand. I think I'm going to get phone systems that can work with headsets, the kids find it hard to hold for such a long time. Any ideas appreciated

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1448 on: April 26, 2020, 12:48:26 AM »
Thanks. And each obi needs it own phone system, correct?
Trying to figure out what I need to buy to expand. I think I'm going to get phone systems that can work with headsets, the kids find it hard to hold for such a long time. Any ideas appreciated
Yes. I had a few 2 line cordless phones from before and now made them separate lines. Each of them has a headset Jack on the side.
They also have speakers.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1449 on: April 26, 2020, 03:40:26 PM »
Can you share which model cordless phone you are using that has a headphone jack on the side? I've been searching for an inexpensive one and have not found it yet.
Thanx

Yes. I had a few 2 line cordless phones from before and now made them separate lines. Each of them has a headset Jack on the side.
They also have speakers.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1450 on: April 26, 2020, 08:06:24 PM »
I gave it ones to my brother, and he is very happy.

Instead of using an obi200 and connecting to it an analog (old style) phone, this is a full VoIP phone. The downside (for some people) of course is that you cannot have several phones on the same line (home phone style.)
There is a way to do it. You can conference in additional obi's, but I tried & the call always get disconnected. Looks like it's not setup correctly.
If we already on topic, any way to be able to see from 1 obi the active calls on a different obi? (Analog phone system style)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1451 on: May 01, 2020, 01:08:27 AM »
Can you share which model cordless phone you are using that has a headphone jack on the side? I've been searching for an inexpensive one and have not found it yet.
Thanx
Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone DECT 6.0 with Talking Caller ID and Enhanced Noise Reduction, Black/Silver - 1 Handset (KX-TGE210B)

Amazon used $17 new $33. I just ordered two of theses, so I canít vouch for them yet, but it should work.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1452 on: May 01, 2020, 02:23:18 AM »
Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone DECT 6.0 with Talking Caller ID and Enhanced Noise Reduction, Black/Silver - 1 Handset (KX-TGE210B)

Amazon used $17 new $33. I just ordered two of theses, so I can’t vouch for them yet, but it should work.
  Don't see a reason to by a new one, buy the used, like new. They are almost brand new just and open box! Don't waste your money on a new one. Unless you think the battery or something is shot..


 Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone DECT 6.0 with Talking Caller ID and Enhanced Noise Reduction, Black/Silver - 1 Handset (KX-TGE210B) ($33.63)



Thanks, for the post.
 Now that i got an Obi 202 for $65 on ebay i ended up buying two of these which has the headset jack which is more important then having  voicemail, even though i wouldn't mind it, vs me needing to go to the GV app to hear the VM.

 Here's a nice one with voicemail, but there's no headphone jack, not exactly sure why they took out the jack?
PANASONIC Expandable Cordless Phone System with Call Block and Answering Machine - 1 Cordless Handsets - KX-TGD530M (Metallic Black) ($34.99)




   Weird that some have and some don't. This latest 5 set phone i bought from Costco has the heaphone jack, so not sure why the 2017 models don't have it.  If you can find model KX-TGA71 whicvh has the jack and caller id then you got a good deal.
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OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1453 on: May 01, 2020, 06:58:58 AM »
Panasonic Expandable Cordless Phone DECT 6.0 with Talking Caller ID and Enhanced Noise Reduction, Black/Silver - 1 Handset (KX-TGE210B)

Amazon used $17 new $33. I just ordered two of theses, so I canít vouch for them yet, but it should work.
Ordered this as well, do the kids can use their regular earbuds and headphones....

Headphone Earpiece Jack Adapter Cable for Cordless Phones Panasonic : 2.5mm Male (for Panasonic Jack) to 3.5mm Female (for Smartphone Headphone) Cordless Phone Hands-Free Headset Adapter for $7.95

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SP8TNCZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7baREb9011RJX

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1454 on: May 01, 2020, 09:22:31 AM »
IDK if this helps anyone, but some cordless phones include bluetooth, which could be an option instead of a headphone jack.
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