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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 Master Thread
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1621 on: December 28, 2022, 02:47:09 PM »
I have the 200 version ... been what my house phone has been running on for a long time.
My phone stopped working. Everything with Google voice and all that seems good.
Only thing I can imagine is the OBi no longer working. Is this possible?
If so, what should I upgrade to?
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« Reply #1622 on: December 28, 2022, 02:48:52 PM »
I have the 200 version ... been what my house phone has been running on for a long time.
My phone stopped working. Everything with Google voice and all that seems good.
Only thing I can imagine is the OBi no longer working. Is this possible?
If so, what should I upgrade to?
Mine still works fine. Check all 6 connections and make sure their in firmly.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1623 on: December 30, 2022, 07:17:39 AM »
I have the 200 version ... been what my house phone has been running on for a long time.
My phone stopped working. Everything with Google voice and all that seems good.
Only thing I can imagine is the OBi no longer working. Is this possible?
If so, what should I upgrade to?
Make sure you have the latest firmware

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1624 on: January 18, 2023, 05:40:25 PM »
Make sure you have the latest firmware
how do I update to the latest firmware? I have the obi200 and it recently stopped working.

edit: just unplugged/plugged everything and it works now.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1625 on: February 07, 2023, 07:07:52 PM »
anyone else having issues that obitalk loads very slow recently?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1626 on: February 16, 2023, 11:00:00 AM »
My folks are moving.
I am convincing them to make the switch to free service.
Which device is the best/most reliable?
I am not around much so if something goes wrong I will need to fix it remotely or send in the grandchildren.
Therefore I need something reliable.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1627 on: February 22, 2023, 07:17:58 PM »
i have a obi 200 with 2 phone lines connected, 1 line works just fine however the other line i get no dial tone! if i reset Or unplug the phone it works for a few min or 1 phone call ,i tried reseting i even tried swapping the phone lines as i need the one that is not working to work more than the one that is working i tried uploading some other versions of firmware to no avail! any help or suggestions?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1628 on: March 01, 2023, 09:21:44 PM »
Is this the best device to buy for a free GV landline these days?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1629 on: March 08, 2023, 12:10:46 PM »
Is this the best device to buy for a free GV landline these days?
I believe it will be gone at the end of this year.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1630 on: April 18, 2023, 11:55:01 AM »
Are there any good alternatives for when obi phases out?

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1631 on: April 20, 2023, 04:46:31 PM »
Are there any good alternatives for when obi phases out?
Voip.ms has an unlimited for $4.95/month I think. But with the price per minute you'll probably be better off just doing pay as you go.
Yealink has cordless ($$$) or use an ATA with your existing phones.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1632 on: April 20, 2023, 07:32:41 PM »
Voip.ms has an unlimited for $4.95/month I think. But with the price per minute you'll probably be better off just doing pay as you go.
Yealink has cordless ($$$) or use an ATA with your existing phones.
If are paying that price, and don't need it to be based on home internet, you can get a unlimited talk plan from hello mobile for $5, and if you want the landline experience, get something like this, it should let you plug in a landline phone:
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1633 on: April 27, 2023, 12:37:22 AM »
Voip.ms has an unlimited for $4.95/month I think. But with the price per minute you'll probably be better off just doing pay as you go.
Yealink has cordless ($$$) or use an ATA with your existing phones.
I don't see any plans, only PAYG

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1637 on: April 27, 2023, 09:53:11 AM »
Is the Google voice obi integration being sunsetted or just the hardware is reaching end of life?
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« Reply #1638 on: April 27, 2023, 10:01:33 AM »
Is the Google voice obi integration being sunsetted or just the hardware is reaching end of life?
https://www.obitalk.com/info/products/obi200:
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...OBiTALK calling service will continue to be supported for the OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 until December 18, 2023. OBi200, OBi202 and OBi212 devices may continue to work after the end of service date, but they will not be able to get added to the Google Voice service after December 18, 2023...

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1639 on: April 27, 2023, 10:12:10 AM »
https://www.obitalk.com/info/products/obi200:
"Get added" what does that mean to those already configured?
Any reason to believe Google will keep the integration alive ?
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