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OBi200 1-Port VoIP Phone Adapter with Google Voice and Fax Support for Home and SOHO Phone Service
|Price:||$57.96 + $4.99 shipping|
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- Works with Google Voice
- Easy to Set-Up Using OBiTALK.com
- Also Supports T.38 Fax and SIP Bring Your Own Device Services like Anveo Callcentric, Voip.ms, etc.
- Works with Up to Four (4) VoIP Services Across One (1) Phone Port
- 1x USB for Obihai Accessories OBiWiFi and OBiBT
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Free Premium Features with OBi and Google Voice
- Works with Google Voice
- Caller ID
- Call forwarding
- Call waiting
- 3-way calls
- Block anonymous calls
- Do not disturb
- Missed call notifications via email
- Voicemail notifications via email / text
- Voicemail forwarding as email audio attachments
- Voicemail-to-text via email and web
- Free Canadian calling
- Ring multiple phones simultaneously
- Multiple numbers (4)
OBi200 VoIP Phone Adapter
With an OBi device and your existing broadband Internet connection, from the comfort of your home phone, you have the power to make and receive phone calls using a multitude of VoIP services for free or at a fraction of the cost a traditional telco would charge. Local, long distance and even international calling are all possible.
The OBi200 and OBi202 support up to four (4) VoIP services like Google Voice, Anveo, PhonePower, VoIPms and a multitude of 'Bring Your Own Device' Internet phone services. Get the lowest cost local and international calls with service providers of your choice. Calls to other OBi devices are always free via the OBiTALK network.
It is easy to save money with an OBi!
- Use Google Voice with the OBi and enjoy free calls inside the USA and Canada
- Call internationally at amazingly low rates to over 150 destinations
- Rates to China, India, and Mexico as low as 1¢ per minute – with no connection fee
- When someone calls, ring multiple OBi devices, anywhere
- Block unwanted nuisance and tele-marketer calls
- Voicemail that acts like email
- Designed, developed and supported in the USA
|Ideal For||Home||Home or Small Business|
|Easy OBiTALK Setup||✓||✓|
|Free OBi to OBi Calling||✓||✓|
|VoIP Services Supported||4||4|
|2-Port Internet Router with Voice Packet Prioritization||No||Yes|
|Reliable Faxing T.38 Protocol||✓||✓|
|Power Adapter||100-240 volt switching power adapter||100-240 volt switching power adapter|
|Call Capacity||1 phone call or fax call||2 phone calls or fax calls simultaneously|
|USB Port for OBiWiFi5G, OBiBT, OBiLINE||✓||✓|
|Optional USB Accessories||The OBiWiFi5G wireless adapter allows you to wirelessly connect your VoIP device to the Internet.||The OBiBT Bluetooth wireless adapter allows a USB-equipped OBi device to pair with a mobile phone.||The OBiLINE adapter allows a USB-equipped OBi device to make calls to a land-line service from phones connected to the OBi.|
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|Item Dimensions||2.7 x 2.7 x 1.2 in||3 x 8.9 x 8.3 in||1.2 x 4.5 x 4.2 in||6.5 x 8 x 8 in||8.3 x 8.9 x 3 in||9.45 x 5.67 x 2.01 in|
|Item Weight||7.04 ounces||1.2 lbs||0.9 lb||2.2 lbs||1.4 lbs||0.6 lb|
Use Google Voice with the OBi and enjoy free calls inside the USA and Canada
Call internationally at amazingly low rates to over 150 destinations
Rates to China, India, and Mexico as low as 1¢ per minute – with no connection fee
When someone calls, ring multiple OBi devices, anywhere
Block unwanted nuisance and tele-marketer calls
Voicemail that acts like email
Designed, developed and supported in the USA
Many more features!
Top customer reviews
We've been paying $30+ a month ($360/year) to AT&T for basic bare minimum home landline service (their other plans cost more), which we weren't even using at all (just receiving bunch of telemarketing spam calls even though I signed up for the Do NOT call list).
Well, it's just still nice to have a backup "home number/phone" or when making appointments, etc. and like many, since we're attached to our home number for over decades, it just wasn't something we wanted to easily give up. (especially avoiding hassle of updating to companies of a new number)
I was unsure at first if I should go with this OBI or the Ooma. I did some research and I'm really glad I went with this OBI. It's a no brainer for me.
With the Ooma, you will still end up having to pay a few dollars a month on local and State taxes.
With the OBI, it's zero. Not to mention, the Ooma unit cost twice as much/takes up more space.
Ooma also charges $9.99/month for their "premium features" like call blocking or using an app to make calls, which is silly - it's free with Google/OBi.
I also checked out Ooma's international calling rates and they aren't as good as Google's.
Also Ooma charges $40 to port your old phone number.
With OBi, Google charges $20 to port your old number.
However, there is one annoying catch:
Google doesn't allow porting landline numbers, so you have to go through a bit of redundant obstacle if you want to keep your cherished old landline number; you have to first port your landline number to a mobile carrier such as T-Mobile (it was very smooth with them, which is what I've used; this part is free, but it takes a day to process), AT&T, Verizon, etc. -- to make Google think the number now belongs to a wireless service, which Google will then accept, AND THEN once that's completed, you would then request a port with Google ($20 fee).
In order to accomplish this, you will need a "dummy" phone and buy a prepaid SIM card (from one of the wireless carriers) and use that temporary number for the porting process.
If you don't care about keeping your old home number then you don't have to go through any of that hassle; just make a google account and use whatever number Google gives you.
This may be all confusing in the beginning, especially if you've never used Google Voice before. What this OBI device is basically allows assigning different VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services on it, so you can then connect your old "brick" phones to it; Google Voice just happens to be the main preferred choice.
Google Voice is not an actual carrier/phone service - what Google Voice does is just forward numbers to you, like a secretary. It's quite amazing and cool what it can do. Now I can even send text message with my home number. It can email me missed calls/show me a transcript of the voicemail/easily listen to them... so much more convenient than using the old built-in answering machine to listen to messages or dialing to hear voicemail. I even get caller ID now. AT&T landline charged so much for these "premium features"... yet all this and way more is free now with OBi/Google.
To make international calls, the minimum amount to load in your account is $10. I like that Google Voice charges no connection fee for international calls, whereas Skype does.
You can also download their Google Voice "Hangout Dialer" (not to be confused with the Hangout app itself - they are two completely different apps) and you can make calls with a tablet! Unlike with Ooma, they charge you $10/month for this feature that Google provides for free!
By default, Google has "Screen Calls" turned on, which won't directly connect the caller through (until they say their name), so you'll want to disable that. I did notice that I was receiving more spam calls when I signed up with Google; I'm not sure if that is a coincidence or not, but there is also a option in Google to block known spam calls. It's also very easy to block numbers.
I wish Google would just allow uploading audio files as a voicemail, but you can only set it up with your own call/voice.
Ooma is probably suited for beginners and people who don't want to deal with customization/hassle of porting. If you want to save more money, like more customization/already love Google Voice, then the OBi is an easy choice.
Many internet service providers also started bundling home phone service, prices ranging from $10-$30/month -- but it's the same VOIP, so it's better to get one of these devices instead.
This OBi device will be useless without internet and a router - or if you don't even own a "brick" phone to connect this to; or if you want to get rid of "brick phones" entirely and modernize your whole home all together with just using tablets/WIFI only smartphone, or PC to make calls, then you don't even need this product and can just sign up for Google and use Hangouts Dialer app for that (granted you don't need 911 emergency services, since Google Voice does not support 911 calls; if you do, you need this Obi/connect a brick phone/add/sign-up/pay monthly fee for just the 911 emergency service). However, if you're a senior or just like the old fashion way of using your home "brick phones", this OBi device allows you to use that and cut your bill. If you want to save money in the long run, it does require a bit of your time and money upfront. In the end, it's definitely worth it. It feels great having one less bill to worry about.
- Cutting the bill!
- No more landline, but still allows you to use your old "brick" home phones. (granted you have internet)
- More features than what you'd get with landline services that's a rip off costing more (this gets you cheap international calls, call forwarding, caller ID, threeway calling, transcript voicemails, text messaging, etc)
- Small and easy to setup
- Better than the Ooma
- It relies on Internet/router, so if either of those fail on you, you won't be able to place calls. (Not a big deal)
- 911 emergency service is not included and you must add that/pay a small fee/month for that. (Not a big deal)
- If you're not so much a techy person, it may require some thinking time.
- Porting your old landline number is a bit messy/redundant requiring you to port twice.
- My OBi device doesn't actually have the "Google Voice" logo on the front of the unit like it's advertised. I find that a little odd, but whatever (I guess it looks cleaner without it)
I did a lot of research on internet on how to ditch your landline and I found google voice + Obihai is the way to go. I bought OBi200 under $50 which I think is good for normal user who just need a landline. If you are planning to get an additional phone line or using second line as Fax line then OBi202 is a good choice for some additional cost.
Setup of Obihai is very easy and gets done in few minutes. You need to have google voice account in place (if not, you can sign up using your gmail account). You also need to sign up for the Obihai account and register your device and a step by step wizard will integrate your google voice account with your obihai device. Once the setup is done, you are ready to make your free calls. You can download ObiOn app (available on iOS and Android) on your smartphone and you can make or receive your calls through Obihai endpoint.
Do remember to turn off the call screening feature in Google voice, otherwise person calling you will hear an announcement to announce his/her name after the beep sound.
I canceled my existing landline service from Verizon Fios which has gotten stupid expensive. Should have done this a long time ago.
*** Make sure your buying a 200 series Obitalk I see Amazon is still selling the discontinued 100 series Obitalk these should not be purchased as their no longer supported or getting firmware updates. The reviewed obi 200 and the 202 are the current models. The 200 model supports multiple VOIP provider configurations and 1 Phone line while the 202 supports 2 Lines (regular pricing around $49 and around $69). Note the 200 model is tiny, only a 2.5 inches square, the 202 is around 4.5 inches square (both around an inch high).
Note some of have complained that Obi tries to sell you an 2nd year extended warranty and or priority customer service $20 also additional phone features you may or may not need. At this juncture I did not bother with either. Google voice has all the features I need: Clear calls and the option of blocking inbound calls and many other features. That is all I need. I only use my land line phone for making conference calls when I work from home and when I need a clearer call then I can get from cell phone.
** I will say I have no problem with Obi offering extended warranty or additional functionality. They are providing a great device that works well without... Some will want or need these services and they help keep the company be around to support the hardware, develop new hardware, provide firmware updates and be around to support their products.
I did scour the market as I always want the best options for my use case. This is really the best out there. Virtually every other product out there Ooma, Vonage, etc. not only costs more, but is locked into a single provider themselves for VOIP. Many of the others play games as well offering a low price on their monthly services only to raise it significantly after a month or year. Some other providers I read on line even make it almost impossible to cancel or modify service, Ooma in particular had many reviewers complaining about that Obi talk works with many providers including the completely free Google Voice. If you carefully read reviews and average star ratings there is no better option from a quality, reliability and price prospective.
** This device has always paid for itself in 1 Month as I was paying over $40 a month extra to Verizon Fios **
The only thing I was not automatically promoted to do was change the default Obitalk password. Changing default passwords on all internet connected devices is always good idea both for you and the world.You can find out your Obitalk IP address from dialing ***1 on your handstand of a connected phone. Then Enter the IP address in your Web browser which will allow you to configure the admin password which is admin,. You should change that.