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OBi200 1-Port VoIP Phone Adapter with Google Voice and Fax Support for Home and SOHO Phone Service
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- Works with Google Voice
- Easy to Set-Up Using OBiTALK.com. USB for Obihai Accessories OBiWiFi5G and OBiBT
- 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
- Call back service present. Application for iphone, ipad, ipod touch and android devices which makes possible placing and receiving calls to/from other OBi endpoints
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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||4.5 x 4.1 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|
|Item Weight||7.04 ounces||0.56 lb||1.2 lbs||0.9 lb||2.2 lbs||1.4 lbs|
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!
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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 love the idea. I love the tech. And this would be a five star product but for one major issue, that issue being that when there is a problem, support and warranty assistance and service are basically non-existent.
I purchased this device in June of 2015 and had good service using Google Voice right up until January 2nd of 2016. On that day, the 'phone LED' went from the green "yep, you have service" state to just off. The ObiTalk dashboard shows the device "offline" also.
I went through every troubleshooting step. I factory reset the device. I tried deleting the device from ObiTalk so that it could be re-added (per advice in the Obi forums where this delete and re-add procedure had fixed an "offline" issue for other Obi users.) No joy. The Obi dashboard can't even find the device to add it back. Not only that, but the **9 222-222-222 test also fails. Other checks included my firewall (which had not been changed and was not the issue), rebooting router and modem, swapping ethernet cables and on and on.
So when there's a problem with an under warranty device, I do what I do and try to contact the maker. No joy there either. A help request submitted online goes unanswered. Calling the support number for Obihai resulted in an hour and a half (!!) on hold and never reaching an actual person. Email has gone unacknowleged and unanswered.
Really loved this device paired with Google Voice while it all worked. And if I could get some service and get the issue with the Obi200 fixed, this would, as I said, be a five star review. (I don't downrate a product for an occasional failure. Everything can break and does. I do downrate when something breaks and the warranty doesn't seem to be worth the paper on which is written.)
If Obi can step up and solve this, I will adjust my rating. But between the aggravating perma-hold on the phone and the other ignored attempts to contact Obi, all I can think right now is "Buyer beware."
Update: A comment to my review has a workaround for updating the firmware on out of warranty Obi devices. The workaround worked perfectly and my Obi is updated and working as it should. Back to four stars!