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Google Voice Support Is Back ON Again With OBi Devices. Great News.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> I use $60/year PhonePower
>>May 14, 2014.
>> $60/year PhonePower option
>>Apr. 21, 2014.
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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4 months after we lost, to my utmost distress,
Google Voice, OBi has managed to update its API

to AGAIN support Google Voice!

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Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original on the OBi Website.

To read original from OBi click here.

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Click to ENLARGE. My OBi110 now configured with both PhonePower as SP1 and Google Voice as SP2. I also have TDS as my POTS like on the ‘physical phone line’ PSTN port.


I happened to get an e-mail on the reinstated Google Voice support last night. At first I was going to ignore it because I was already signed up for a year, for $60, with PhonePower and it has been working quite well.

But it kept nagging at me so I decided to give it a quick spin. I also needed to make a phone call, to a cousin, in Sri Lanka, and Google Voice, with whom I have a credit balance, would have been my cheapest and easiest option.

So I logged onto obihai.com, with trepidation — and it took me a few minutes to realize that I logon using Google+ (since everything with OBi is so closely aligned with Google). Once I was logged in it really only took less than 4 minutes — and that included a COMPLETE software update to the OBi110. Pretty amazing. I kept on waiting for something to go wrong. I was impressed. Tried all 3 of my dial-out options: PhonePower (the default or **1 option), Google Voice the **2 option and TDS the **8 option. They all worked.

I called up Sri Lanka at midnight, which is the best time to call my kin. 10:30 in the morning for them. Had a nice chat. Cost me all of 42 cents.

So, I am happy. I am glad that OBi did this — the right thing.


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“Ring To” Now Becomes Another ‘No Cost’ Option For Use With OBi Devices — Albeit NEW OBi Devices.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> I use $60/year PhonePower
>>May 14, 2014.
>> $60/year PhonePower option
>>Apr. 21, 2014.
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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Click to ENLARGE. I got this a few weeks ago from OBi. I have been meaning to write about it since then but never had the time.


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Click to access “Ring To”.


So far I think I am happy with Phone Power. We haven’t had any real problems as far as I know and as far as I can tell they haven’t try to bill me, as yet, after I had paid my initial $60 for the year in May. But, it is still early days. “Ring To” doesn’t seem to be an option for me any way for two reasons. I do NOT want to give them my TDS landline phone number because we use it for incoming calls — and I have to have it from TDS since it is a part of my two ‘fiber to the wall’, 15Mbps Internet lines I have coming to the house. [Soon it may be three!] Also, the OBi deals seem to only apply to OBi devices purchased after the “Google Voice” fiasco.

But I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about the “Ring To” option. OK?


Got Rid Of My ‘Out-Of-State’ Phone Number From Google Voice For New 603 Number With PhonePower For My OBi.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Switched to PhonePower —
>> May 14, 2014.
>> $60/year PhonePower option
>>Apr. 21, 2014.
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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As I bemoaned in yesterday’s post one drawback I encountered when switching over from Google Voice to paid, unlimited PhonePower was that the registration process INSISTED that I enter, and use my, Google Voice number.

I really wasn’t keen to do that. Google Voice does not, or at least did not use to, support the New Hampshire area code — i.e., 603. So I had to get a 207, i.e., Maine, area code with Google Voice. I hated using that because that is what appeared on Caller ID — and it confused most (though a few, who would not normally answer their phone, answered because they wanted to see who was calling them from Maine).

Today, though I knew they would be busy, I got in line at PhonePower support online chat. I was #9 in the queue. Wasn’t a problem. I could continue doing other stuff.

Funny.

They don’t see or even know of my 207 number!

They only know me via the new 603 number they gave me yesterday — albeit at my request.

They fixed the Caller Id thing in seconds. I tried it out by calling my cell. Yes, I now have 603 on my outbound PhonePower calls. I am happy.

So just letting YOU know.

All the best.

PhonePower appears to work. Their call log/history nowhere near as good as Google Voice. Damn.


Click to ENLARGE. The new Guruge household phone system with VoIP from PhonePower (rather than Google Voice).

Click to ENLARGE. The new Guruge household phone system with VoIP from PhonePower (rather than Google Voice).


PhonePower dashboard -- pretty comprehensive though I couldn't change Caller ID using it.

PhonePower dashboard — pretty comprehensive though I couldn’t change Caller ID using it.


Today I Switched Over From Google Voice To Phone Power $60/Year Unlimited On My OBi.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> $60/year PhonePower option
>>Apr. 21, 2014.
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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I waited until the 11th hour to pull the trigger (on in this case pull the plug on Google Voice). I was dreading doing it.

I had, as I had already told you, decided that I was going to go with the PhonePower $60/year UNLIMITED plan. I actually don’t use the phone that much BUT I hate to have a ‘limit’ over my head. $60/year, at least for the first year, seems reasonable for unlimited — though, I think, FREE was better.

I switched over using the OBiTalk Dashboard per the OBi recommendation — following the links.

You then had to signup with PhonePower and, of course, give them a credit card number.

Then they send 2 e-mails. The e-mails claim things like 10 days for the service to be activated!

I kept on refreshing the OBiTalk Dashboard. 4th time around I got ‘Registered’.

It seems to work.

It sure seems to take much longer to get a RINGING TONE with PhonePower than with Google Voice!

Not talking dial tone. The calling/busy tone you get when a connection is established with the other end.

The delay is JUST on the psychological boundary — just as you are getting ready to believe that something has gone wrong.

Thanks to my IBM training I know that within 3 days I will get used to this! Humans always get used to whatever response time they are subject to PROVIDED it is CONSISTENT. When we complain about response times it is because of the variation in time (provided of course that it isn’t totally dead).

Sound quality seems OK.

Two niggles:

1/ I had to go back and set my SP1, i.e., PhonePower, as my PRIMARY for dialing out. Though this was how it was set up for Google Voice this setting was NOT carried over. So make sure of that.

2/ During the PhonePower registration process they FORCE you to enter your old/existing Google Voice number even IF you ask for a new one. That seems stupid. So I got a new number, but the old Google Voice number is what appears in Caller ID. This is IMPORTANT in my case. Google Voice (like Magic Jack of old) does NOT support the 603 area code — the ONLY one we have for New Hampshire. So I had to use a 207 area code — i.e., that for Maine. PhonePower does support 603. So I now have a 603 number. But my caller ID still shows the 207. [All my inbound calls come in on my TDS landline — which has a proper 603 number. So the Google Voice/PhonePower number is only for VoIP outbound calls.]

Hope this helps.

It seems to work. Let me know IF you have any problems. All the best.


Phone Power $60/Year For Unlimited VoIP Calls Seems Only Viable Option With Obihai Technology Now That Google Voice Is History.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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In OBiTalk under ‘Approved Service Providers’.

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Click to access ‘Phone Power’.


I only saw this ‘Phone Power’ $60/year option, with OBi, for my OBi110, on Saturday.

Well it is $60/year than I am currently going and I, of course, foresee it going up over time — whatever OBi will claim.

Well that is in the MagicJack+ or NetTalk range. So I can’t complain much.

I did an online CHAT with their support over the weekend. Outstanding. I was impressed. So at least I know that they have ‘on the ball’ humans, on call, if I run into trouble.

I wish I can say that about Obihai. I get the distinct impression that they have packed up their tent and gone away. Scary.

I will keep you posted — of course. Stay tuned.


VoicePro VP412 (From Stok.com) With NetTALK My Ideal Solution For Replacing Lameduck OBi110 — Other Than Cost.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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Click to access "Stok.com" and their excellent product and technical description of the TCL VoicePro VP412 Automated Phone System.

Click to access “Stok.com” and their excellent product and technical description of the TCL VoicePro VP412 Automated Phone System.


As I have explained before, carefully, I have a very specific need — but it is EXACTLY what the OBi110 was designed to address. I want a home phone system with one POTS line and one unlimited calls VoIP ‘line’. OBi110 with Google Voice gave me exactly, 100%, what I wanted, and once I got it setup with Google Voice as my primary outbound, the whole system worked flawlessly. Totally transparent. Nary a problem. It was really too good to be true and as such, I knew (as is my luck), that it would one day come crashing down. Didn’t realize that that ‘one day’ would be this soon — i.e., May 15, 2014!

As I explained in these comments what I really would like is unlimited calling as I had with Google Voice or what I can get with MagicJack or as I found out yesterday, NetTalk.

Since they are always listed first, I assume because their name starts with an ‘A’, I first looked at the Anveo. They didn’t offer an unlimited call option. I have since discovered that PhonePower does for $60/month.

But this whole Google Voice debacle has left a bad taste in my mouth. I do NOT want to be held hostage by OBi.

So I started looking for alternatives that I could use with MagicJack.

So I started Googling for “two phone lines on 1 line phone system“, “two phone line bonding“, “two phone line bridging“. I was having zero luck. Lots of bogus entries for line splitters BUT I knew that I couldn’t just splice the two lines together!

Now red face time. I worked for ITT and Northern Telecom BUT I had totally forgotten PBXs — but that is understandable. I never worked on PBXs and like all good data folks we looked at PBXs with disdain. But, yesterday morning, in the shower, my second best place for inspiration (next to my near daily runs) it came to me in a blinding flash. I need a small PBX.

Started on eBay! Where else?

Found the VoicePro VP412. But, wasn’t going to buy it from eBay. Wanted to buy new from a dealer.

I LUCKED OUT. First Google brought up “Stok.com“. It even had a NY phone number. Called. Somebody answered! Miracles never cease — maybe because it is Easter. It was Glenn Stok no less. Very nice person. Hugely knowledgeable and very helpful. Kudos, kudos, kudos. 

Told me upfront that he wasn’t sure whether it would work with MagicJack. Maybe with MJ+. Said it would work with NetTalk. Told me how it would work.

The ONLY issues is cost. Not cheap — though relative. VoicePro VP214 + NetTalk (unlimited — for a year) will come in close to $350. Yikes. Wife will kill me! Will be cutting my nose to spite my face.

But, I want you all to know of the VoicePro VP412, i.e., PBX option, and Stok.com.

Thanks Glenn.

P.S., Glenn Stok is an author and as such I want to give him a plug too.


Loss Of Support For Google Voice As Of May 15, 2014 Makes The OBi100 & Other OBi Products Pretty Meaningless — At Least To ME.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Anura Guruge home network.

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>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
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obilameduck1I absolutely ADORE my OBi100 Voice Service Bridge!

It works, it works well, it works non-intrusively, it works 24/7 (provided we have power) and it works without hiccups!

What more can you expect or ask from a device? Well if they actually had any HUMAN sales or technical support it would be nice, but you can’t have it all.

I have had the OBi100 since November. It has worked like a champ.

I love the OBi-based phone network we have. Did I say that already. Sorry, old age.

Then last night I learnt, accidently, that in exactly a month I will lose my Google Voice service with the OBi100 because Google, NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY, is disabling the OEM API!

Not funny.

Oh, I should also say that I ADORE Google Voice. It has been a champ. Not a single problem. Seamless, transparent, consistent, mission-critical. Brilliant.

Google Voice and OBi100 was a MATCH made in heaven.

Now, as of May 15, that is all history.

Yes, I can have a paid VoIP account. But, that is NOT the same as FREE Google Voice.

IF I have to PAY for my VoIP, as will be the case of May 15, 2104, the beauty of the OBi, as far as I am concerned, dissipates.

Without Google Voice support the OBi100, to me, is pretty lame.

I might as well think, again, about Magicjack and a 2-line Panasonic phone system.

So this post is a heads up. Don’t BUY an OBi as of now …

Look at your other options. Without GV the OBi, to me, has NO advantages. A lame duck … a duck out of water.


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