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OBiTALK Forcing A $10 Upgrade To Continue Google Voice Support!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and have a gander.


Click to ENLARGE. Slightly out-of-date but much of it is still in place.


I have been very successfully and gainfully using an OBi110Voice Service Bridge‘ to BOND our landline from TDS with an VoIP service from Google Voice. Basically I can use either the TDS landline or Google Voice to place calls and calls on the TDS landline comes in (as does calls on Google Voice).

Last week the OBi started giving me grief. Yes, I had changed my Google password (after we had our rental car, with electronics, broken into in San Francisco) and OBiTalk, quite correctly, needed the new password. But, even after that it kept on DISCONNECTING my Google Voice service. That was annoying. Then on the 4th day of this palava OBiTalk ADMITTED what it was really up to.

It wanted $10 off me to UPDATE my software and thereby have continued, uninterrupted Google Voice service. I didn’t really have any choice. $10 or NO Google Voice. I, of course, paid — via Amazon Checkout.

Just seemed sneaky and bordering on extortion. Easy way to get $10 per customer. $10 for FREE Google Voice is a bargain. I would have paid that without any problem. Seems a pity that OBi goes about doing this in what comes across as an underhand way!


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Dish or MetroCast After DirecTV — I Guess It Isn’t Even Close!

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My detested and deplored DirecTV contract ends in June — two months from now.

June 22nd to be precise. As I avowed within a few days of getting it, I will cancel my DirecTV contract the VERY DAY that my 2-year commitment ends. To say that DirecTV irks me would be an understatement. DirecTV has got to be one of the scummiest companies in the U.S.

So what do I do next.

I, actually all of us, LOVE the Roku 3. The Roku really has changed our lives — watching “Downton Abbey“, nearly every day, not the only reason. Though I will give it some REAL serious consideration over the next few weeks, I am not convinced that I can live just with STREAMING. Streaming is good. Streaming is fun BUT I still like, or want, broadcast channels.

Plus, I, my nature and my IBM background, am into redundant solutions. Not sure I want everything media-wise coming into this house to be Internet-based — even IF I end up, down the road, with two separate Internet feeds, TDS & MetroCast, for redundancy.

I don’t think I need all the channels I now get with DirecTV. But I am not going to sacrifice BBC America, Travel or Animal Planet for $10/month. So most likely I will still end up with a 200+ channel package.

I will get a monthly discount on Dish through TDS. That is a given. I am amazed how expensive MetroCast is! Wow. Don’t even mention ‘Packages’! They are a ripoff! I get FREE VoIP with Google Voice. Why do I need to pay for a voice package. Have it already. Thank you.

I will keep you posted. This was but the opening salvo.

June is going to be busy. Lease on the KIA also comes to an end; June 27. At least we are all agreed on the replacement plan for that. One or more Jags!


“Phone Power” Kindly Saved Me $60 (A Year). Thank YOU.

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I just saved myself $60 (a year) thanks to “PhonePower“.

I am pretty chuffed. How did I do it. I cancelled my “PhonePower” account — and I am JUST going to use Google Voice on my OBi110. Simple as that.

I went with PhonePower on May 14, 2014, for $60/year, when we lost Google Voice support on the OBi. I loved Google Voice and was bummed but PhonePower, for essentially $5/month, did pretty good.

When Google Voice support was restored in September 2014 I stayed with PhonePower. I configured Google Voice as my 2nd VoIP carrier. I was going to STAY WITH PhonePower and pay them $60 again in May. I did not want to DISRUPT the configuration that I had — and that worked. I was willing to pay $5/month to AVOID change.

Then today PhonePower disrupted MY network. I was having problems with Caller ID. They tried to fix it. But after they tried the OBi110 would NOT recognize their service! I had also LOST Google Voice. They then left me in the lurch and blamed it all on OBi!

Well I got the OBi to work again. All I had to do was recycle power! I managed to get Google Voice back. I put it back on as SP1. My primary and now ONLY VoIP. I still have a TDS landline for incoming calls and **8 outbound. Screw PhonePower.

They forced my hand and they saved me $60/year. Thank YOU.

Google Voice rocks. Yes, I have to put up with a Maine 207 number but that proves to be fun. People have NO idea that it is I calling.


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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>May 14, 2014.
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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.

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>> 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.
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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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>> 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.

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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.


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