Update: VestaLink prices are scheduled to go up tonight at 11:59pm PDT (2:59am EDT).
Today I took advantage of a free trial from VestaLink.
Thanks to very clear directions and OBi setup tool within a few minutes I had my OBi switched over to their service and got a new number. I then had Google Voice forward calls made to Google Voice number to the new VestaLink number. I verified the Google Voice number by answering the call in Gmail and entering the 2 digit verification code using the Gmail dialer pad.
Then I setup VestaLink to spoof my Google Voice number on outbound calls so that when I call people it will still show the Google Voice number.
You can also port your Google Voice number to VestaLink for free, though I just left mine with Google Voice.
Call quality seems very good and it can support fax and E911 as well.
Caller ID shows up just like on a regular landline!
Calls to the US and Canada are free with any plan, no long distance fees are charged. Here is a spreadsheet for rates to other countries.
There is also a free smartphone app you can use for calls over data or WiFi though I am having some audio issues getting it to work on my GS4, so try that out first if that’s a deal-breaker for you.
Other features include: Voicemail Transcription with SMS and email notifications, Ring up to 6 phone numbers and 10 VoIP devices simultaneously, Call Blocking, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Call Detail Records, Caller ID w/ Name, Ring Scheduling, Fax to Email, and Web Faxing.
Now here’s the rub, their rates are supposed to go up by 20% tomorrow. The trial gives 60 free minutes, so try it now and see if you like it. If you do, you’ll want to upgrade to a paid plan now before the rates go up. Currently a plan with 500 minutes of monthly talk time is $29.99 for 1 year ($2.49/month) or $49.99 for 2 years ($2.08/month). A plan with 2,000 minutes of monthly talk time is $49.99 for 1 year ($4.17/month) or $74.99 for 2 years ($3.12/month). A plan with unlimited monthly talk time is $59.99 for 1 year ($4.99/month) or $89.99 for 2 years ($3.75/month).
All plans have a 30 day money-back guarantee.
Are you switching to VestaLink? Find another easy solution? Will you just give up your OBi completely? Hit the comments!