My $0/Month and $0.00/Per Minute Landline Phone.

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Update #3, 01/25/13: The OBi100 is currently on sale for just $37.99 and the OBi110 is currently on sale for just $39.99 shipped from Amazon!
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Update #2, 12/26/12: Google has once again announced that US and Canada calling will remain free throughout 2013!
I also use GrooveIP on my Android when abroad to make free calls back to the US via Google, so that will remain free for 2013 as well. Thanks Google for the gift that keeps on giving!
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Update #1, 12/20/11: Google has announced that US and Canada calling will remain free throughout 2012! My OBi110 continues to pay dividends, hopefully it stays free for years to come as well!

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Originally posted on 03/28/11:
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If you used to be landline-free like me, don’t forget to also pick up a phone like this VTech Dect 6.0 cordless phone with caller ID for $19.95, or the 2 handset version for $29.96, or the 2 handset version with a digital answering machine for $39.99.

Quick FAQ’s about this device:
-It works with any regular phone.
-It makes regular outgoing and incoming calls with caller ID.
-Calls are free from anywhere in the world to US and Canada numbers.
-You can call international numbers for very little per minute. Israel is 2 cents per minute to landlines and 10 cents for cell phones. All rates are listed here: https://www.google.com/voice/rates
-You can only port a cell phone number to Google, so if you want another number you’ll have to first port it to a prepaid cell service (page plus, att, tmobile, etc) and then port it to google.
-It costs nothing per month after you buy the machine.
-You don’t need any other phone service, just broadband (DSL/FIOS/Cable) internet service.
-You do not need a computer.
-You do not need a phone jack.
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Thanks to the heads-up of David, a DansDeals Forum member, I purchased the Obihai OBi110 from Amazon back on March 7th.

The device is a conduit between your broadband connection and a landline phone for free phone calls with no monthly service fee and no cost for making calls!

It performs all kinds of tricks, but the main feature that I got it for was its very easy setup with Google Voice.  It works with any regular or cordless landline phone for free incoming calls, free outgoing calls to the US and Canada, and Google Voice’s dirt-cheap international dialing rates. Your computer does not need to be on for your phone to work.

You can also plug in a landline phone, or another VOIP service like Ooma or Magic Jack, into the device and you’ll be able to access multiple different lines of service from your landline phone.

Here’s what I did:

-I bought the OBi110 for $49.99 and a Vtech Dect 6.0 cordless phone with caller ID and speakerphone for $19.54 last week. Additional cordless phones are available for just $14.95

-I opened up a new Google Voice account (there’s a limit of 1 per email address) and got a vanity number. (Google Voice allows you to search their database of free phone numbers for any combination of numbers or letters)

-I charged the cordless phone for 24 hours and then set it up.  With the easy instructions I was able to set it up in less than 15 minutes and the call quality has been very good! It displays the caller ID number for incoming calls and Gmail will even notify you of and transcribe voicemails!

Google has already announced that the free calling will last through 12/31/11. After that nobody knows, but here’s hoping Google continues to allow the free calls forever!

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menachem

Does caller ID work normally with this for both sides?

Meaning – when I call someone does my name and number show up normally on their caller ID? And when someone calls me, does their info show up on my caller ID?
Thank you

Yoel

@Anonymous: i just signed up for optimum online in monsey for $29.95/month for the first year

Yoel

@Dan if i have optimum, all i need to do is buy the OBIi110 and a handset and im ready? im ok with a new number, so porting isnt an issue.

sol

I only had problems with this devise since I got it AWFUL CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Joyce

Finally bit the bullet and set this all up… been wanting to for a long time, but finally made the jump! Obi & Google Voice working happily together & house number is officially ported. Yippee! I especially love the voicemail-to-text message that you can set up to get on your cell when someone leaves a voicemail. Awesome.

Joyce

@Atara – if you’re still reading this…

The purpose of the prepaid cell is only if you want to have your existing home telephone number transferred to Google voice (called “porting”). Google voice can only port a mobile number; you cannot directly send your landline number to them. So… port (transfer) your existing landline number to a prepaid cheapy cellphone. Once that is complete, you now have a mobile number that is eligible to be ported to Google voice. Once the second port (from mobile to Google voice) is complete, you no longer need the temporary cell phone. Hope that clears it up for ya!

Mike

If my wireless router is in one room and landline phone in another, any suggestions on making router-obihi-landline phone connection be wireless? (w/o having to purchase OBiWiFi Wireless Adapter for OBi202).

Igor Ivanovich

To those who asked, the plug (electricity) is usable in Israel, just needs a little piece to adapt for the size of the plug. Just look on the adapter (the plug thing) and double check – it should say the electricity in is 110-240 volts. That means that it can run on electricity in the USA and Israel.

Just for good luck I will add a joke here – Dan, what is the difference between the 2 models? Can I make phone calls with it? How do I connect it to a computer? Will it drain the battery? What if I have no internet connection but I have unlimited calls to the USA on my Israeli cell? Enough!!

Anyway, thanks a million!!! I finally got this set up! Thanks to the one who helped in the usa! It took me a while until I realized that I should order already, then I got it and just set it up! Thanks also to the one who brought it here! Thanks everyone! Dan you should continue to be blessed with MUCH patience! Safe trip!

Meir

I set this up and I’m very happy with the call quality.
My only problem is that I can’t check my voicemail from my home phone. When I call my number I get a busy signal. The settings are all correct.
Does anyone know how to fix this issue?

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