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After asking other freepers my VOIP solution is obi100
selfie | May 4 2014 | selfie

Posted on 05/04/2014 11:00:12 AM PDT by dennisw

About six months ago I asked freepers what they used for VOIP.  I got many answers including Ooma and Obi100/
I bought an obie100 that worked with google talk but google ended that ability

I finally landed on VOIP provider Vestalin which I think Obi100 comapny owns. Here is their pricing
http://www.vestalink.com/pricing/?plan=basic

I signed up for Vestalink 2 years/2000 minutes per month/$75paid in advance
So here is my 2 year phone bill

Obie100            $37               one time charge Can buy at Amazon, NewEgg and other places
Vestalink           $75               two years VOIP
Number Porting $10               one time charge.

TOTAL            $122         

So now I have two years VOIP lined up. Taxes and fees are included. I have no "land line" phone bills to think about or pay for 2 years
I have been using this for one month with no problems.

Two years from now I will renew for another 75$........ If they increase to $100 it is still worth it at $50 per year

You can go to Vestalink and get a free 30 trial. No credit card at least for me. They will give you a phone number in your area code that you can keep if you sign up or you port your existing number. Porting took 7 days from AA&T


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1 posted on 05/04/2014 11:00:12 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Obi also sells more advanced models than the obi100 that I got. Such as ports for two phones and built in faxing capability


2 posted on 05/04/2014 11:02:06 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

So, I need to ask the dumb questions: When you now make phone calls, do you sit at your computer? If someone calls you, does your computer ring? Or do you have a standard telephone unit, plugged into the wall in your kitchen, just like anyone else?


3 posted on 05/04/2014 11:03:09 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: dennisw

Thanks, I have been using Vonage for probably 10 years.

I generally works fine but has been all snockerd up for the last two months.

Bought a new Vonage box for 99c and the problem went away before I ever even installed it.

Frustrating.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 11:06:23 AM PDT by mylife
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To: ClearCase_guy

 

So, I need to ask the dumb questions: When you now make phone calls, do you sit at your computer? If someone calls you, does your computer ring? Or do you have a standard telephone unit, plugged into the wall in your kitchen, just like anyone else?

First you need a router. Obi plugs into it. Your computer is not involved.

You then plug whatever phones you like into obi100. You can plug a set of three cordless phones into obie.  You forget about your house telephone wiring. Though if you put your mind to it you could find a way to send obi telephone through it. I know I could if the outside telephone box (pistide wall of my house) had not been changed 6 months ago

5 posted on 05/04/2014 11:11:17 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Thanks.


6 posted on 05/04/2014 11:12:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: mylife

Vonage is behind this Basic Talk device and service that a friend bought. Cost is $10 for device at Walmart. Porting is free. Then $10 a month for unlimited calls US and Canada. He needs to call Poland and has a separate service for that,,,,This long distance service worked through his old ATT line and now works with this $10 phone service

http://www.walmart.com/ip/BasicTalk-Home-Phone-Device/23739626


7 posted on 05/04/2014 11:16:42 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

We were SO FED UP with the crappy service from AT&T that we switched to the Comcast Triple Play about a year ago — HD TV, Phone, and 55 Mbps Internet. Haven’t had a single outage in that time — rock solid. AT&T DSL phone and Internet would go down every week, the nominal 1.5 Mbps Internet line would routinely collapse to 200 kbps, and they wouldn’t respond. I’ll NEVER go back to AT&T. We actually wound up saving quite a bit buying the triple play package compared to the old POTS + DSL from AT&T and Cable TV from Comcast.

I doubt that I could save anything by going back to three separate suppliers.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 11:23:29 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mylife

I’ve had Vonage for a little over a year now and use it for my business line. Works fine thus far. Sorry you’re having problems. Really like their message system and a whole lot less expensive than a business line through AT&T. Ring Central maintains a listing of all in-bound and out-bound calls available via the Internet if I ever forget to write someone’s number down.

Considered getting a cell phone line to use for just business but I much prefer being able to talk on a regular phone equipped with a speaker so I can do other things when I’m on hold.

It does get frustrating though when the internet is down for any reason because then I do have to make outgoing calls on my personal cell.


9 posted on 05/04/2014 11:33:24 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I've had my Obi100 for a couple of years but on May 15th Google is ending support for the XMPP communications protocol that Obitalk uses to link with Google Talk (hangout). The Obitalk website has links to recommended VOIP service providers who can continue the phone service for as low as 10 cents per day.

You have to have Internet service for this to work. I have Comcast Internet. I plug the Obi100 into one of the Ethernet jacks on my Netgear WiFi router. Then I plug my cordless phone's base station into the Obi100.

You don't need a computer for this to work but it is easier to access some of the Obitalk features using your browser to reach its configuration screen.

You don't need a third-party VOIP service provider for an Obi phone to connect with another Obi phone over the Internet but that's a pretty limited reach.

10 posted on 05/04/2014 11:37:31 AM PDT by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: dennisw

I still have a regular landline from ATT that I will disconnect soon that costs $43 per month. If I were to keep it I would switch to a voip setup. Thanks to those that post their voip plans for regular phones. It will be interesting to find out how it works.

For my cellphone plan I have the “T-Mobile $30 plan” with 100 minutes + 5gb 4g data (unlimited 3g afterward) + bring your own phone. I bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 for T-Mobile at Amazon for $385. Google plan name to locate.

Since I have so few minutes I ended up installing Skype. For quality it sounds like the person is in the same room. http://www.skype.com

It uses the data and since a phone call is 1 to 3mb per minute, you have a thousand+ minutes to use. It costs either $2.99 per month or $30 a year and change after a 15% discount for 1 year in advance. You pay so you can call anyone without using your minutes. 1gb is 1 thousand mb.

It is free otherwise for Skype to Skype calls.


11 posted on 05/04/2014 11:39:57 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: dennisw

I just got this device for 99c on Amazon but have not set it up.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vonage-Box-VoIP-Phone-Adapter/23739646?action=product_interest&action_type=image&placement_id=irs_top&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=76152815556&category=0%3A3944%3A546952%3A1070964%3A3977%3A164222&client_guid=32c3d204-c7e9-42f3-8475-f7161b24dc96&config_id=2&parent_item_id=23739626&guid=e3cdf679-ae43-477d-9687-b32beb7f7e35&bucket_id=irsbucket000&findingMethod=p13n

I thought my old linksys device was the problem but now everything works fine.
When it goobers up again I guess I will install the new device.

I like the pricing on your service.
I am paying $35 a month.

Just cut my cable and am using XBMC on GBox MX2. This give me more content than I had before ad saves me $67 a mo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfA-yYe3Nnc


12 posted on 05/04/2014 11:42:55 AM PDT by mylife
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To: Grams A

The problems have cleared up.
Overall I have been happy with vonage.


13 posted on 05/04/2014 11:44:28 AM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

Why not try your linksys or 99 cent thing with Vestalink. http://www.vestalink.com/pricing/?plan=basic You get free 30 day trial no credit card asked for

IOW you can prolly use one of them instead of the obi100 that I use


14 posted on 05/04/2014 12:30:17 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: minnesota_bound

“I still have a regular landline from ATT that I will disconnect soon that costs $43 per month.”

My ATT copper landline deal was $33/month. Once it got past $30 I started to look for an alternative


15 posted on 05/04/2014 12:32:31 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Good idea.

I’m scaling back on ridiculous utilities


16 posted on 05/04/2014 12:32:46 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Procyon

I had the same dilemma. Was using google voice w my obi. So now I use my obi100 with Vestalink http://www.vestalink.com/pricing/?plan=basic

$75 for two years

For those who are confused—— obi100 is merely a piece of hardware. VOIP hardware-—electronics

You still need a VOIP provider to route your phone calls over the internet. I was using google voice for this but now use Vestalink

Vonage gives you one stop shopping but for a higher price, They supply the VOIP hardware
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the call routing over the internet

Walmart Basic Talk is 10$ a month is the same one stop shopping and does about the same as Vonage at $10 a month/ Vonage has more features I believe


17 posted on 05/04/2014 12:41:51 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw
There are a bunch here too: Call From Computer
18 posted on 05/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: mylife

“I’m scaling back on ridiculous utilities”

Same here. Comcast jacked up my TV + internet but going VOIP reduced my monthly phone bill from $33 to about $3 a month. So I am ahead of the game!!!

Next step is to cut out Comcast and go to zero cable TV and get DSL internet for a while. Maybe a year or two with no cable TV and then I’ll want it again and get back on Comacst with some kind of deal


19 posted on 05/04/2014 12:46:57 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Get a TV antenna and a Gbox midnight MX2.
Say goodbye to cable and dish


20 posted on 05/04/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT by mylife
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To: dennisw

You will need DSL 6mb download speed or better to use the Gbox for streaming video.

Brother says it works for him with 3mb, but the faster the better.


21 posted on 05/04/2014 12:51:57 PM PDT by mylife
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To: dennisw
I have an Obi, and it is awesome. Cost me $30, and no monthly fees when used in conjunction with a Google Voice account. However, Google announced that it is getting rid of its Google Voice service soon. I got an email from Obi saying that their system wouldn't work when that happens unless we get another SIP provider. Have you got something in mind for that eventuality?

I hold out hope that Google won't get rid of Google Voice. It has been a great service.

22 posted on 05/04/2014 12:52:45 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: dennisw
If you call the USA and Canada a lot you can use Magic Jack. I don't use it, but some of my friends swear by it.
23 posted on 05/04/2014 12:53:54 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: Defiant

I had google voice too .....now I have VestaLink..... http://www.vestalink.com/pricing/?plan=basic 75 dollars for two years...


24 posted on 05/04/2014 4:06:05 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: minnesota_bound

As I understand it, T-Mobile just dropped all of their overage charges, with people on plans like yours grandfathered in. Thus, your $30 per month now gets you unlimited voice calls too.


25 posted on 05/04/2014 4:09:18 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dennisw

If my Google Voice ever goes away, I’ll check out VestaLink.


26 posted on 05/04/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Defiant

May 15th is when google voice will not work with obi100. This date was set months ago. Maybe google will change its mind but this is what they announced last October or so.


27 posted on 05/04/2014 4:44:25 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: mylife

I never stream video from Amazon or Netflix...... You mean you tube? I have streamed it at 2.86 mbps DSL. You have to wait for the video to load. A minor inconvenience you just do something else on internet and come back when it is loaded

Of course youtube streams very smoothly at 25mbps Comacst internet. Google maps load smoothly. At 3mbps google maps loads slowly ....that is more of a bother than youtube streaming


28 posted on 05/04/2014 4:50:49 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 9YearLurker

I wish you were right but in April I went over and had to buy more minutes.


29 posted on 05/04/2014 5:58:36 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: dennisw

This Gbox thingy optimizes streaming.

http://www.amazon.com/G-Box-Midnight-MX2-Android-Streaming/dp/B00CH643A8/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_2/180-9920899-3180601?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1399252241&sr=1-2&keywords=g-box+midnight+mx3

Investigating this Ouya thingy, it is quad core.

http://www.amazon.com/OUYA-Console/dp/B0050SZD18/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399252313&sr=8-1&keywords=ouya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On87nZ6-wzU


30 posted on 05/04/2014 6:19:53 PM PDT by mylife
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To: minnesota_bound

They just made the announcement on April 14.


31 posted on 05/04/2014 9:53:37 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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