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TimDan

@mindspring.com

outgoing calls via Google Voice/Obi

[Obitalk is down for maintenance, so I inquire here.]

On-line documentation is scarce on how one makes a simple outgoing call using GV/Obi. A couple commentaries seem to imply that one must first log into his/her GV account before dialing the destination number on the analog telephone that is attached to the Obi device. Is this true, or does one merely pick up the handset and start dialing?

TimDan



iwantobi

@sbcglobal.net

FYI, OBITALK is back online.

Assuming you have configured your gmail userid/password correctly on the OBi device, you can just picked up the phone and make a call.

You should also make sure you do not login with the same userid/password from another device or PC.



crazyk4952
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reply to TimDan

When you set up the OBi device, you will enter your Google Voice credentials on the setup website. Once you do this, the OBi will remember these credentials and you can place outgoing calls trough any analog telephone that is connected to the OBi ATA (just like a POTS line).

You can also receive incoming calls from your Google Voice number through the OBi device. You just need to make sure that your Google Voice number is set to route incoming calls to Google Talk (in the Google Voice configuration page).

Once this is all set up, it all works surprisingly well!



TimDan

@mindspring.com

OK, guys, thanks - once set up, it works just like Plain Ol' Telephone Service.

TimDan



gerick

join:2001-01-17
San Antonio, TX
kudos:1

Correct. Wife doesn't even notice a difference. She picks up same old phone, gets dial tone, and calls. WAF is real high.



crazyk4952
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reply to TimDan

While this setup does work well, I would not use this as a "landline replacement" in a household where multiple people are going to be using it as a primary telephone. Google Voice does not support 911. Period. If there is an emergency situation and someone calls 911, the call will fail.

You may be able to get around this by modifying the dial plan to route 911 calls to your local police/fire department, but even then they will not receive your address information automatically.


11221299

join:2012-01-13
New London, NH
reply to TimDan

i think this best telephonic feachers provide google obi calling system and if ou get benefit and configure short lad and ienjoy google feacher nice job keep it up


Stewart

join:2005-07-13
kudos:24
reply to TimDan

said by TimDan :

OK, guys, thanks - once set up, it works just like Plain Ol' Telephone Service.

Except, as crazyk4952 said, for 911 service.

The OBi can be configured for multiple providers. I strongly recommend that you get 911 service from Anveo or Callcentric. This will also serve as a backup, in case you have a problem with GV, which has essentially no support.


bitstopjoe

join:2009-08-02
Pen Argyl, PA
reply to 11221299

WOW can you type this again, but this time in a language we can understand so we can figure out what the heck you are trying to say.. whew. God bless the public school system!

Joe Sica



TimDan

@mindspring.com
reply to Stewart

said by Stewart:

The OBi can be configured for multiple providers. I strongly recommend that you get 911 service from Anveo or Callcentric. This will also serve as a backup, in case you have a problem with GV, which has essentially no support.

Thanks, Stewart. I intend to keep my primary landline active for awhile for incoming-calls/911/FAX/power-outage-protection until I get familiar with all the alternative service offerings. For now, CallCentric is a bit pricey for what I need, which is just basic domestic outgoing calls to replace my 2nd landline, without number porting, bridging, forwarding, etc. I did put my primary landline on Measured Service, at your suggestion, and I save about $7.50/mo with that.

TimDan