Okay folks! Found my VOIP replacement for my ObiHai device since Google is giving the ax to Google Voice integration with it in May 15th, 2014. The service I have chosen after plenty of research is ObiVoice
(no affiliation with ObiHai).
How do you sign up? It's easy... simply go to http://www.obivoice.com/#_l_3w
and click the blue box labeled 'See More'. The page will expand down, and after viewing their video (which I attached below for your convenience), scroll to the bottom of the page and click the aqua 'Sign Up Free' link. The sign up process is EXTREMELY simple and once complete, you'll be given your free trial. It is absolutely free... no credit card required. You'll get a certain amount of days/minutes to use the service before it will ask you to pay. Yes... you do have to pay, BUT
all of the features and ease of use make up for the cost.
I went with the $49.99 a year plan also known as the Residential Unlimited Plus Plan
. With this plan, I get:
* unlimited minutes per month
* free local/nationwide/Canada calling
* visual voicemail transcription
* new voicemail message notifications to other numbers/emails
* outgoing caller ID spoofing (so I can make it look as if my GV number is calling
* an Android app to make calls from my cell/tablet using my ObiVoice service (and it too looks like my GV number is calling
* and 20 more features like E911 Calling, Call Blocking, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Call Detail Records, Caller ID w/ Name, Ring Scheduling, Fax, Fax to Email, Web Faxing, etc.
The list could go on and on, seriously, this service isn't messing around. They're serious about getting business, and they've earned mine.
The setup process with my ObiHai (Obi100) device was extremely easy
. I clicked a link presented to me after sign up and entered the IP address of the ObiHai device on my network. Once I did that and clicked a button, it logged in to my ObiHai Obi100 device and made the switch to the ObiVoice service for me. After two minutes, it was ready for use. My next step was to log into Google Voice and add my new ObiVoice number as a forwarding number. Once that was complete, I went back to ObiVoice and spoofed my outgoing caller ID. After that, I was DONE.
The Android app setup process was extremely simple too (and yes, they also have an app for Apple
). Here's how it works. Once you set up the service, go to the Devices section and click the option for Mobile App. At the top of the page you'll notice a huge QR code, and at the bottom of the page there's links to the Android Play/Apple App Stores. Click the app option you want, and start the app download process. Once the app is installed to your device, open it. *On Android*, once the app is open, you'll notice at the bottom of the app, there's a QR code reader option. Press that, then hold your device so that it can scan your computer monitor where the HUGE QR code is waiting. You'll hear a beep and the app will program itself!! Boom! You're done. Yes, it's that easy.
So there you have it. That's all I had to do and I was finished. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
So, what are you waiting for? Give it a shot today! http://www.obivoice.com/#_l_3w #obihai #obivoice #obi100