Buy it on Amazon – (affiliate link) – The Obi200 connects your landline phones to a free Google Voice account and other Internet voice providers. It’s a free landline service replacement with options to block spam callers. Subscribe for more!
0:00 – Intro
00:57 – Hardware overview
01:15 – Set up process
02:46 – Example of Google Voice outbound call
03:32 – Google Voice overview
05:40 – Google Voice new interface
06:06 – Using Google Voice for centralized cell phone voice mail
06:43 – How Google Voice handles calls
06:59 – Obihai simplifies outbound call process
07:25 – Google Voice requires a cell phone or landline to set up
08:03 – Switching to legacy interface for more features
08:44 – Configuring linked phones
09:12 – Configuring linked phone ring schedule
10:00 – Voice mail configuration
10:58 – Call screening options
12:12 – How to prevent and block junk calls and telemarketers
13:38 – Choosing what calls to allow through with groups
15:30 – Conclusion and final thoughts
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Devices that connect old (and new) analog telephones to the internet are nothing new. In fact I was playing with them twenty years ago. But now there are plenty of VOIP providers, many of which are compatible with this Obihai box. Think of these devices as cord cutting devices for your telephone. The Obi200 supports four different services at the same time in addition to its own device-to-device service.
But what really makes this item interesting is its official support for Google Voice. Here in the US Google Voice is completely free of charge with unlimited calling throughout the United States. Replacing your landline service with the Obi200 will save me at least $40 a month on phone service without even factoring in the cost of long distance calls. Those outside the US can choose from a number of services that are also compatible with the device (it should work with most SIP providers).
But Google Voice is more powerful than just a dial tone. Because it can also be configured to filter out and block calls from telemarketers and robo calls. In this video I show you how to set up a process to hand pick who can ring your home phone. Everyone else goes to voicemail.
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