Thursday, May 21, 2015

Practically "Free" Landline service with ObiHai and Google voice (VOIP)

I have purged myself from paying for a traditional landline.  Furthermore, I can hardly believe that's it's been this long.  Since November of 2013, I have had a practically free landline by using Google Voice via an device over my Internet Service.  (Yes, I do pay for an ISP).  Google Voice calling is free nation-wide and if you need to call overseas, they offer extremely low international rates.

Had I retained my traditional phone service at $27 per month, I'd have paid $486 plus fees plus taxes for the last 18 months. However, I have only paid $14.40 for my optional e911 from

Specifically I purchased the OBi200 from Amazon which is now only $48:


I then acquired a Google Voice phone number.  (Technically I ported my existing number for a cost, but that is optional.  If you find you cannot port your landline number, you can circumvent the system by porting it to a mobile device SIM, then to Google -- This was a $30 and 5 day process for me -- again this is optional as I preferred to retain my existing number.)

OBIHai Officially support Google Voice.

My family has utilized "FREE" VOIP phone service for the last 18 months and it is of the same quality as any phone service from a traditional provider.  It works perfectly with my multi-phone cordless base-set much like this one.  Additionally, with Google Voice, I am able to receive voicemail recordings and missed call notifications direct to my Gmail.  I can also block numbers easily via web interface and use other awesome features such as having Calling Circles for filtering calls direct to voicemail.

Most telephony service providers are now only offer VOIP anyway.  With Google and OBiHai you can now remove the middle-man and have the same service without the $20-30 monthly costs associated with it.

Google Voice does NOT provide 911 service; however, provides me with e911 for a mere 80 cents per month.

Please consider using my Amazon affiliate Ad for the OBi200 above and optionally my referral code 7384061.

For a little more detail on the ObiHai device, see this nice article:

Thank you kindly and good luck!

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