Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Why Pay A Monthly Bill - Setup Free Home Phone Service Using OBihai And Google Voice.

Would you like free home phone service? Do you have a good broadband internet connection? Are you reasonably tech savvy? If you answered yes to all three, then check out the OBihai OBi100 device.

The OBihai is a Voice over IP (VOIP) phone bridge telephone adapter - similar to other options like Vontage and Magic Jack. It sells for $49.00 with free shipping on Amazon. You can setup this device with your broadband router and wireless phone handsets to create a phone connection in your home. Couple this unit with a free Google Voice phone number and you now have a full featured phone system for your home - and it's free.



Sure you have to buy the OBihai, but after that there is no monthly fee. You can call anywhere in the US with unlimited minutes and anyone can call you. Google Voice gives you all the phone features that you need (voice mail, caller id, etc.). The call and voice quality is excellent. No different than a normal landline phone - assuming you have a solid "always on" DSL or cable broadband connection.

Setting up the device involves plugging the unit into your router, your phone handset or wireless base, and AC power. You will need to have a free Google Account and a google voice phone number. You can sign up for a free account at Google Voice. The instructions on the Obihai website are clear and relatively easy to follow. There are only two caveats. First, like many VOIP phone services, 911 service is not included. If you have a cell phone with enhanced 911 this may not be an issue. You can also, remedy this situation by purchasing a 911 service as an add-on. Anveo offers 911 service for OBihai users for a reasonable $15.00 per year. Second, Google Voice has been free since its inception in 2009, however, there is no guarantee that it will always be free. I have used the OBihai, successfully, for over three years with a set of Panasonic wireless handsets. This is definitely a winning combination, if you want to cut the cord and save some cash.