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jbailey
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« on: Today at 02:51:30 pm »

I currently have landline service and dsl internet with 768 kbps and 300 up. Was wondering if you can have the Obi 200 with Google Voice along with landline service?  If the Obi setup worked, then I might cancel the landline. Thanks for any help.
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A_Friend
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« Reply #1 on: Today at 05:01:22 pm »

One problem you may have with dsl is that your local telephone company might not want to sell it to you without phone service.  If they will provide it, you'll most likely also be charged for what they call a "dry line."  It was $10 a month here in New York before Verizon stopped offering it.

Call your local business office to find out what the possibilities are.

Either way, you can't use an Obihai device without an internet connection, and bear in mind that GV won't give you 911 service.  So, based on your situation, I'd say you probably want to keep your current service, and use the GV as an auxiliary line.  You'll be able to save money by not having to pay for outgoing calls, which will reduce your phone bill, but unless you buy an ObiLine (FXO bridge device), you're going to need two wired phones, one for each line.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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jbailey
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:05:12 pm »

A_Friend, thanks for that response and I will do as you suggest, keeping both for a while.  If i am satisfied with the Google Voice, i will see if i can get a better dsl speed without the landline, provided no extra fees added. Thanks again for your help.
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LTN1
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« Reply #3 on: Today at 08:35:54 pm »

When determining if you have fast enough high speed internet for VoIP calls, check out SteveInWA's advice in this thread: https://www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=13514.0

Notice that it is not just speed (which yours is pretty low) but also stability--to maintain quality VoIP.
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jbailey
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 10:08:01 pm »

Thanks for the link LTN1. Yeah, pretty crappy speed but I rarely use the phone and computer at the same time, so will be giving it the best chance for success as far as competition goes.  Stability of connection is another concern. I guess I should wait for a sale on the Obi200 before rolling the dice. Thanks for your time.
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