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Author Topic: Google Voice and Obihai Update - 11 Sept. 2014 -  (Read 4093238 times)
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« on: September 11, 2014, 11:37:11 am »

References:
Obihai (Blogpost): http://blog.obihai.com/2014/09/google-voice-and-obihai-update.html
Google+ (VP Engineering): https://plus.google.com/+CheeChew/posts/DRi3GxJ5hWK

Obihai has great news for everyone using Google Voice!

Google Voice is now Officially Supported on OBi VoIP devices.

Obihai is excited to announce official support for Google Voice. With a Google Voice account and a companion OBi device you can make and receive VoIP calls on a regular telephone. To get started, just login to the OBiTALK website, add your OBi device and select Google Voice as your service. You’ll then confirm your account with Google, and within minutes, you will be making and receiving calls from the comfort and convenience of your home phone. “With a Google Voice account configured on an OBi device, users will not only get all the great collaboration tools and app integration with Google Voice, they will also be able to enjoy many premium calling features, free calling within the U.S. and Canada and super-low cost international calling – all from the comfort of their home phone," said Jan Fandrianto, President and CEO of Obihai.

OBi Devices Make a Great Companion for Google Voice
• Place and Receive Calls with Your Google Voice Number on Regular Phones
• Call Internationally at Low Rates to Over 150 Destinations.
• Premium Features Included for Free Like Voicemail, Call Waiting, Telemarketer Blocking, Caller ID
  
You can now enjoy all the benefits of Google Voice on your OBi device, including features like personalized greetings, call blocking, SMS to email, and voicemail transcription. OBi users can also take advantage of Google Voice’s low calling rates. Today, calling the U.S. is free from the U.S. & Canada and 1¢ per minute from everywhere else. International calling rates are also really low, with per minute rates starting at 1¢ to Beijing, Bangalore, Mexico, Brazil and 150 other destinations – with no connection charge.* What's more, OBi users get premium features like Caller ID, telemarketer (spam) call blocking, call waiting, 3-way calling, and voicemail that acts like email – including voice message alerts by text and email with speech to text transcription.

The OBi device is a phone adapter which allows anyone to make and receive calls with a regular cordless or corded 'house' phone.  Calling can be done by dialing a regular phone number. Receiving calls is easy.  When someone dials your Google Voice number, the phone connected to your OBi device will ring.  The OBi phone will ring if the user’s Google Voice number is called or if the user’s Google ID is called via Hangouts or Gmail.  Also, since Google Voice does not support 911 calling, for a small fee, the OBi device may be set-up with a dedicated E911 VoIP service.

*Rates subject to change by Google.
For current rates please visit this website: Google Voice: Calling Rates
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DineHome
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 12:39:19 pm »

This is good news, but it would have been better news if Google Voice wasn't officially unsupported earlier this year, prompting many to go buy annual plans with other providers.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014, 01:22:58 pm »

This is good news, but it would have been better news if Google Voice wasn't officially unsupported earlier this year, prompting many to go buy annual plans with other providers.

Exactly my comment. I did end up buying annual plans.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2014, 01:31:27 pm »

When I got the email about this earlier today, I thought it was a very old email that was accidentally sent again, like from when GV was first implemented. 

I'm glad I was wrong!  Was this the result of some kind of deal with Google?  Or was the API opened again?

Or is this "Officially Supported" only on the Obihai end, in some kind of reverse-engineered manner?

In any case, thanks!
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drgeoff
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 01:44:06 pm »

Or is this "Officially Supported" only on the Obihai end, in some kind of reverse-engineered manner?
Click on the second URL in the first post.
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jayjr1105
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2014, 01:57:57 pm »

So will it still use the XMPP method of connecting or is there a whole new way to connect with GV?
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2014, 01:58:43 pm »

This is good news, but it would have been better news if Google Voice wasn't officially unsupported earlier this year, prompting many to go buy annual plans with other providers.
This.

Tried Vestalink, and it didn't work for a variety reasons. I then switched to Ooma a few months ago, and been there ever since. Higher upfront cost, and about $4/month, but E911 is included, and don't need to subscribe to a separate service for it. Plus, switching from Obi to Ooma was for the best. With Obi + Google Voice, I often had issue with some calls going to Google Voice mail, rather than my local answering machine. With Ooma, I obviously don't have that issue, and calls go through much quicker.

So, yeah, great news for people who still use Obi devices, but for me, too little too late
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2014, 02:09:49 pm »

The OBi phone will ring if the user’s Google Voice number is called or if the user’s Google ID is called via Hangouts or Gmail.
Can anyone confirm that calls to a Google ID will now ring the OBi?  It never did this before.
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Rulo
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2014, 02:22:27 pm »

References:
Obihai (Blogpost): http://blog.obihai.com/2014/09/google-voice-and-obihai-update.html
Google+ (VP Engineering): https://plus.google.com/+CheeChew/posts/DRi3GxJ5hWK

Obihai has great news for everyone using Google Voice!

Google Voice is now Officially Supported on OBi VoIP devices.

Obihai is excited to announce official support for Google Voice. With a Google Voice account and a companion OBi device you can make and receive VoIP calls on a regular telephone.

Are all the devices being supported? Or just the new 200 series?
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ez-obi
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 02:24:07 pm »

Just to confirm; this latest announcement about Obihai now supporting Google Voice, makes the earlier anouncenments about Google Voice not being surported because Google plan on discontinuing XMPP support obsolete?Huh

I am sure I am not the only one totally confused over all these convoluted statements from Obihai. It has been several months since Obihai made these statement about Google Voice not supporting XMPP and therefore no Obihai support.

I too have switch to OOMA because of these statements.

Can anyone at Obihai make a clear explanation in plain English about what the heck is going on???
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 03:03:56 pm »

Exactly.

I don't know what to make of this news. It's not that good for me since I was perfectly happy with GV before all the talk of GV non-support. I switched to Vestalink and I am not too impressed. I do have a good deal for the moment and I like not having to get E911 from a separate provider. Still, I can't help but think I have been jerked around by Obi and I still don't know what this really means.

I will be watching this thread to see if anyone can shed some light on what is truly going on here.
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Crow550
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2014, 03:10:39 pm »

It wasn't just Obihai.

GrooveIP & Talkatone patched out the Google Voice calling and went with other services because they had gotten the same info at the time.
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2014, 03:13:34 pm »

SO AGREE with the first reply in this thread! Very disappointed that I had to go to MUCH inconvenience and trouble back in early May, only to get this news now.

Not good to jerk a customer base around in this way!
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Crow550
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2014, 03:34:35 pm »

Anyone ever stop and think that Google was actually going to shut off XMPP before finding a way to make it more secure?

In the end though...... The past is the past and this is now.

Yes it's a pain in the ass. However if you wanna switch back you can.

At least now it's Officially Supported by Google this time!

It wasn't before. Keep that in mind....
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aopisa
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2014, 03:36:47 pm »

Does this have something to do with it?

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/google-hangouts-gets-a-huge-update-including-google-voice-integration/
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2014, 08:05:56 pm »

Fantastic news!  Cheesy Being patient paid off... I never abandoned GV and now we can just keep using it  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2014, 08:56:20 pm »

Could I get the steps involved in setting this up correctly?
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2014, 09:08:15 pm »

Jeeeez.  If Obihai and Google gave you a gigantic 24-carat gold plated toilet, would you instead shit on their doorsteps?  Read the posts in the rest of the forum today.  This is a GOOD THING, you whiners.
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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2014, 09:51:38 pm »

When I received email, I was too thinking it might be some real old email accidentally sent out again.

When I found the GV was still working after 5/15, I basically just adopted wait-and-see approach instead of jumping ship right away. But I always thought eventually it will end.  I am so glad that I can now feel free to continue the combo of Obi100 + GV.
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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2014, 10:49:37 pm »

Could I get the steps involved in setting this up correctly?

This has been posted several other places already, but admittedly, the forum is hard to search or to navigate to the posts.  So, here is a more-complete set of directions:

  • If you don't have any other service providers already configured on your OBi box, the cleanest thing to do is to log onto the OBiTALK portal, and delete your OBi device off of your account.  Then, factory reset the device, and add it back again.
  • Otherwise, if you already have some other (SIP) SPs you wish to keep, and/or some custom settings, then log onto the OBiTALK portal and just delete the Google Voice SP(s) you had previously configured.
  • Open another tab in the same browser (CTRL-T).  Log onto your Google Voice account here:  https://www.google.com/voice#phones
  • Verify that you see the exact two words "Your number" on the left side of the page, not "Access Number" or "Get a number", which would indicate that you don't have your own GV number.
  • Verify that you have a legitimate, working forwarding phone number on the list, that can receive calls forwarded to your GV number.  This is required by the Google Voice Terms of Service, even if you seldom use it.  Accounts without such a number are subject to having their GV numbers reclaimed by Google.
  • Remain logged into your GV account on its tab.  Go back to your OBiTALK portal page in the other browser tab.
  • Add GV as a service provider.  If necessary, your device will perform a firmware update to pick up the GV code.  Let it go through the process of popping up the OAUTH authentication window, where it will ask you if it's ok for Obihai to have offline access to your account.  Click through the process and wait while the spinner shows that it is configuring your device.
  • Set up 911 service as appropriate.
  • Enjoy!
Steve, could I configure my OBI and GV using the IE browser, I ask this because I have multiple Google profiles and want to keep this account separated (for security and simplistic sake). your thoughts would be most appreciative, thanks Jason.
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