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Arizona480
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« Reply #500 on: February 27, 2021, 10:50:18 am »

I have an old non-VoIP landline phone that supports voicemail. At the moment my internet cable company manages my phone access via PacketCable modem and it costs me $50 per month!

Questions:
1. Does ObiTalk with Google Voice send voicemails to the actual phone? I don't want to constantly have to access voicemails in ObiTalk Dashboard or in Google Account. I need voicemails to arrive to the actual phone. Does ObiTalk + Google Voice combination do that?
2. Who should I contact first when I begin number porting process - my current phone provider or the mobile carrier to which my landline phone will be ported?

1.  No, unfortunately there is no signal sent to any attached phones for voice mail notification.   My mom had to get used to this when she moved to GV.  The good news is, the GV app can be installed on any device, so she can keep an old smartphone or two around to get notified of any voicemails or texts.

I'm not sure if there is any device that would give you this signal, but one would be nice.

2.  You work with a mobile carrier, they handle everything with your current landline provider with your permission.
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FrobziKer
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« Reply #501 on: March 02, 2021, 05:51:53 am »

Please tell me ObiTalk devices with Google Voice make attached landline phones ring!

Can ObiTalk device be re-registered? I already have a Google Voice account, but it isn't the one we're going to use for our family phone once the number gets ported. I just want to give it try, but I don't want the ObiTalk device to be permanently registered to my current account.
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drgeoff
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« Reply #502 on: March 02, 2021, 06:31:52 am »

Please tell me ObiTalk devices with Google Voice make attached landline phones ring!

Can ObiTalk device be re-registered? I already have a Google Voice account, but it isn't the one we're going to use for our family phone once the number gets ported. I just want to give it try, but I don't want the ObiTalk device to be permanently registered to my current account.
The answer is yes to both your questions.
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lyric1011
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« Reply #503 on: March 29, 2021, 07:59:44 pm »

I had a landline with Comcast, and used Tracfone as the intermediary to make the number a mobile number.  I bought the intro SIM package for Tracfone on Amazon for $1:
 (https://www.amazon.com/eGift-Promotion-Tracfone-Phone-Prepaid/dp/B0728N8PT9/ref=pd_lpo_107_t_0/132-2035713-0610811?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0728N8PT9&pd_rd_r=eecad204-6dbf-4ba3-8167-e96acaf84663&pd_rd_w=hbIR8&pd_rd_wg=XT4n4&pf_rd_p=337be819-13af-4fb9-8b3e-a5291c097ebb&pf_rd_r=MS1RB3V3YHHX2KNDZ4H6&psc=1&refRID=MS1RB3V3YHHX2KNDZ4H6 ). 

It has 3 SIMS- ATT, T-mobile, Verizon.  I put the appropriate SIM (for the company of a cell I had lying around) in and activated the phone on the Tracfone site. 

The Tracfone port was almost instantaneous, but the Google Voice port took 48 hours.  Just a heads up- the Tracfone account number is not your SIM number (many sites say it is)- it is the IMEI of the activated cell phone. I put in the SIM number and got an error message from Google.  The IMEI number worked.

Total cost $86 (~2 months of landline on ATT, 3 months on Xfinity): Obi200 $50, Tracfone Sims $1, Tracfone 1 month cheapest plan $15, Google Voice Port $20.  I also signed up for GV911 to get E911 services for $12 a year. 

So far (2 weeks in),  crystal clear line, no dropped calls, all working as expected!
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ashishkumarji
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« Reply #504 on: May 09, 2021, 09:34:16 am »

I can always route my calls to my other phone numbers. If I port my land line straight to CC, then I lost this flexibility. This is, of course, assuming that Google will at least continue to provide call routing. In case Google stops everything, then CC is always there for me.
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