Are you currently paying for a landline? If you are already paying for an internet connection, why not take advantage of the OBi VoIP system to make free phone calls within the US?
The OBi 100 is the size of a pack of cards and hooks up to your internet connection and your regular phone. Once you set it up, you can make calls within the US without having to pay any more monthly fees. The OBi100 cost about $45 and the OBi110is about $50 at Amazon.
The folks at OBi sent me the OBi 100 and OBi 110 to review and I like it. I tested the OBi 100 and will save the OBi 110 for the next giveaway. The OBi 110 has an extra input port for a land line. This input will enable you to keep your current land line service and use the regular emergency service while also taking advantage of VoIP for long distance calling.
It was pretty easy for me to setup the OBi 100. I signed up for a Google voice account and configured the OBi 100 according to the included instructions. It took me less than 15 minutes from unpacking to making a test call. The instruction is straightforward and I think most people won’t have much trouble with the setup.
The voice quality is good for me. Your internet connection needs to be pretty good for VoIP to work well. If your latency or jitter is bad, then your VoIP phone calls will suck. Check your internet connection’s QOS (quality of service) here at voipreview.org.
You have to give OBi your Gmail address and password if you use Google Voice. This is a security risk if you use Gmail for business or confidential emails. A business specific voip phone company might be a better option in this scenario. We always hear about security breaches these days and the fewer the places that have your password the better. Didn’t LinkedIn just lose millions of passwords recently? If you are concerned, you can create a new Gmail address and set it up with that instead.
Google Voice is not capable of calling 911 so you need to set something else up with another VoIP provider. Read this calling 911 page from Obihai for more details.
All in all, I like the OBi. I despise paying recurring fees and avoid them as much as possible. I’d rather pay a onetime fee and call it done. I can use my cell phone to call 911 if I need.
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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