ObiHai Obi200 Review – Block Spam Phone Calls & Cut the Landline Bill with Google Voice!

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VIDEO INDEX:
00:57 – Hardware overview
01:15 – Set up process
02:46 – Example of Google Voice outbound call
03:32 – Google Voice overview
05:40 – Google Voice new interface
06:06 – Using Google Voice for centralized cell phone voice mail
06:43 – How Google Voice handles calls
06:59 – Obihai simplifies outbound call process
07:25 – Google Voice requires a cell phone or landline to set up
08:03 – Switching to legacy interface for more features
08:44 – Configuring linked phones
09:12 – Configuring linked phone ring schedule
10:00 – Voice mail configuration
10:58 – Call screening options
12:12 – How to prevent and block junk calls and telemarketers
13:38 – Choosing what calls to allow through with groups
15:30 – Conclusion and final thoughts

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Devices that connect old (and new) analog telephones to the internet are nothing new. In fact I was playing with them twenty years ago. But now there are plenty of VOIP providers, many of which are compatible with this Obihai box. Think of these devices as cord cutting devices for your telephone. The Obi200 supports four different services at the same time in addition to its own device-to-device service.

But what really makes this item interesting is its official support for Google Voice. Here in the US Google Voice is completely free of charge with unlimited calling throughout the United States. Replacing your landline service with the Obi200 will save me at least $40 a month on phone service without even factoring in the cost of long distance calls. Those outside the US can choose from a number of services that are also compatible with the device (it should work with most SIP providers).

But Google Voice is more powerful than just a dial tone. Because it can also be configured to filter out and block calls from telemarketers and robo calls. In this video I show you how to set up a process to hand pick who can ring your home phone. Everyone else goes to voicemail.

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Comments

martkt10 says:

Would this work in the UK ?

Interesting Things says:

I don't understand what it does.

Digitalguy says:

what a pity this thing is not available in Europe….

Ebacherville says:

For a few years used a cheap android phone and google voice for a wifi phone. Worked awsome.. Back in the day of metered minutes and text limits it saved lots of those.. but now with unlimited everything I still have voice installed on my phone still use it.. I have been with it was "grand central" Also have been a magic jack user also.. that what i have tied into my phones in the home now.. forward Gvoice to that number.. this box could save me the very small magic jack yearly fee..

iamrlk69 says:

Hi lon, you should do a review on the MagicJack and MagicJack App. App is for iOS and Android so you make Wi-Fi call. I have both. Rick

XSportSeeker says:

I'd pay more than what I already do on the regular landline if only I could get Google Voice… unfortunately, tough luck for brazilians. And I don't think Google is ever bringing Voice here… monopolies, lobbying and such. Unfortunately, we're still trapped with high prices for the same old service with little to no options, most of which you end up having to pay even more for the decades old service.

I'd like to see if there's any compatible voip service with different payment scheme… it's just a huge waste of money. I have to keep a landline both because lots of places still asks for a home phone, and because I need an alternative number using another system because mobile service is just kinda unreliable.

KJValentine says:

I just imagine that when he had Lon Temp override and go through, it was actually someone calling legitimately right before he called it on his mobile. I know it's probably not true.

I just laughed at the thought of him picking up, someone on the other side going "Hey, Lon it's…." then Lon hanging up.

It's just a funny scenario when you match it up with the video, and he just carries on talking about the Obi200.

Hello Mr. Computer says:

I still prefer landlines or Internet-based landlines. They're much more comfortable to talk on and have much better sound quality.

Spuds says:

what about privacy? I don't really trust the folks over at Google.

j k says:

Been using google voice for like 5 years now. It is awesome.

Razor2048 says:

I really hate the new UI, it makes it does not allow me to select multiple messages for archiving, or deleting. Overall, far less functionality than the old UI.

Vince Baker says:

How good is the ObiHai customer service & warranty can you have a 2nd line for fax what will happen if in the futicher Google disconnects Google voice are there options here in the US. what about 911 calling?

Sean Anthony says:

Lon, my current home phone is with TWC. Can i port this number over to Google Voice or do I need to use a Mobile number when I setup Google voice? Great review, thanks!

Jack Jones says:

Googles next communication platform is going to be marketed "GoogleYabadabadoo"

Lifetips uk says:

What model is that wired telephone? 😂

Tyler Watthanaphand says:

I found obihai's documentation on the device very lacking. This wouldn't be much of a problem if their configuration UI wasn't so confusing.

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