Friday, April 27, 2012

Free OBi110 Offer to Men and Women in the United States Military

Note:  Due to the popularity of the response from members of the US Armed Forces, the below offer is no-longer available.

Obihai have a limited number of manufacturer-certified, reconditioned OBi110 units which we can provide free of charge, to members of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force & Coast Guard).

The only requirement is the member of the military must be stationed outside the USA (50-states) and provide their APO or FPO mailing address to Obihai. If you or your family member qualify, please send email to OBiUSA@obihai.com and provide the following four (4) things:  

1. First & Last Name 
2. Branch of Military 
3. (dot)mil Email Address
- For example: john.smith@us.army.mil
- This is the email address we will use to confirm/track the shipment.
4. APO or FPO Address
- This is the mailing address where we will send the shipment.
- Do Not Use an International Address

This offer is good only until the limited supply of OBi110 units are consumed. Obihai will post a notice on the OBiTALK forum and Facebook page when the currently available supply is consumed. There is a limit of one (1) OBi110 per person or family. Please allow 4-8 weeks for processing.

Related offer from Google Inc: In 2011, Google provided members of the military free calling, regardless of the country where the call originates. This functionality can be applied to the OBi device such that a regular telephone can be used instead of a computer (using the Gmail Call Phone feature). Click here to see this Gmail blog post for more information. Please note, we have not been able to confirm if this offer remains available into 2012. If it does not, then calls originated outside the USA or Canada to USA and Canada numbers will cost 1 cent per minute.*

* Google previously announced that calls inside the USA and Canada to the USA and Canada will be free through 2012. Calls to the USA and Canada from other countries are 1 cent per minute. Google Voice cannot be used to place or receive emergency services calls. Android, Gmail and Google Voice are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Obihai Technology's New Phone Adapter Hits VoIP Sweet Spot & More

The OBi202 2-port VoIP phone adapter with router supports up to 4 VoIP services, including Google Voice™ with network and application extensibility via integrated USB port.


Obihai, the customer-top-rated manufacturer of VoIP phone adapters for SIP and Google Voice™, has just released the OBi202 two-port VoIP telephone adapter with integrated router and USB port. The OBi202 is for sale now at www.Amazon.com and available to service providers for mass-deployment. With the previously announced End-of-Sale for the Cisco-Linksys SPA2102 and PAP2T, the OBi202 is well-equipped to replace these highly-regarded ATAs for both value added reseller (VAR) and service provider deployments.

The OBi202 is targeted at Internet phone service providers world-wide, as well as power-users of Google Voice™ and literally hundreds of Bring Your Own Device SIP services. The OBi202's innovation and sophistication in the areas of speech technology, voice traffic prioritization, call management and ease of set-up are catalysts that will ignite excitement among consumer and small business users who want the best product for their VoIP communication needs.

“We are extremely excited to bring the OBi202 to market and support all the customers using the device,” said Jan Fandrianto, President and CEO of Obihai Technology, and inventor of the first VoIP phone adapter.  “Home and small businesses users of the OBi202 will be impressed with its innovative features, attractive design, excellent voice quality and reliability,” Fandrianto said.

Pricing & Availability

The OBi202 is priced at $99.99 and is available today at Amazon, for a promotional price of $74.99 with free shipping. Over the next few months, more stores and on-line merchants are expected to carry the OBi202. Resellers and service providers should contact Obihai directly at: sales@obihai.com for information on sourcing and deployment of the OBi202.   

OBi202 Highlights:

  • Easy to Set-Up and Use
  • Based on comments from Obihai customers, there have never before been VoIP devices that can be set-up so easily and used immediately, with absolutely no prior technical knowledge of VoIP or voice & data networking by the end-user.  The OBi202 is no different than its brothers, the well-reviewed and market-leading OBi100 and OBi110 VoIP phone adapters.  When used in conjunction with the www.OBiTALK.com web portal, anyone can have an OBi up-and-running – making and receiving calls in minutes.


  • Fully-Matrixed VoIP Service Routing with Four VoIP Services and OBi-to-OBi Calling 
  • Phones connected to the OBi202’s 2-phone ports are able to access any of up-to-four (4) SIP or Google Voice services and the OBiTALK OBi-to-OBi calling network to make and receive free and low-cost calls from across town or to anywhere in the world.

  • A Mini-Phone System via Phone Collaboration
  • While the OBi202 phone ports can function independently with any of the available VoIP service providers and OBiTALK, the OBi202 also offers collaborative features which allow its phone ports to work together as a mini-phone system.
    The user can dial a “#” key to call from one phone port to the other.  Depending on the current state of the called phone, one of the following can happen:
    - If the called phone is idle, it will ring normally with a Caller-ID indicating the call is coming from the phone connected to the other phone port of the same OBi202.
    - If the called phone is already on a call, the calling phone can automatically join the call.
    - If the called phone is on-hook with a call holding, the calling phone can pick up / resume the call.
    - If the called phone is ringing, the calling phone will pick-up and answer the incoming call.

  • The Industry's Most Comprehensive SIP-Based VoIP Platform
  • Service providers Vonage, MagicJack, Nettalk, Ooma and Skype (via FREETALK) do not currently support anything other than their own device, locked-down to only their service. Obihai devices, on the other hand, can be used with a multitude of services – actually four at the same time.  The OBi202 can be used with any Internet phone service that supports the SIP open standard.  For example, the OBi202 may be used with hundreds of Bring-Your-Own-Device service providers like; Anveo, Callcentric, VoicePulse, VoIP.ms.   By using the www.OBiTALK.com web portal, customers can easily set-up the OBi202 with their BYOD service username and password. The OBi202 also supports the T.38 real time fax-over-IP standard protocol for reliable faxing over the Internet.

  • Native Support for Google Voice™
  • From the telephones connected to the OBi202, anyone can make free calls in the USA and Canada at least through the end of the year*.  Users may also receive calls to their Google Voice phone number(s) and get new / unheard voice message notifications on the phones attached to the OBi202.  If outside the USA or Canada, users may still use their Gmail account with the OBi202 to place calls to over 150 destinations worldwide at incredibly low rates – For example; USA and Canada for 1₵ per minute, India, China and Hong Kong for 2¢ per minute. Up to four (4) Google Voice accounts may be configured on the OBi202.


  • High-Speed Fast Ethernet Router or Bridge with Voice Call Traffic Prioritization
  • The OBi202 is designed on-top of a powerful purpose-built processing platform.  The OBi202 is equipped with a one-port Fast Ethernet router with firewall and integrated quality of service (QoS) that ensures voice conversations are prioritized on the network, before all other traffic.

  • USB Port for Network Flexibility and Application Extensibility
  • The OBi202 USB port is designed to serve multiple purposes. Using the soon to be available OBiWiFi Wireless Adapter, the OBi202 can be placed anywhere within range of an 802.11b/g/n access point.  Or, the USB2.0 port can be connected to a storage device to enable local and remote access of digital files via the Internet by authorized users.

  • Cloud-Based Configuration and Software Management
  • The OBi202 includes the ability to be managed by the OBiTALK cloud configuration service. From anyplace where there is an Internet connection, OBiTALK allows users to add OBi devices, configure VoIP accounts and share services amongst their own OBi endpoints and those of their trusted friends. In-service software updates are easily performed either automatically from the OBiTALK portal or by dialing ***6 from a phone attached to the OBi device.

  • Zero-Touch Provisioning with Remote Management / Diagnostic Troubleshooting
  • With Obihai Zero-Touch provisioning (ZT), it is very easy for service providers to purchase OBi units in quantity and realize the benefits of touch-less provisioning to lower operational costs and speed-up customer deployments.  OBi units provisioned via ZT can be fully customized such that the OBi factory default settings are those of the service provider and securely locked to the OBi device after initial power-up and ZT provisioning.  Subsequent subscriber-targeted profile configurations can be directly served from the service provider’s network with security and reliability.

    Complimentary to ZT, Obihai have a specialized web-portal for VoIP service providers.  Via the portal, service provider support engineers can access each device individually to troubleshoot and configure specific parameter settings as well as set-up and perform loop-back calls and other tests without requiring the end user subscriber’s assistance or intervention.

    Available at Amazon.com Click here to visit the Obihai storefront.
    Please contact sales@obihai.com to contact Obihai about becoming a partner service provider or reseller.
    A comprehensive OBi202 technical data sheet is available: Click Here.

     

    * Google previously announced calls to the USA and Canada will be free through 2012.
    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
    Google Voice, Google Apps, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Chat are trademarks of Google Inc.
    Other company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.