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Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Google Voice Service Is Still Working on My OBi

11 Sept '14: Google Voice Now Officially Supported with OBi Devices
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- 5/17/14 Article -

The Google Voice Service is Still Working on My OBi! How come?
At the end of last year, Google Inc. announced that the open and documented XMPP communication protocol would be abandoned in favor of a new, proprietary way to do real-time voice, video and instant messaging communications. The time-line for the migration to this new way was not stated.

At about the same time, but separately, Google stated third-party applications should stop supporting XMPP by May 15th 2014. Now that this date has passed, like you, we have observed Google services using XMPP are still connected and working, e.g. you can still place and receive calls using a Gmail account configured on your OBi device. It is important to note, this does not change the previous statements from Obihai that we no longer support direct connections to Google Voice on OBi devices. We strongly recommend all OBi owners using the Google Voice service obtain a new service to ensure continued, uninterrupted calling from the phone connected to the OBi.

Fortunately, there are several OBiTALK Approved Service Provider (ASP) choices available to all OBi device owners for Internet VoIP phone services. These services are easy to sign-up for and configure automatically on an OBi device. They also come at a great price - with all fees and taxes included.

OBiTALK Approved Service Provider Updates


OneSuite has been added as an OBiTALK ASP. OneSuite has a unique pay-as-you go offer for Obi device owners called SuiteAdvantage. This offer does not include 911. In addition to using your OBi device, you will also be able to make cheap calls and receive unlimited calls using OneSuite's smartphone app or computer softphone. No hidden fees, no setup fees, no contract! Sign-up for SuiteAdvantage with at least $10 credit in a OneSuite prepaid account and receive a 6-month free subscription to OneSuite's online fax service.

More OBiTALK ASP Partners:


With annual plans starting at $39.99 including E911, Anveo offers voice services for home and small business users. Anveo also provides free porting of Google Voice numbers to their service.

Phone Power:

Phone Power, one of the largest VoIP providers in North America, offers exclusive calling plans to Obihai customers. Starting at $34.99 per year including E911, OBi device owners can easily set-up a Phone Power service using the OBiTALK portal.

Coming Soon: RingTo, a new OBiTALK approved Service Provider with Absolutely FREE Calling!

We would like to welcome "RingTo" to the OBiTALK Approved Service Provider program. The RingTo offer will be for customers who have purchased a new OBi100, OBi110, OBi200, OBi202 or OBi5vs series device after May 1st 2014 and have a Google Voice or other valid US phone number that can be ported to RingTo.

What's different about RingTo from the other OBiTALK approved service providers, in terms of the initial setup, is that you have to port your own phone number -landline, mobile or VoIP- to the RingTo service. You also need to purchase your own 911 service separately. RingTo is a FREE Service that allows you to untether your phone number. RingTo will provide the following to new OBi device owners:

  • Free SMS
  • Free Voicemail
  • Free Call Forwarding
  • Free calling in North America

When Ringto is available as an OBiTALK ASP, here is what you will need to do to see if Ringto is available to you:
  1. Check if your number is eligible to be ported to Ringto
  2. Get 911 configured on your OBi device
  3. Port your US number to Ringto
  4. Start making calls!
The RingTo ASP offer at OBiTALK will be available inside the next few weeks.