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[Newegg] Obi200 VoIP adapter (was $65 NewEgg.ca Shell Shocker; now $70 and still a good price)

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[Newegg] Obi200 VoIP adapter (was $65 NewEgg.ca Shell Shocker; now $70 and still a good price)

Polycom bought Obihai and changed the look of the adapters but kept the model numbers. This is the Obi200, good for a single phone line (but you can wire your whole house to it). Plenty of info in older RFD threads. I use this with a standard phone and VoIP service from VoIP.ms, which works great and is very inexpensive, and there are other VoIP providers as well.

Update: Was $65 at NewEgg; now $70 there; but now it's $60 at NewEgg's eBay store (thanks rugerty100):
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/173845220309?ul_noapp=true
Last edited by OakAged on Apr 22nd, 2019 3:57 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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One of the previous threads with set-up information included:
newegg-obihai-obi200-49-99-free-shipping-2138620/
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CERUWEB wrote:
Apr 20th, 2019 6:21 pm
What's the regular price?
It goes on sale a few times a year for around $70. Regular price usually over $100 I think. $125 right now at Amazon.ca.
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I will throw in my standard story... been using an Obi200 for just about 3 years now. Ported our home phone number over to FreePhoneLine and use it with this for free incoming and Canada calls. Connected it to Google (Hangouts) for free outbound USA calls. This thing is excellent and as mentioned earlier we have it connected in our basement so that all of the phone outlets in the house run through it. All set up using the info and guides on RFD (primarily written by Webslinger).

Bonus: never realized this until the other day when someone accidentally sent a fax to our number (no fax machine)... FreePhoneLine actually stores the fax like a voicemail but as a PDF so you can read it on your computer. Not directly related to the Obi box (which I believe is technically capable of using with a fax machine of configured properly) but just thought I’d share.
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anyone know if Rogers Hiltron CGN3 would work with OBI200 for VoIP.ms?
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So to confirm it works fine with unlimited outbound Canada wide calls on FPL?
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Ah boo $49.99 in Nov 2017 and now only $59.99 on Newegg eBay store :(
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shayne85 wrote:
Apr 20th, 2019 7:26 pm
So to confirm it works fine with unlimited outbound Canada wide calls on FPL?
No reason it shouldn't.
I've been using the older Obihai Obi100 model for years now with FPL and no issues.
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Kfox wrote:
Apr 20th, 2019 6:51 pm
anyone know if Rogers Hiltron CGN3 would work with OBI200 for VoIP.ms?
There are work arounds. You cannot use SIP port 5060, because SIP ALG on the CGN3 is broken. Fortunatly, voip/ms can use other ports. Best solution is to put the CGN3 in bridge mode and then use a proper router.
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Let's say I got a new local (Montreal) phone number but were to live in Vietnam for a few months, could I take this with me and receive and make calls to/from that new number using this adapter and voip.ms? I mean, making calls and receiving calls as if I were in Canada.
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I'm thinking of switching home phone to VoIP for extremely low frequency usage (~10 calls per month, less than 2 minutes each), and I'd like to keep my phone number.

I believe FreePhoneLine would cost me $25 to port + $89.95 for the VoIP Unlock Key

Their Fongo Home Phone service with adapter would be $4.95/month + $25 to port (but no need for this OBI200 device?)

voip.ms would be ~12 CAD to port, plus $0.85/m + 0.009 minute incoming and 0.005 incoming. Assuming ten minutes incoming & outgoing a month, that's ~$0.15

Over 5 years,
  • FreePhoneLine with this adapter would cost ~$175
  • Fongo Home Service would cost ~$322
  • voip.ms would cost ~$132
Anything wrong with my numbers?

Edit: Oops, forgot voip.ms is in USD.
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willy0275 wrote:
Apr 20th, 2019 7:50 pm
Let's say I got a new local (Montreal) phone number but were to live in Vietnam for a few months, could I take this with me and receive and make calls to/from that new number using this adapter and voip.ms? I mean, making calls and receiving calls as if I were in Canada.
Yeah, as long as you are connected to the internet.
I have done this before but instead of taking the entire device with me, I used an app on my phone set up with my voip credentials. So as long as I was connected to the internet on my phone, I could make and receive calls with my local Ontario number through the app.
I did this when I was visiting Vancouver and also when I was in England. Worked fine.
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BobSagget wrote:
Apr 20th, 2019 7:57 pm
Yeah, as long as you are connected to the internet.
I have done this before but instead of taking the entire device with me, I used an app on my phone set up with my voip credentials. So as long as I was connected to the internet on my phone, I could make and receive calls with my local Ontario number through the app.
I did this when I was visiting Vancouver and also when I was in England. Worked fine.
Interesting. So I'd still have to setup an account with something like voip.ms but would not need this device.
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