How to use OBIHAI to connect your home phone with google?
Last month marked the end of my price lock guarantee with my cable company which means instead of paying just under 70 dollars a month for home phone and 50 Meg down Internet it literally doubled to a hundred and twenty dollars a month but silly me right. I mean I was privileged enough to have it for three years even though it’s only promotional pricing. so I should be more than willing to pay my fair share for the next forever no of course not it sent me into a frenzy thinking about what I should cancel to save money.
After debating in my head for exactly 0.3 seconds, I decided I would cancel everything but the internet so the home phone everybody knows that home phone landlines suck the voice quality sucks most of the calls that I get are spam and just about everyone has been carrying around a cell phone in their pocket. The last few decades of has made them question what the point of their landline is anymore let me just put this to rest right now this video is not about canceling your home phone service in favor or something like your cell phone instead while it’s true that cellular service has gotten a lot better in recent years that was only one of many excuses. people have for not canceling their home phone line
After all, it’s much more convenient to have a few of these guys lying around the house constantly charging all day than it is to scramble around the house trying to find this guy before he goes to voicemail keeping a landline through your local provider. usually boils down to one or more of three problems one your provider is bundling your service with TV internet or home security if you cancel suddenly the prices of the others go up and the savings you were expecting become more of a wash to your security system relies on disconnecting the landline would mean converting over to a cellular-based security system that would cost hundreds of dollars in upgrades 3 9 1 1 call just aren’t as accurate from a cell phone while it’s true.
The modern cell phones can relay locations back to your nine one one dispatcher they’re often too broad and can have emergency crews searching for minutes on end wasting precious time landlines. on the other hand are registered to a set address since well they don’t move making them an instant dispatch in the case of an emergency in recent years companies like Vantage and magicJack have tried to solve this by routing all of your phone calls through the internet and for the most part they’re on the right track but they still fall short of being a true core cutting strategy due to their monthly charges and proprietary devices Vonage charges ten bucks a month for the first year.
Then twenty-five bucks a month thereafter magicJack is a little cheaper at only forty dollars the first year including a then and then just $35 a year after but the way it works is pretty annoying I personally don’t want to use my computer tower as a router for all of my home phone calls I mean the cables are already a big enough mess back there and on top of that I don’t want to have to keep my computer on for 24 hours a day in case I get a call in the middle of the night thankfully we can do a lot better than this, in fact, this method works so well that not only did I get my home phone and Internet bill back down to $60 a month .
I also tripled my internet speed while I was at it if that got your attention then stay tuned because this video is all about finally cutting your home phone line or good so what did I do well it all comes down to this little box right here meet the Obi 200 from Obi hi this guy’s job is basically to convert Google Voice into a home phone service with a dial tone don’t know what Google voices let me fill you in Google Voice is sort of like a cell phone carrier but not it’s a thing that lets you make phone calls from Gmail see voicemails and hangouts in the Google Voice website and more the biggest thing to know is that it’s free .
If you want they give you a free actual number or you’re free to port in your own it gives you unlimited nationwide calling and even supports texting through your phone or hangouts on any device that supports it the problem is that it’s kind of like Skype it’s technically all based through the internet so the only way that you can really use it is through the app through the website or by dialing the Google number first to get out but that’s where this box comes in the Obi 200 basically turns the Google Voice service into an actual landline with a dial tone to use with your home phone system .
It’s really a basic box just one port to plug in your home phone base one to plug in the router one for power and even a USB port where you can give the box Wi-Fi capabilities via an adapter that Obi high sells on Amazon and for any of you still using fax don’t worry this still has you covered provided that you find your own fax over internet service which there actually are a lot of them for free and that’s the main idea behind this video since Google Voice is free once we set up this box our home phone is free which gives us a lot of leverage over our cable company which means we should probably give them the phone call right now thank you for calling cable core.
There are a few reasons for this but I’m gonna hit them one by one first of all just by mentioning that I’m thinking about canceling a service the representative is already looking up an extension for their loyalty department or as I like to call it retentions they don’t know which one I’m canceling just yet and even if they did this representative isn’t gonna have the power to cancel anything can I ask what it is you’re looking to cancel exactly well I have something in mind but I want to go over a few options first all I know is that I can’t afford all of the services that I have right now I understand mr. dev let me transfer you to someone that’ll be able to help you all major companies have loyalty departments that you have to go through first before canceling anything and letting them know that you are looking to cancel a service rather than something simple like what can you guys do for my bill lets them know that you’re actually serious.
Its going to give you access to their non-advertising oil tea plans hi dev my name is Rick R we’re looking into canceling a few things with us what’s up these guys are always trying to keep the conversation cool look let’s be real here retentions and loyalties is basically the last resort of the company the only people they really get transferred to them are the ones that are already screaming yelling at the previous rep before .
How they’re getting overcharged in their bill etc if there’s one thing I could ask you to do is just to please whatever you do be nice to these guys be their breath of fresh air in the day that they’ve been getting yelled at for something that they probably didn’t even cause the nicer you are to them the more it’s gonna encourage them to help you there’s no reason to get heated or angry here the rep that I talked to knew exactly what my plan was and didn’t care because I was nice to him he actually helped me out in moving my home phone number over to Google .
Moving on this is where you let them have it hey you know I was actually just looking to cancel my home phone but I was wondering if there were any loyalty specials I qualify for after doing that well you know before you cancel your home phone we do have a few offers I’d like you to check out we can reduce your home phone bill to a fraction of what you’re paying for it. if you want I’m toning this part out like I’m sure you will when you make the call but just remember be respectful does any of that sound like something you’d want to do well see I’m actually about to pour my home phone number out from you guys over to Google Voice.
I don’t want to cancel just yet but since it’s one of those voice over IP services I don’t really think you guys can be free you know I was more curious about if you’d be able to do anything with my internet price – this is super important whatever you do do not let your cable company cancel your home phone line for you we need that home phone line active for when we go to Google Voice and try to port over that number if you have your home phone provider cancel at first you’ll lose the number forever and it’s generated by somebody else within the next few minutes instead.
When you port your number over to Google Voice through Google voices platform? they will disconnect the number from your account for you your cable company will look through your bill and see if there’s no number on your home phone service anymore and cancel it for you as well correct well let me ask you a few questions about your internet use and we’ll see what we can do you need a lot of speed do you watch a lot of movies or shows through the internet now here’s where they’re gonna run through a script of things that they need to ask you to figure out what your service actually needs .
If you need more speed answer questions like yeah we stream a lot of Netflix or I stream a lot of YouTube or we play a lot of games if you watch a lot of TV say yeah I’ve been looking for more sports channels in place of what I’ve been paying for my home phone just be honest with them they’re trying to help you out here just as much as you want them to the more honest you answer the better their deal is gonna fit you but the best I can do is give you 150 Meg’s down for $60 a month before tax now I can’t put this on your account and sell only our internet services on it.
What I can do is add an annotation so that when you call back once you’re done for ting out your number they’ll go ahead and throw that on for you good let me bring back the context for you before my price luck expired I was paying $67 a month after tax for 50 Meg internet and home phone service then after the price lock expired with the same exact services it doubled to 120 dollars a month now that I’m moving my home phone service over to Google and they’re tripling my internet speed they’re cutting my bill in half down to $60 a month before tax I tripled my internet speed and cut my bill in half let me be super clear about this your mileage is definitely going to vary it might not be the same as mine but even if you save only a few bucks a month or only get a little minor speed increase or a few more channels that’s still a win in my book but now that we got our cable company under control go set up our little Obi box .
First of all we’re gonna need a working Google Voice account setting this up is super simple just head over to Voice Google command log in with your Google account if you cool with getting a brand new phone number Google can generate you one for free it even gives you the ability to choose the area code and in some cases choose the exact numbers in case you wanted to spell something out if you want to keep your existing number you absolutely can Google Voice supports porting in phone numbers from a select few carriers for just a $20 fee.
If you want to use a cell phone number you have with it it’s super easy to move over just feed it your previous phone number account number and PIN from that line it’ll move over into day or two however if you’re moving over a home phone number like I did it might be a little bit more difficult for example my provider wasn’t supported by Google to move over my number luckily Obi high prepares for this and published a detailed guide on their website to work around this barrier that I’ll link in the description the main idea behind it is that regardless of if your current home phone supports moving over to Google they’ll always support you going to a prepaid carrier like t-mobile so essentially you just buy a t-mobile prepaid SIM card for around ten bucks move your home phone number over to this.
Then move it from t-mobile over to Google Voice I know that sounds a little bit weird using another wireless carrier like that as a stepping stone but this is the exact method that I used and it worked flawlessly and know it doesn’t have to cost you anything I never had to select a plan with t-mobile or load my account with credits and when I was done I just returned this over to Target and got my money back once you’re done with that you’re ready to set up the Obi box I promise you’re gonna love how easy this is all you need to do is find your router plug one end of the included Ethernet cable into an open ethernet port on your router and the other end into the OB then take out your home phone line which is usually plugged into your modem and plug it into your OB then plug the OB into power that’s it you’re done with the actual hardware setup.
The box let it blinks, green a few times tuck it away in a corner somewhere and find a computer on your home network to finish up the rest from here you’re going to head over to OB talk comm hover over sign in at the top right of your screen and click signing with Google click the Google account associated with the Google Voice number you set up and log in then check the box that says I want to configure Google Voice on this device and hit next from there it’ll ask you to dial a number from your home phone so it knows who you are here’s where we got to talk about something because one of the only things of the OB height doesn’t support is a 9-1-1 calls through Google Voice now we still have two options here .
Obviously no one is going to go without 9-1-1 one is to use your cellphone for any and all 9-1-1 calls and the other is to use the service
A quick test call and you’re all finished unless you went with option 2 4 9 1 1 calls if you still want to make them through your new OB you’ll have to use a service like unveil for them luckily these guys run an exclusive offer for the OB that gives you full 9-1-1 support for just $15 a year in all honesty I think it’s worth it considering at this point it’s not just 911 either let’s say there’s an emergency at my home and I call 9-1-1 the 9-1-1 dispatcher immediately has my complete address on record because part of the on vo setup process is typing out the exact information you want to give them in addition can immediately shoot out a text email or automate a phone call to up to five people to let them know you’re in an emergency situation.
If you have friends or family that live close by if not in your same neighborhood this feature alone would be worth the $15 but hey that’s all up to you otherwise our work is pretty much done here when you’re done call back your isp and get whatever incentive they promise you whether it was a lower bill higher speed more channels on your TV or if you’re lucky all three outside of that you can enjoy new features on your home phone you probably have never had before like optional automatic call forwarding in place of a voicemail free visual voicemail making phone calls over Wi-Fi on tablets and smartphones or even your computer through hangouts and even send text from your home phone number there’s plenty of new stuff to make your home phone great again so mess around on the Obi High website and the Google Voice website and find out exactly what all you can do.