Tag Archives: Google Voice

Why I’m Getting an ObiHai?

ObiHai is a device manufacturer that has three ATA (Analog Telephone Adapters), and a softphone that supports Android and iOS. The devices supports GTalk, and/or SIP accounts. The 100, and 101 supports 2 accounts, but the 101 allows for PSTN switching which is good if you have the old fashion phone system as well. The 202 supports 4 SIP accounts, and while I would have wanted the 202, this was not really in my budget which I would have had to pay an extra $30.

I bought the ObiHai 100 from Amazon and signed up with the 30 day trial with Amazon Prime. Since I don’t usually have a lot of money, I don’t see me going on shopping sprees. However, I will have to look at the other benefits of Amazon Prime to see if it will be worth the $80 per year. Now, I am on the new plan with T-Mobile which offers unlimited calling, so one might ask – why would I want a house phone? There are a few reasons for this.

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What Should Be in the Next Android OS

My life is good as for the regards to my cellular phone. I own the Nexus 4 which means I will always get the most recent version of the Android Operating System. With Android 4.2, I found a number of features that I really like, but I personally will like to see some features integrated with Android that would make the phone OS, a more capable system.

Now, I am sure that Google isn’t going to read this blog and say he is absolutely correct, and we need to do this. However, I am still interested in putting out my thoughts on what I think Android should include. I will be entering the features I will want to see from priority of importance.

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2013-03-22

Not much happened today. I made a phone call to someone, and sent an SMS to my landlord. I sent the SMS as to not disturb him at work. He received the documentation that I asked him to sign, and would send them out tonight. That is good as they should be received by the appropriate agency as soon as possible.

I also had an incoming call on the old G2x which is used as a incompetent SIP client. While the call worked with a SIP client rather than a Google Voice client, the call was showing up as Anonymous. I come to find out that it was an international call and while Google Voice recognized the number, when it passed to Call Centric, it would seem as if Call Centric or the backbone that Call Centric uses stripped the CID information. While I don’t receive many international calls, this only extends the reasoning of why I will want to replace the G2x. With a new backup phone, I can install a Google Talk client on there, and not have to use Call Centric if they do not support it.

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2013-02-19

Not much happened today. I walked the dogs, and allowed them to play in the back yard more than usual. I also installed a forwarding app to work with Google Voice, although it is not completely perfect.

As for plans for tomorrow, not much is planned especially with it being below freezing. I will likely remain home, and do some work on the various sites I have been trying to do.

Trap Call – Great unless you have Google Voice

Trap Call is a great service with some exceptions. However, the service is not great if you utilize Google Voice for everything. One maybe asking what is Trap Call, and why would one want it? Well, this service was looked into for the desire to unblock anonymous calls. The concept is simple. An anonymous caller calls the phone. You reject the call, and it is sent to Trap Call for removal of the CID block. The call is sent back to you displaying the phone number.

This requires call forwarding if unavailable – so many MVNOs will not support the service. In addition, some prepaid service plans will not support it neither. Now this requires a person to reject the call so it is forwarded. This is a slight problem as some people may find this a bit of more tedious work. There is an Android, and iOS app which I can only assume will automate this process for you.

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2012-04-12

Today was a bit of a busy day. After I tended to my dogs, I had to take a bus at noon to do a few things in the Northside. While I was exercising my dogs, I had decided to set up with a private telephone number which I will get into why soon. I finished the day with dinner, and eventually bed.

As for the errands, I first had to go to the grocery store. Yes, I know, I was there a couple of days ago, however – there were a few things I could not get (not enough shopping cart room). Because of this, I went back to pick up the few things to make get everything that is needed. After the grocery store, I went to the bank to make a small deposit. On my way to the Rite-Aid, I found a $5 bill which will be of help for me. I then went to the Rite-Aid to pick up iced tea, and waited for the bus to go home.

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2011-12-27

Today was a quiet day. I walked the dogs, and Chris stopped by for a couple of hours. The landlord was scheduled to come to replace the thermostat, but called and said he will come the next day. I also found out that Google Voice no longer supports +883 dialing as a SIP address. This will mean that if I was to get my bills cut back a bit when Andie leaves my plan, then I will have to not only get Google Voice support, but also have a dual SIP ATA/Phone. So far, it will look as if the ObiHai 110 will be my most realistic option.

I had made a few adjustments to a site that I have been working on, and while not yet out of BETA, it should be tomorrow. I had a podcast come in which is interesting since many of them are off for the holidays. Not much else went on today. As for plans for tomorrow, I will be pretty much the same thing. I will take the dogs for their walk, work on the site, and if my ankles are up for it, take them again in the evening.

2011-12-26

Not much happened today. I had an errand to go, and I left in the late afternoon. I also did some work on a web site, and researched on trying to make Google Voice to make iNUM calls so I will only have to deal with one provider, and number. It didn’t seem to work, so I will rely on Local Phone to make iNUM calls. This was a shame as I would have figured Google Voice would have kept something worthwhile from Gizmo.

I also got a call from the landlord, and he would be coming by tomorrow to replace the thermostat. I also removed my Gigaset phone, and set all calls to my POTS line to my cell phone. I will still be watching minutes though. In addition, I had to call my carrier’s customer service with an error on my bill. It was addressed, and will hopefully not have the same problem in the future. In addition, I wrote a couple of emails, and not much else happened.

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Soon Cutting Back – Phone

Soon, Andie will be leaving my phone account to her own. When this happens, I will be strongly looking at my phone plan, and see what can be cut back, and at what savings. Simply put, I rarely use my cell phone, and will probably only need about 500 minutes. However, I don’t like the thought of having to count minutes. So, in turn – I will need to make sure I will be able to receive calls even when I don’t need to use my cellular phone.

Now, I do have a landline which is cheaper to have it, than not have it (don’t know how, but hey what do I know). The problem is I don’t want people to deal with having to call my home then call my cell – or worse yet, call my cell to ask if I am home. Needless to say, I won’t want to use my home phone number often. So, what would I do?

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Free Phone Service (Restrictions Apply)

In these tough economic times, people on low income are trying to find ways to make their money stretch. So, how does one do so with the phone. POTS based phone service can be as high as $30 or even more. VOIP providers are typically not much cheaper, and if you need a cell phone so doctors, or schools (if you have children) needs to reach you, this will mean even more.

Now what would one say if I can say there can be free calls if you are on low income, and not have to worry so much on counting minutes? Needless to say, restrictions apply. However, here is what you would need.

  1. A Broadband Internet Connection
  2. A Google Voice Account
  3. An ObiHai ATA with ObiTalk Service
  4. A standard POTS telephone
  5. A Safelink Wireless Phone Service
  6. A willingness to do some configurations, or treat your favorite geek to his favorite dinner.

Now, once you have all of this, you would need to put it all together. I will go into detail why you would need all of this. I will then define why you would need these things, and then I will describe how to put everything together. Continue reading Free Phone Service (Restrictions Apply)