Not much happened today. I tried to set up a dialing rule for the ObiHai ATA, but it does not seem to keep after I reboot the system. It would seem as if the technical support has been poor at best, and if I don’t get the problem resolved, I will likely have to consider returning it.
It was raining a portion of today. This means the dogs couldn’t play in the backyard. I did get them out for a walk, but it was later than normal. Not much else happened today, especially being a Sunday.
Continue reading 2013-04-28
Not much happened today. I took the two out for a long walk – although not the one I was planning for today. It was a little shorter than I wanted at 90 minutes, but it was still good for them. They got to play in the evening in the back yard before the sun went down.
I also spent a little time trying to figure out how to set up dialing rules with the ObiHai device I have. I contacted tech support, and they decided to send me to forums which has been easier said then done. In other words, their technical support service is poor. I still have hopes, but my patience is wearing thin.
Continue reading 2013-04-26
Today was a relatively normal day. I took the dogs for a couple of walks, and wrote an email. I also wrote a blog posting on a First Impression for the ObiHai 100. I watched a couple of videos on Hulu, but otherwise – my day has been quiet. I didn’t run the errands I wanted too, which I will likely do that on Monday.
As for plans for tomorrow, if I am able to, I will like to give the dogs a long walk. Otherwise, nothing planned. The days will be relatively quiet for the most part.
I received the ObiHai 100 earlier today, and after dusting off my Gigaset A510, I have a home phone. The reason for this is I wanted a phone that would remain home without costing a lot of money. Even with T-Mobile’s plans with a third line costing $10, it will still be a significant additional cost, and using a phone that has been less reliable as the days rolled on.
So, why did I want this device. It is one of the few devices that has direct support with Google Voice. This will mean that I will be able to make calls using GTalk, and likewise – receive calls. This (as of 2013) will be treated as free if I am calling US, or Canada as well as +883. This allows a phone to remain home, and allows a single phone number to display when making calls.
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Not much happened today. I wanted to take the two for a long walk, but that wasn’t able to happen. It was very windy on the first attempt, and started raining on the second attempt. Instead, they had two conventional walks.
Not much else happened today. I watched a couple of shows on Hulu, and signed up the trial with Amazon Prime. I have up to 30 days to decide on whether to keep it. I might just likely keep it as it offers more than just shipping. I will have to make a decision on that towards the end. As for shipping, I got a significant discount on next day delivery on an ObiHai ATA which will be phasing out the wifi phone. It is a shame that I still can not find an Android Home Phone.
Continue reading 2013-04-24
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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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.
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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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.
- A Broadband Internet Connection
- A Google Voice Account
- An ObiHai ATA with ObiTalk Service
- A standard POTS telephone
- A Safelink Wireless Phone Service
- 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)