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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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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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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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Goodbye Call Centric

As one who finds a great value in SIP, it is counter productive to cancel a SIP service. However, there were reasons of why I have done this, and while some may not even know what this is about, I would explain for the sake of the post.

First, SIP is Session Initiated Protocol. This is what most VOIP services uses to some degree. SIP is always in a fashion similar to an email address. However, when you use an old fashion phone, the dialing an email address is not really possible. SIP providers such as most of the ones I use will use numbers as the UID, and then when you want to call another user on the network, you simply dial the UID.

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Possible Savings on your phone bill

In these trying economic times, there is a desire to save money where possible. With the cell phone companies still charging you 35¢ per minute for overages, this might actually be of help if you’re on a tight budget. Keep in mind, if you are not home often, or if find using your cell phone more so because you are out – this might not be of best interest to you. In which case, you would want to get an unlimited plan.

Now, this technique would take some work on your part, especially in the beginning, and may even require some investment on your part. However, the monthly fees added to your budget would far outweigh the savings in the long run. So, what would you need for all of this glory to work?

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