This article is going to help you to save money on your residential phone bill by obtaining a free landline number with no extra charges. You don’t need to worry about monthly or yearly telephone charge with this setup.
This is going to cost you a one time device cost less than $50.00 for a life ling free landline connection. This workaround is utilizing the Google Voice Account that allow you to call US and Canada for free unlimited calls and a VOIP (OBI) device.
OBI device is using to connect your landline phone device with your internet router. This device has one ethernet port (RJ-45) that connect your router and a phone connector port (RJ-11) that let you to connect your land phone.
This OBI VoIp device let you setup your Google Voice Number as your land phone number by login into the built in software for OBI device. You don’t need PC or any additional connection to PC for this setup and OBI works directly with your WiFi or Ethernet router.
Total cost is less than 50.00 USD for a basic device and that is only one time setup cost device you need for this free land line setup.
There is no yearly fee or monthly cost for this setup as long as you have Google Voice number, OBI device and an internet connection.
OBITALK VoIP service offers different products (see above) and the basic device OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter costs less than 50.00USD from Amazon Store.
Per OBIHAI site,
The OBi200 has 1-phone port. It supports up to 4-VoIP services such as a multitude of SIP-based VoIP services plus OBiTALK calling. The OBi200 supports T.38 fax for reliable facsimile calls over the Internet as well as a USB port for use with OBiWiFi and OBiBT.
The OBi200 (buy from amazon) is perfect for customers who do not have a traditional telephone service and want the savings and simplicity of using a VoIP service for all their calls.
Setup Google Voice and OBI Device is pretty easy. You need a valid Google Voice Account. If you do not have one, please see this article How To Get A Free US Phone Number to Call US and Canada Free?
You have to connect the OBi to a broadband connection via your Internet router. After connecting the device, you need to register your OBI device on OBIHAI website.
Please follow the instructions from site to finish your setup. Once you finish the device configuration change the voice setting of Google voice to forward the calls to Google Chat.
Please see the instructions from this article to see how to forward the calls to Google Chat, that is all you need to start to make calls from your land phone.
If you have multiple Google voice account, you can switch those accounts and that let you to switch the local number of your land phone to different Google Voice Numbers. A cool feature to switch phone number if you are moving from on state to another state and already have a registered local Google voice number for your new location.
You can use the same setup for your Fax line using the same OBI device or you can setup two devices one for your FAX and other one for your voice. OBIHAI offers the their device app for PC, Android and iOS.