The $50 adaptor, developed by the engineers behind Cisco’s SPA series of VoIP adaptors, has been flying off the shelves at Amazon and other retailers, largely as the result of a slew of positive write-ups about the device’s ability to deliver Google Voice services to any standard telephone.
The OBi’s popularity has led to some less-than-scrupulous retailers working through Amazon to sell the device at prices $40 over the current retail price. Obihai Technology has strongly condemned the practice, recommending consumers shy away from purchasing the device from unauthorized sellers.
Because of the success of its flagship device, Obihai is ramping up production of the OBi110, but demand is expected to outstrip supply in the near future.
In March, Obihai is expected to release the OBi100, a smaller version of the adaptor packing much of the OBi110’s muscle but eliminating its external FXO port. The retail price of the OBi100 is expected to be $40.