OBi Now Talks to 200 Million Google Users

Obihai Technology's OBi110, the $50 analog telephone adaptor released late last year that has become much sought after and hard to find after it added free outgoing and incoming Google Voice call support, has gotten a whole lot more powerful. Firmware version 1.2 for the device, released today and available for free, allows a user to call and receive calls from any Google Chat user for free directly on a handheld phone attached to an OBi. There are an estimated 200 million active users … [Read more...]

No Surprise: Google to Shut Down Gizmo5

Gizmo5 announces its closure on the site's landing page.

You can add another reason to purchase an OBi110 Analog Telephone Adaptor. In a few weeks Google is shuttering the Gizmo5 VoIP service it purchased 15 months ago, killing off the only product offered by the tech giant that could link its Google Voice calling service with other ATAs and IP PBXes, such as Asterisk. That leaves Obihai Technology's OBi110 (and soon-to-be-released OBi100) adaptor as the only relatively simple tool allowing the use of Google Voice over handheld … [Read more...]

Cisco Kills SPA9000, Debuts More Powerful UC320

Cisco UC320W

Cisco Technology has announced it is discontinuing its small business oriented SPA9000 Voice System, and announced a more powerful — albeit more expensive — all-in-one networking and communications replacement. The UC320, announced today with a suggested retail price of $1,000 adds significant punch to that offered by the SPA9000, which sold for $350 since it was introduced in 2006. The SPA9000 supported up to 16 phone extensions and sported a 100 base-t ethernet connection. … [Read more...]

Smartphone Apps Make Calls Through OBi Devices

OBiOn on Android

Dozens of mobile applications for smartphones allow you to make calls from a mobile phone through a VoIP service provider. Some iPhone and Android apps can be configured to make calls through your own IP-capable PBX. But, there has been no way of making a smartphone call directly through a typical consumer-level VoIP analog telephone adaptor. Until now. A recent update of Obihai Technology's smartphone apps gives the company's hot OBi110 desktop analog telephone adaptor the … [Read more...]