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 telephones. (How To: Use Google Voice and OBi for all your calls.)
In an email sent to Gizmo5 customers, Google announced “we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3.” Calls will no longer be possible over Gizmo5, including through ATAs and PBXes configured with the service.
Google purchased Gizmo5 in November 2009 from VoIP (and MP3) pioneer Michael Robertson, and quickly integrated much of the acquired technology into Google Voice. An interesting account of the Gizmo5 acquisition appeared on Robertson’s personal blog last month.
Once much of Gizmo5’s functionality was folded into Google Voice, the decision to close the service had been widely expected.