E911 Over IP: VoIP Makes Emergency Calls Much Cheaper, Much Better

Decades-old dispatch technologies are holding E911 back,  not VoIP.

Perhaps the only remaining deterrent to consumer adoption of VoIP is the belief that Emergency 911 calling services do not work well with the technology. While this may have been true in VoIP's earliest days, it is certainly not the case now. In the US, there are plenty of E911 options available that permit VoIP users to abandon their landline with little fear that vital emergency services are unavailable. And, in some cases, VoIP-specific E911 can provide more robust emergency services … [Read more...]

How To: OBify Your IP Phone (No Asterisk Involved)

OBi110

Do you have an extra line sitting empty on that IP phone on your desk? Here's an idea for it: Use it to make and receive Google Voice calls by linking it to an OBi110. Setting up an IP phone-OBi connection will also allow you to dial other OBi users directly and easily give the IP phone incoming and outgoing access to a PSTN line — including regular landline emergency 911 calling — with no other hardware needed. Follow along, and you will: Have incoming calls to your … [Read more...]

How To: Use Google Voice and OBi for all your calls (free)

OBi110 inputs

Over the past few years, the VoIP do-it-yourself crowd has built — and shared with others — ingenious methods that give the trusty telephone greater power while driving down the price of its use. Most recently, some have focused much attention on getting Google Voice — and its free US and Canada calling and incoming telephone number (which Google has promised will continue to be free till 2012) — to work on any regular home phone. Until now, Google Voice on your phone … [Read more...]

Cisco Killer OBi110 Puts Google Voice on Any Phone

Obihai Technology's poerful OBi110

It's been a long six-year run, but the Cisco SPA3102's reign as the most powerful consumer VoIP adaptor is over. A new device, the OBi110 by Obihai Technology, selling for less than $50, has stepped in to invigorate the sleepy consumer VoIP hardware space. The device offers virtually all the features that have made the SPA3102 the chosen adaptor among VoIP do-it-yourselfers, and sports a slew of enticing new powers. These include: The ability to make US/Canada calls and receive calls … [Read more...]