Day NetTalk Duo died – I discovered Obihai for Google Voice


Day NetTalk Duo died – I discovered Obihai for Google Voice

Why I switched

Example of residential network including VoIP
Example of residential network including VoIP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It had to happen sooner or later. After two years or so with NetTalk Duo, my device died – or so it seemed. I kept getting sounds like the shortwave Russian woodpecker from the cold war era. In case you don’t know, it’s where the Voice of America tried broadcasting to the Soviet Union. Then folks heard a jamming sound like a jackhammer.

Then I started looking on Google for “Google Voice landline”. After all, I also have a minimalist ATT landline system. I came across an article entitled Swap your landline for Google Voice with an Obi at landlines and Google Voice. Then I started looking at the Obihai website and liked what I saw.

My research

But first – some research.

I went to Amazon and looked at the Obihai devices. The average rating was around five out of five starts. And it comes from several entries. Out of curiosity, I looked on Amazon for reviews of NetTalk and MagicJack devices. The average rating of three out of five stars for MagicJack was expected. But I was surprised that NetTalk got similar product ratings. Did they not expand their support staff for expected growth? Perhaps it’s the new WiFi enhancement they added?

I did like what I read on the Obihai website. After all, they do offer phone, email and chat support. And there is a great article comparing it with other products. The article magicJack vs netTALK vs Ooma vs. Obihai at comparing VOIP services gives an excellent summary chart.

ATT adjustments

Voice over Internet Protocol, how it works
Voice over Internet Protocol, how it works (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But first I needed to change my ATT line. It had to display caller ID. This way, I know when I received a Google Voice call. A call to ATT brought me some good news. I could receive a consumer deal. I would get free local calling, along with 2 feature – like caller ID. I could keep my existing linebacker program as well. The cost would be similar to what I’m currently paying.

Obihai purchase and ATT alterations

Then I purchased the Obihai for around $39 at Amazon. This also qualifies me for free super saver shipping. And it’s a good chance to test the new post office system. I’ll mail it to the post office street address and put my box number there. In theory, they should be receiving Fed Ex, DHL, UPS, etc., in addition to USPS (which was how my package got shipped).

I took the existing Dect 6.0 phones and connected them to ATT. As a backup, I also have normal phones in each room – if power outages. Then I followed the instructions to set up Obi100 and set up Google Voice – it was very each. Worked like a charm.

Update firmware

I did Google “Obihai firmware update”. I wanted to insure I had the latest firmware upgrades. The process was very easy and only took about two to three minutes. I would recommend you do this with all devices (i.e. modems, routers, smart phones, VOIP phone adapters, etc.).

Google Voice price in 2013

Skype Voice Calls Work on iPad with Everyman H...
Skype Voice Calls Work on iPad with Everyman Headset (Photo credit: stevegarfield)

There’s been some concern over what Google might charge for Google Voice in 2013. I speculate it will be within the ball park of services like Skype, MagicJack and NetTalk.

How it ended

Want to know something funny? I decided to give NetTalk another try. So I plugged it into my Linksys router and connected it to a phone. Guess what? It works like a charm. No more Russian Wood. I’ll keep it until it’s up for renewal. Perhaps I’ll keep it for a second line or as a pet.Or better yet – A VOIP backup system.

My advice? Run Skype subscriptions for computer out calls. Run Google Voice over an ATT or other landline service minimalist configurations. And do phone out calls over Google Voice and Obihai. After all, Skype is owned by Microsoft and you know who owns Google Voice.

Academic and business blog posts

Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine

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