This is a guest post from Yosef Silver of This American Bite.
We’ve been furiously packing up house and and moving into our new house over the last few weeks. As boxes start to fill, the tiresome chore of disconnecting and reconnecting the core (and some luxury) services was next on the list.
The phone landline was on the CUT list, until I discovered that our house is a dead zone on both ATT and Sprint (my wife and I are on different networks as we both have company cellphones).
In bidding Time Warner Cable’s overpriced phone service adieu, I got to researching web based alternatives.
Having moved every year since 2005, I know there are low cost services out there (other than Magic Jack) that could serve my purpose. I feared Skype would require additional hardware and annual fees, Ooma looks good but comes with a $200 investment to get going, which unsettled me.
I use Google Voice religiously for my cellphone which eliminates the cost of text messages, and did some research to see if I could integrate Google Voice with a landline service – which is when I discovered Obihai.
By spending around $44 for the hardware, I can have VOIP landline service powered by Google Voice. Obihai is a device that connects your cordless handset to the internet and routes your calls through Google Voice.
The Obihai can be used with other SIP voice providers – connecting with Google Voice does not give you e911 service but a basic CallCentric account at $6.95/month will give you this peace of mind. Obihai allows you to set up two accounts per device so you can run both Google Voice and CallCentric for maximum savings. Google Voice also offers low cost International service, but for our friends and family overseas, I use Rebtel for free calls, something I can cover in another post some time!
It might sound a little technical, but it’s really as simple as plugging in a router and going through a short set up process setting you free from your $20+ a month landline service, saving you $200 in the first year alone.