Replace Your Landline with Google Voice and OBi100

Obi100 – The world’s first ATA device with support for Google Voice. If you don’t like to be tied to your PC while making phone calls or want to ditch your landline, get yourself an OBi100 Voice Services Bridge or OBi endpoint. Setup is fairly simple. You’ll be making free domestic calls within 30 minutes. Twenty minutes if you know what you are doing and less than 10 minutes if you already have Google Voice. :)
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Google Voice now support MMS

The long awaited feature for Google Voice is finally here: MMS. Google Voice now supports MMS from almost 100 North American carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile and Bell Canada. One major carrier not yet support this is Verizon. Of course I recently switched over to Verizon because AT&T wouldn’t give me the free upgrade when my phone died. Instead of waiting 6 months, I switch to Verizon and paid the termination fee. That’s how AT&T treat their loyal customer of over 10 years. But I digressed…

So if you are on one of the supported carriers, send some MMS and let me know how it is working.

How to enable Do Not Disturb in Google Voice

To send all calls made to your Google number directly to voicemail, you need to enable Do Not Disturb from a phone or through the Google Voice website. Once enabled, all calls will be sent to voicemail until you disable the setting.

Note: Any text messages sent to your Google number while Do Not Disturb is enabled, will also not be forwarded to your mobile phone.

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Block Spam Calls in Google Voice

Google has a Global Spam Filtering system that would automatically redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in the Google database that have been identified as spam directly into your spam folder. But you will need to enable this feature for it to work.

To enable this feature:

1. Log on to your account at http://voice.google.com

2. Click the wrench icon and select Voice Settings.

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Google voicemail custom greetings and settings

With Google Voice, you can have custom greeting for all callers to hear or separate greetings for groups.

Setting up Voice mail greeting :

For All Contacts

  • Click gear icon at the top right of any page, click Voice settings, and select the Voicemail & Text tab.
  • In the Voicemail Greeting section, click the Record New Greeting button.
  • Enter the name for the greeting you’re going to record and click Continue.
  • Record Greeting box appears. Select the phone you want to call to record the greeting, from the Phone to ring drop-down menu.
  • Click Connect.

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How to share a forwarding number in Google Voice

If you want to share a home number with your spouse, roommate or family member or work number with a colleague, both of you can add the same home or work number to Google Voice.

1. Sign in to the Google Voice website.

2. Click the gear icon at the top of the page, click Settings, and select the Phones tab.

3. Click the Add a new number link and enter your phone information in the appropriate field. Make sure that if you’re sharing a home or work number with another Google Voice user, you select Work or Home from the Phone Type drop-down menu.

4. Click Save.

Note: You can share a home or work number across two Google Voice numbers, but you can’t share a mobile number.

Google Voice International Calls

Google Voice has one of the lowest rates on international calls. To make calls, you use either the Google Voice website or the phone system, as long as you have one of your forwarding phones or smartphone available to complete the call.

In order to make international calls, you need to have credits in your Google Voice account. You can purchase credit through Google Wallet.

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Different ways to place call using Google Voice

There are several ways to place call using Google Voice:

1. From the Google Voice website

2. From call phone in Gmail

3. From the Google Voice Phone System

4. From the Google Voice iPhone or Android app

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Make calls from the Google Voice Android app

Placing calls with Google Voice is almost the same as placing calls via your mobile carrier, depending on whether you have a Google number and how you have configured Google Voice on the phone.

1. Call a contact just as you would without Google Voice.

2. If you’ve configured Google Voice to ask whether you want to use it each time you place a call, touch Call with Google Voice in the dialog. If you’ve configured Google Voice to use it for all calls, this dialog doesn’t appear.

3. Google Voice displays a message, reminding you that you are placing the call via Google Voice.

If the call is a toll call, Google Voice plays a message with the per-minute charge and the number of minutes at this rate you have remaining in your Google Voice account.

Note: Using Google Voice for Android app to place your domestic and/or international calls will still use normal minutes from your cell phone plan.

If you don’t want to use your normal minutes, use GrooveIP to make Google Voice calls.

How to make a Google Voice conference call

If you ever have the need to have a conference call between family members or business clients, you can use the Google Voice conference call feature. You can have a four way (you plus 3 others) calling using this feature. Follow the two simple steps below.

1. At a scheduled time, ask each conference call participant to call your Google Voice number.

2. As each participant calls in, simply answer the call and “Press 5″ to add them to the conference.

That’s it. Simple and free to use.

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