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Getting started with OBi202 and why it is one of the best VoIP hardware around [Review]

By Alok Saboo on May 5th, 2012

  Following up on the success of OBi100 and OBi110, Obihai has introduced the next version of its analog telephone adapter (ATA) – OBi202. If you are one of the thousands of happy OBi users, you will definitely love the next generation device. The OBi202 builds on the features that users have come to expect...

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Obihai introduces OBi202 VoIP adapter

By Alok Saboo on May 2nd, 2012

In the short span of time Obihai has become a familiar name for users looking more from their analog telephone adaptors (ATAs). Obihai’s existing ATAs – OBi100 and OBi110 – have obtained rave reviews from consumers across the spectrum. Not surprisingly, both have emerged at the top of their categories on Amazon. If you are...

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Obihai offers free OBi110 units to members of US armed forces

By Alok Saboo on April 26th, 2012

If you are a member of the American armed forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and  Coast Guard), you definitely want to read this. Obihai is offering limited number of manufacturer-certified, reconditioned OBi110 ATAs to members stationed outside the 50 states. If you are not familiar with Obihai or OBi110, I will strongly urge...

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Why Google Voice uses local cell phone plan minutes?

By Alok Saboo on October 30th, 2011

Besides Skype, Google Voice has been instrumental in making VoIP a household name. Thanks to Google’s reach and some great features (e.g., FREE USA local number (DID), unlimited free calls to USA and Canada, tight integration with Gmail), millions of users (including myself) are using Google Voice as their primary communication platform. For an otherwise...

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OBi100 vs. OBi110 and other components of the OBi service explained [Review]

By Alok Saboo on April 18th, 2011

Wow….given the amount of interest in the previous post on OBi110/OBi100 ATA and the reasons that you must consider one before buying any VoIP hardware, there is no doubt that Obihai has a winner on their hands. There, however, seems to be some confusion about the various components of the service and what is the...

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My review of OBi110/OBi100 and why you must read this before buying any VoIP hardware (ATA) [Review]

By Alok Saboo on March 29th, 2011

One of stumbling blocks for rapid diffusion of VoIP services is the inherent complexity of the existing VoIP hardware. An ATAs (Analog Telephone Adapters) is a typical example of VoIP hardware, which basically is a router-like box that allows a regular analog phone to be used over the Internet (for more details, look at 6...

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Make unlimited SIP calls to Google Voice number [Tutorial]

By Alok Saboo on March 6th, 2011

UPDATE (15th March 2011): After a brief outage the Google Voice SIP URI is working again For an otherwise great great service, the lack of interoperability with SIP service mars the attractiveness of Google Voice. Up until recently, Google offered the ability to forward the Google Voice number to a Gizmo account, providing some way...

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Say goodbye to VoIP ATA and embrace Mobile VoIP (mVoIP) [Opinion]

By Alok Saboo on January 28th, 2011

When VoIP service providers offered VoIP customers with VoIP ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) for the first time, it was considered a future oriented telecommunicating system. If you are not familiar with ATA’s, I will encourage you to read 6 ways to access VoIP. The ability to call anywhere just from the comfort of your home...

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Use proxy server to bypass local ISP ban on VoIP calls? [Tutorials]

By Alok Saboo on March 24th, 2010

Although VoIP is a great technology and greatly benefits consumers, some middle-eastern countries such as UAE, Dubai, Oman, and Belize have restricted the access to VoIP. Even in countries which are generally fairly unrestrictive in Internet access, some ISPs restrict access to certain aspects (VoIP being one of them). The common approach to restrict access...

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How to change your Router settings for the best VoIP performance? [Tutorials]

By Alok Saboo on March 22nd, 2010

There are several factors that influence the quality of our VoIP experience, including (but not limited to) our Internet speed, ISP VoIP shaping activities (e.g., blocking SIP ports), voice codecs, VoIP hardware (ATA) or software (SIP or soft phone), other networking equipments like routers, etc. While the Internet connection quality receives lot of attention, the...

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