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FREE Landline Phone (Home Phone) Solution using Google Voice

FREE Landline Phone (Home Phone) Solution using Google Voice

If you are in the market for a decent Home phone, or a phone for your home office then you have come to the right place. This method to get a free home phone using Google Voice is better than the likes of MagicJack, NetTalk, Skype and other services that offer you an internet based phone service, mainly because there is no monthly or yearly or any “otherly” fee here.[wpsr_facebook]

Google-Voice-Home-PhoneGoogle Voice is an exemplary service to make free phone calls to anyone in USA and Canada. Google Voice also lets you send free text messages to these two countries. Google recently announced that Google Voice will be free till the end of 2011 2012 (details here) 2013 (details here). We are pretty sure that it will be free for at least few more years. Having said that, we are taking this service a step further today. We have discovered a method to use Google Voice to replace your home phone without any kind of monthly payment. This is by far the best invention that stands on the shoulders of a giant.

No Computer Required

For the solution that we are going to talk about there is no need to have a computer running 24×7. Does that make the ATA lover/Guru inside you little curious? Yes, there is no need to have a dedicated computer system that runs as your ATA server. You can have a FREE home phone system without a computer system.

What do you need for FREE Home Phone system

  1. High Speed Internet Connection (Broadband will do)
  2. A telephone system (your existing system is fine or buy a DECT phone from Amazon)
  3. A Google Voice account – Create one dedicated to this system that is other than your personal Gmail account.
  4. OBi110 Adapter Buy it from Amazon for just $49.99.

Step by Step tutorial to build your Home Phone System

  1. Buy the ObiHai Adapter if you haven’t already bought it.
  2. The next step is to set up a Google Voice account. Follow the steps given in the next section for that.
  3. Press *** on your Obi110 device after connecting it to your adapter and landline phone. Read the IP address. Go to this page by ObiHai to complete Google voice set up.

That is it. You have a free landline phone line without any more monthly payments to make. Time to say Good Bye to MagicJack, NetTalk, Vonage, and even ATA.

How to Get Google Voice Account Setup

  1. Visit google.com/voiceand register for a new account.
  2. Select a number and verify it using your phone.
  3. Go to Voice settings (under settings on top right) and 1) turn call screening OFF 2) Incoming number should be set to caller’s number 3) Do not disturb should be off.
  4. Additionally, make a call to a landline phone from the Gmail account using Call Phone option for this account. This is recommended by ObiHai as the steps to get this device working.

Warning: You do not get 911 calling with this setup

Please note that Google Voice does not provide 911 calls. You will not be able to use this Google voice home phone setup for emergency calls. However, people have found ways to solve this problem. See the options below and decide which way you want to go:

  1. You can forward 911 calls to a local emergency dispatch centre. This way when you dial 911 on your Obi Device it will be sent to the local emergency center which is as good as 911 – your call will be set to the call center over a regular number.
  2. You can pay VoIP services such as CallCentric a small sum ($1.5 per month) and get E-911 (enhanced 911) service. Then you put CallCentric on your second line (on Obi 110) and there you go. Make the following change to your Obi110 and you will have E-911 pon your Google Voice home phone. A little change will be required as shown below- thanks to RonR on Obitalk forums.

Physical Interfaces -> PHONE Port -> OutboundCallRoute:

{([1-9]x?*(Mpli)):pp},{(<#:>):li},{911:sp2},{**0:aa},{***:aa2},{(<**1:>(Msp1)):sp1}, {(<**2:>(Msp2)):sp2},{(<**8:>(Mli)):li},{(<**9:>(Mpp)):pp},{(Mpli):pli}

Can I use ObiHai with Google Voice Outside USA?

We get that question a lot, here at CorVoIP and other online forums. The truth is, you can use it without any issues. However, you must have a Google Voice account that can only be created in a limited number of countries. If you have a Google Voice account, just make a test call from your Gmail inbox and then configure the Google voice account with ObiHai device. It will work 100%, we have it working at our office in India. We now have a USA based number for our partners to call us for free. Moreover, we can make free calls to USA and Canada using our ObiHai and Internet connection.

Update Available – Much better device from Obi

If you are interested in getting Google Voice for your home phone services, we recommend our newer post on using Obi 202 device for Google Voice based landline phone. You will be able to connect two phone lines using that method as well as you can use it over wi-fi.

Update: Google Voice is killing ObiHai starting May 2014. You might not want to invest in ObiHai at this point. You can always have a similar service from Ooma Telo.

About Mukesh Agarwal

Mukesh Agarwal is a VoIP enthusiast and a passionate blogger. He speaks at VoIP conferences worldwide advocating the advancement of VoIP technology to convert this world into a global village.
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39 comments

  1. You need a landline number already in order to secure a Google Voice number. How would you do away with your monthly bill?
    FYI I already have a Google Voice account for my home phone.

  2. Hi there,
    You do not need a home phone number for google voice. You can get a google voice number just by verifying any number such as your mobile phone number. Once you have the google voice number you can configure the device and you are free to use it as your home phone.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  3. Thanks. works perfectly.

  4. Thank You for the information. Does this only work within the US or the country you are in or you can call internationally? Also you mentioned that use any number like the mobile phone number. So you can assign any valid phone number to your google voice via the Obi110 adapter? Please clarify.

    Thank You.

  5. Dear Barry,

    ObiHai works from anywhere in the world once you have a Google Voice number. You need to assign your Google Voice number to ObiHai device and Google Voice is only available in US right now. Thus ObiHai is equal to a home phone. However, you can forward Google Voice to more than one numbers thus you can even use this number on your mobile phone too, in this case any call to your Google Voice number will ring both numbers.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  6. Hello There,I am looking to work at home but need a landline, and came across this site. Since I do have a google voice number already it is sent to my cell phone but I would like to use it on a landline can I have my google voice number used on the landline phone without service, when I use the OBi110 adapter, and do you have to only use google voice number or can you use another type of online phone number with the adapter?

  7. Dear Anony,

    You do not need anything else or any other service to use ObiHai with Google Voice. Just buy the ObiHai device and set it up with Google voice and you have your Google voice number as your landline number. ObiHai can be used with other internet telephone services like any other such adapter. The seamless integration with Google Voice makes it the first choice for this combo.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  8. what happened to google voice to free calls for US and canada . im trying it from last 24hrs but its still not working ..m annoyed …

  9. Dear Smith,

    It is working just fine. Do you hear a message or something?

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  10. Dear Friends,
    does anybody tested this trick, please let me know as I dont want to waste $ if this trick doesnt work.
    Regards,
    NB

  11. Dear anony,

    This is 100% working and is a good alternative to home phone solutions. 100s of our readers have used it and they have never complained. We use it for personal use and it works just fine.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  12. One more question: Will this allow me to use my landline phone to make phone calls fro free to the U.S. and to Canada?

    Thanks,
    Nicole

  13. Dear Nicole,

    Once you have set this system up, yes your home phone will be able to make free calls to USA and Canada. Thank you.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  14. Can I use another device other then the ObiHai device. Are you just pushing the ObiHai, or can something else, cheaper, be used?

  15. Dear Angela,

    ObiHai is the easiest way to connect your Google Voice account to your home phone. At a one time expense of $50 you get a worry free home phone system.

    Nevertheless, there are other little to very complex systems including but not limited to using Google Voice with Sipgate and then connecting your home phone to Sipgate account. If you are tech savvy you might want to explore the sipGate one option.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  16. With Obi110 can any ANY regular phone be used, instead of the DECT? I mean I could get a simpler cordless with Caller ID, right?

  17. Dear Anony,

    Yes, that is correct. Any phone can be used with ObiHai.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  18. Just to make sure, if I buy an Obi and get google voice, will I be able to place the Obi abroad to make calls back to the US as well as to receive calls from the US to a google voice number?

  19. Dear Silvia,

    Yes, that is correct. Unless and until a country blocks Voip calls you are good to go.

    -Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  20. Thanks but I just went to set up google voice, and it asks for my number for the phone where I want all my google voice calls to ring. I can't see how this will work with the Obi abroad (where I plan to leave it) if my calls will be ringing in my US cell phone (the only number I have). Very confusing.

  21. Hi

    I have Linksys ATA, will Google voice work on this ATA or I have to have OBi110 Adapter that I have to buy from Amazon?

    Pls share your thoughts
    Thanks
    Sam

  22. Dear Anony,
    In order to use your GV with ATA you need to:

    Get a free SIP account with SIP number (not a telephone number, but a SIP number) from Sipsorcery

    Use this SIP account from Sipsorcery to get a free US telephone number from IPKall for use with Google Voice as your forwarding phone

    Use your Sipsorcery user ID to configure your Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) if you have one, or your X-Lite (or equivalent) softphone to use your computer and headphone as a telephone

    -Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  23. Dear Silvia,

    If you do not have a US phone number you can get one using Whistle phone or using the method discussed in above comment.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  24. I have a follow-up question to the Q&A below from Barry (see below), regarding whether OBI device works OUTSIDE US or not:

    My specific questions are:
    1)can I buy one OBIHAi device (e..g, 110) for my parents in China, and one for myself in the US, so we can talk for free? – this is a set up with one OBI talking to another using each's OBI number and I hope it will work?
    2)I already have a google voice number and say I set it up one one OBI device and take it to my parents' house in China, will it work from there? (I guess not, as Google voice number doesn't work there?)

    Thank you@
    P.S., I thought Barry asked a similar question but your answer was not very clear to me. Sorry if you did answer it clearly but it's just who couldn't quite get it.

    Barry Ghotra said…

    Thank You for the information. Does this only work within the US or the country you are in or you can call internationally? Also you mentioned that use any number like the mobile phone number. So you can assign any valid phone number to your google voice via the Obi110 adapter? Please clarify.

    Thank You.
    July 15, 2011 5:11 PM
    CorVoIP said…

    Dear Barry,

    ObiHai works from anywhere in the world once you have a Google Voice number. You need to assign your Google Voice number to ObiHai device and Google Voice is only available in US right now. Thus ObiHai is equal to a home phone. However, you can forward Google Voice to more than one numbers thus you can even use this number on your mobile phone too, in this case any call to your Google Voice number will ring both numbers.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP
    July 15, 2011 8:30 PM

  25. Dear Anony,

    Thank you for asking the question. If the answer was not clear to you we believe we did not do a good job.
    To answer your questions:
    1) Yes, you can use ObiHai outside USA. You can call any ObiHai device from another ObiHai device. Setting up Google voice is not needed for that.
    2) If you set up your ObiHai device with Google Voice account it will work anywhere in the world. Although, Google Voice is only open to people in USA, if you have an account you can access it anywhere.

    We hope this clears any confusion.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  26. Hello. I currently have a Linksys SPA2102 phone adapter with router and have my google voice number. I tried getting a sipgate number also but they are not giving numbers at this time. What could/should I do to have a home phone again? Any help appreciated.

  27. Dear Anony,

    Sipgate had a large number of registrations and as you will agree telephone numbers are expensive to throw away. Hopefully, they will start rolling out registrations soon. Otherwise, you can buy yourself a ObiHai and get a good home phone service. You also have the option of going with AxVoice http://www.corvoip.com/2011/12/forget-vonage-allvoi-and-lingo-we-give.html Hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  28. can you hook up a fax machine to google voice and the obi110 adapter?

  29. Dear Leah,

    It is a great question and never been asked before. Although ObiHai supports faxing, Google Voice is not very happy with it. We were not able to get faxing to work with this combo. You might be smarter and geeker than us and might find out a way but we can't guarantee that.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  30. Wondering why there is no mention about needing a router? I used to have Ooma with my cable modem, and that didn't need a router. But, the OBi110 does need a router, and I confirmed that with their tech support. Am I missing something?

  31. Dear Anony,

    Since most cable modems have only one outgoing ethernet cable using ObiHai directly with modem doesn't make sense. But, we are not very sure if ObiHai must be connected with a router. We will check it out on our device and let you guys know if it works.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  32. Can you make emergency 911 calls from this phone setup?

  33. Dear Rita,

    I am afraid Google Voice does not support emergency calling. This is the excerpt from their terms and conditions:

    NO 911 OR EMERGENCY SERVICE.

    You acknowledge and understand that Google Voice does NOT currently allow you to access any 911 or similar emergency services (no traditional 911, E911, or similar access to emergency services). You should always have an alternative means of accessing 911 or similar emergency services. Please inform others who use your Google Voice service and devices used to access Google Voice that they must access these numbers directly through a traditional landline or mobile phone. Google Voice is not intended to replace your primary phone service, such as traditional landline or mobile phone.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  34. I have two GV numbers which I setup when I was in USA, I keep getting voice messages in my Inbox when someone calls me on that number (so they work).

    Few days back I have ordered ObiHai110 device for use in India. After reading postings here, it seems I may not be able to use it to make calls to USA using GV. Am I correct?

    How about using VPN, how would I set it up to use with ObiHai?

    If I can't use GV, then could you guide me to use other alternatives which I can use with ObiHai. Thank you for your help.

  35. Dear Reader,

    You will be able to make and receive calls from India. Once you have a Google Voice account connected with ObiHai there is nothing more needed from your end.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  36. I bought this and hooked it up, but I can only make calls. When someone calls me, it says, “the google subscriber you have called is not available, please leave a message.” Also my home phone doesn't ring. But I see the messages in my google voice account. Did I do something wrong? Or is it a google voice issue?

  37. Dear Reader,

    Have you tried setting call screening to off? Also, make sure you make one call from your Gmail inbox. Let us know if you still have issues.

    Regards,
    Team – CorVoIP

  38. Would you be able to configure something out for a Cisco SPA504G?

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