by Anura Guruge
It works, it works well, it works non-intrusively, it works 24/7 (provided we have power) and it works without hiccups!
What more can you expect or ask from a device? Well if they actually had any HUMAN sales or technical support it would be nice, but you can’t have it all.
I have had the OBi100 since November. It has worked like a champ.
I love the OBi-based phone network we have. Did I say that already. Sorry, old age.
Then last night I learnt, accidently, that in exactly a month I will lose my Google Voice service with the OBi100 because Google, NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY, is disabling the OEM API!
Oh, I should also say that I ADORE Google Voice. It has been a champ. Not a single problem. Seamless, transparent, consistent, mission-critical. Brilliant.
Google Voice and OBi100 was a MATCH made in heaven.
Now, as of May 15, that is all history.
Yes, I can have a paid VoIP account. But, that is NOT the same as FREE Google Voice.
IF I have to PAY for my VoIP, as will be the case of May 15, 2104, the beauty of the OBi, as far as I am concerned, dissipates.
Without Google Voice support the OBi100, to me, is pretty lame.
I might as well think, again, about Magicjack and a 2-line Panasonic phone system.
So this post is a heads up. Don’t BUY an OBi as of now …
Look at your other options. Without GV the OBi, to me, has NO advantages. A lame duck … a duck out of water.