Paul got an Obihai 200 and now does VOIP with his phone and Google voice. It's not perfect, but it does work. Leo says that the big issue is 911, but Paul said that he can get 911 with CallCentric for $1.50 a month.
Paul is getting ready to cut the cable on his telephone service and he's moved his number to Google Voice. But how can he get his phones to work with Google voice? Leo says that phone numbers are portable, and as such, his home phone number can be ported to Google Voice. And then he can have his mobile phone ring when his number gets called. Up to 5 different phones can do that.
Charlie was having problems with his Obihai VOIP connecting wirelessly, but it works when he connects it via ethernet. Leo says that could indicate a damaged wireless transmitter, or some congestion in the wireless band. Leo also says that either could cause handshaking issues.
Paul got his invitation to Google Fi and wants to know if he'll lose his ability to use ObiHai and VOiP. Leo says yes, probably. Leo uses Google Fi, and it can be used on all the new phones. At the bottom of fi.google.com, there is a link at the bottom to Google Voice and he'll have to link his Google Voice number to it. Leo likes it because it's extremely affordable at $20 a month for voice and text, and $10 per gig of data. You only pay for the amount of data you uses.
Joe got a VOiP box from Obihai which lets him have phone service. But now it won't let him use third party apps like Google Chat. Leo says that was always a hack that Obihai used in order to use Google Chat. Google has taken the XMPP servers down, which means Obihai can't use it. And as such, they've created alternatives. But they won't necessarily be free when they do.
Christine is looking at getting the Magic Jack. Leo says that Magic Jack gives the user access to phone calls via voice over internet protocol (VOIP). It's great because it can go wherever she is. The downside is that 911 doesn't know where she is in case of an emergency. Leo still recommends a land line just in case.
Bill wants to sign up for Vonage, and he's using WiMax and a Clearpoint router. Leo says that if he can get a consistent 512MB/s up, then he can use Vonage for voice over IP calls. WiMax is probably not that consistent though.
Obihai may be a better option, but he wouldn't get any 911 service with it. It's free with a purchase of the VOIP hardware itself, and uses Google Voice.