These won’t last long but, if you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around unused and you live in the United States, you’d better jump on this one. Amazon is selling the OBi2182 phones with Google Voice, WiFi and power adapter for $69.98. Here’s the link.
We were big fans of OBiHai once upon a time. But then they sold out to Polycom. And they subsequently sold out to Plantronics. And support has gone from bad to worse along the way. But if you like free calling in the U.S. and Canada and have the patience of Job, today’s deal may just be your cup of tea. Just don’t come crying to us when things go wrong. We no longer have any dealings with ObiHai, Polycom, or Plantronics. But we know many of our followers were left high and dry when Google pulled the plug on Google Voice. And today’s deal is an easy way to reactivate free calling in your home or home office. Admin Guide available here.
UPDATE: While the price has fluctuated a bit, these phones are still a good buy. We’ve received and configured one with four Google Voice trunks and free calling in the U.S. and Canada as well as two SIP trunks and a Bluetooth connection to an iPhone so it’s well worth $69.98 for those in the U.S.
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