Originally submitted here
We recently started getting emails from clients claiming they can not add Google Voice back to their OBi device thinking Vestalink was at fault, and we are not.
Apparently now if you have an outdated OBi device you are restricted from adding Google Voice to the device without first purchasing a warranty/support package that ranges from $10/yr for newer OBi’s under warranty and $20/yr for older devices outside of warranty. If your device is connected directly to Vestalink you will not need to pay these gotcha fees.
There has been absolutely no prior warning from Obihai about this magical change to the Obitalk platform. But it is true, in order to continue using your OBi with Google voice you must pay the king’s ransom of $10-$20 a year for using a free service with your own login credentials.
Everyone knows that SAAS (software as a service) is the best type of business to be in. The one off OBi pricing model probably was not paying the electric bills at the owner of obihai’s private island (not a joke, he owns an island). I do think this is the first time in history an ATA (or maybe any device) is charging for firmware updates.
Meanwhile at Obihai’s office in California…
If you need an alternative, checkout http://www.GVsip.com its ran by Vestalink and its free.
It will allow your OBi to connect to Google Voice without changing its firmware. Cheers! -Ryan