Get free Google Voice home-phone service with $40 adapter

Get free Google Voice home-phone service with $40 adapter

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CNET – The other day, in my post listing the best money-saving tips of 2012, I suggested ditching your landline in favor of a voice-over-IP option like MagicJack or Ooma.

But there’s another option, one that lets you embrace the goodness that is Google Voice: Obihai’s OBi100 VoIP phone adapter, which Amazon has for $39.24 shipped. It’s been that price for a while now, but Google’s recent announcement that free calling would continue through 2013 makes this worth another look.

The OBi100 works much like an Ooma or MagicJack Plus: You plug your existing cordless phone system into the adapter, plug the adapter into your router, and presto: you’ve got dial tone.

Okay, there’s a bit more to the setup than that, as you have to configure it for use with your Google Voice account (or one of many other supported services, like Sipgate). But once that’s done, you should be looking at totally free local and long-distance calling.

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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=771504918 Mark Anderson

    There is also the brand new GVMate Phone Adapter for Google Voice for around $25 that is designed for non-technical users and has a lot more features than the Obihai adapter.

    You just plug it in and sign in using your Gmail account to start placing free phone calls. It is available on Ebay, Amazon or at http://www.gvmate.com .