Obihai OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter vs. Comcast Business Voice. First look at the OBi202 2-line phone adapter that I'll be using to replace my Comcast Business Phone service.
After the recent e-mail/cloud migration fiasco I and many small business owners are going through with Comcast, I finally decided to drop my Comcast Business Phone service.
I initially had tried to sign up for Concast's 3 service business bundle back in the day, but for some reason, I couldn't get the business TV service. So that led me to drop Comcast cable TV. But I still did get the phone + internet service. Earlier this year, they "adjusted" my phone costs upward by $25/mo. with no real explanation other than saying there was a mistake in my billing. Then this recent e-mail migration would add between $6 and $26 to my monthly bill. I canceled those additional cloud services as I have no need for them, I have my own web site(s) and I have e-mail service at less cost.
I decided to switch to Google Voice (GV) for the basic phone service. The Obihai VoIP boxes have built-in GV support as well as man other VoIP service providers. I liked that this device wasn't locked into a proprietary service.
I selected the OBi202 which is a 2-line model to cover my phone and FAX lines. The box has built-in capability to handle FAX connections (in and out). With a business, a FAX is a fairly handy thing to have as many suppliers want to see signed resale permits and other business related documents. With GV, my FAX service will cost nothing other than toner and paper for the MFC printer/FAX that I use.
Not only will the OBi202 + GV save me money on the monthly cost (about a 98% cost reduction!) but it'll save me about 5 watts of electrical energy consumption, which equates to 1 KWH/8 days or ~4 KWH/mo. This alone is more than a 1% reduction in my monthly energy bill. And to boot, the OBi202 runs off 12VDC power, so I'll be able to power it directly off my solar battery bank.
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More to come, looking at moving from Comcast Business Voice to Google Voice...
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