Free Home Phone?

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trs-80
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Free Home Phone?
Mark, what was the $40 device you said you bought to connect to google voice for free home phone? (at www.ElementOpie.com/Amazon)
We've gone without a home phone for part of this year after moving, and would like to look into whether or not this solution you found could work for us.
As a side note, we would like to be able to receive faxes (I know... still stuck in the 20th century on some things) and I wonder if that service is capable of transmitting/receiving faxes.
Mark Cockrell
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ObiI

I bought the Obi100 from Obi-Hai.  They make a few different models, but this is the one I have.  Pretty much all it does is provide a dial tone.  If you link it to a Google Voice number, then you have a fully-functional VoIP service for a one-time cost.  You can plug a fax machine into it if you want, or perhaps link it do some other e-fax service, but I have no specific experience with that.

trs-80
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I ended up going with the

I ended up going with the Obi202 because I'm hoping I can actually fax through it, and the 202 has both T.38 fax support as well as 2 phone jacks so I can have 2 separate phone lines.

I hope the amazon purchase helps the show... you get like 32 cents on a $70 purchase, right?

I also just became a Patreon supporter.

Thanks for the great shows... though I wouldn't mind just a little more Linux every now and then, since it is what brought me to your podcasts in the first place.

Mark Cockrell
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$70 purchase...

I'd probably get about 50 cents after all the fees are taken out, so thanks for that new 12-oz soda!  I'd just like to pause for a moment and consider the fact that you just bought two phone lines for $70!  Not $70 a month, $70 total.  It's an amazing time to be alive.

 

As for Linux content, we'll see what we can do.

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