@GPz1100: Yes, I certainly am -- and @barryspar apparently also is -- using a Callcentric Free New York DID as GV forward-to number. I've been doing it that way for a long, long time.
For outbound, there is no need to do ringback. Several mechanisms work well, and I have used them all:
(1) I run Asterisk (with a FreePBX GUI front end). That set-up has, for a long time, included the "chan_motif Channel Driver." This allows one to set up GV like any other trunk, even though you are not using SIP. From the Asterisk Wiki: "Asterisk communicates with Google Voice and Google Talk using the chan_motif Channel Driver and the res_xmpp Resource module."
(2) I also have an Obi100 ATA. Obi devices allow direct outbound GV calls. Analog phone plugs into Obi, which in turn connects to my home network. Piece 'O cake.
(3) I also have a GV Gateway "Simonics" account (see: https://simonics.com/gw/). Using this gateway permits anyone to set-up GV as if it were a SIP account. Genius. Bill Simon, who set this all up, in an incredibly stand-up guy who participates in a number of forums for the common good.
@barryspar: I, too, used to use GV with PBXes.com. But, long ago, they disallowed that for the kind of free account that I have and I just moved on.
Yes; the above is all redundant. So are the 3 currently active PBX systems that I run. But its a hobby... @GPz1100, you do phones (I remember you from the feline website, from your phone-flashing days). Me, I do SIP...
If you want cheap, simple and reliable get ooma.com
Buy the hardware and spend about $3.50 a month plus you can use your old landline handsets. Had it for 4 or 5 years and it is rock solid.
Callcentric and PBXes: corporations; big operations. Staff, etc.
Simonics: One (I think) guy. But its a single, simple product with a single function that doesn't cost much ($6 one time fee). I've had it since the beginning (there have been two variants, with Ver. 2.0 supporting the new Google OAUTH2 login infrastructure.) I just used it for 3 months without a hiccup. It just so happens that I took it out of service today for the first time since November because I'm back to tinkering with my Obi.
Free calling to Canada
Anonymous call blocking
Voicemail-to-email forwarding (audio)
Do not disturb
Online Voicemail Playback
Google Voice Extensions
You might want to use a Verizon cellular to analog adapter instead of using a mobile phone. You set up the account using a phone then have them port it over. In that case you'd want this plan: https://www.boom.us/plans/individual...d-text-3g-only which is 3G only and has no SIM card.
If you have broadband Internet then forget about cellular and use an Obi 200, currently $34.99 from Newegg with promo code EMCRCBE38, with Google Voice. You can port your current landline number to Google Voice (with an interim port to a mobile provider because Google Voice only accepts port-ins from mobile numbers) for $20. There is no monthly cost (it's free). You can purchase E911 service, separately, for $15 per year if you want it. This is what I am doing now. I also put the cable modem, and router, on a UPS so I will have service if I lose power. This is probably not quite as reliable as a cellular solution since it depends on the reliability of your internet provider.
T-Mobile plays a vital role in the wireless industry; they are the only GSM carrier to temporarily port to when switching between AT&T providers, since AT&T does not allow direct porting between their MVNOs or resellers.
Ditto on Ooma as a simple VOIP solution. We have it, and on the rare occasions that I need to send or receive a fax (usually a doctor's office) it works. Definitely not the cheapest solution out there, but simple enough and reliable enough that my in-laws and mom are both using it with minimal "tech support" from me. 😀
We're using the obi200 with gv for our fax line. Initially it wasn't clear if it would work, or if it would work at the highest speed (33.6 kbps). Ran fine for a while at 14.4 kbps, then I bumped it up to 33.6. So far so good. There's a rare occasion when it hickups (the obi). A power cycle fixes it quickly.
Time to start another spreadsheet for keeping track of all the gv #'s.
I think I have fewer than that. Between fp sim cards, gv #'s, and a bunch of phones that look identical, it gets very confusing.
I spent the afternoon today trying to figure out why the snow blower won't shut off. Mind you, it's a lovely 70F outside today!
Boom has a wireless home phone for $19 free equipment
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Buy a used Sprint Home Phone connect box and stick it on Tello for $5
Mourning the loss of my Nextel i325 but still using a bag phone.
Tello's only worthwhile for low usage customers.
I am seriously considering this. I have very bad problems with my Vz copper landline. It has bad hum that they will only fix by replacing with FIOS. It also rings all day long with spammers, scammers, telemarketers, political and charitable calls. I get almost none of that junk on my GV number.
When activated, inbound callers (to the DIDs that you have this feature activated on) will hear an automated message which will require them to press a specific key (1-9) in order to complete their call. Your Callcentric Phone WILL NOT begin to ring, until AFTER the inbound caller has successfully pressed the requisite key on their phone.
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