4 comments on “OBi with Google Voice and 911 Working

  1. I’m considering using your post as a model for porting my landline to GVoice as well. How do you like it so far? Any issues with incoming/outgoing calls?

  2. THANK YOU DUDE! This was the best explanation of voip 911 setup by far that I found. In my 10 minutes of google searching 😉
    I looked into gv911.com, but it is so bare-bones that it seemed a bit sketchy to me. That is solely based on the website, I have no information on the company. But callcentric looked better to me, and I just now set it up as you described and confirmed that a) 911 operators in my area got my correct address, and b) like you said, they showed a different phone number for callback. The operator was not allowed to give me the different number, so I was unable to confirm it as you did, but as long as they are getting my address and I am getting through to them quickly, I have peace of mind.
    Again, thank you so much for your clear instructions! obitalk & google voice should post links to this. And pay you for it!

  3. Thanks for the detailed info! I have ObiTalk set up as my emergency land line and it works great, but I have not yet set up 911 service, so your guide was very helpful. I would, however, note the below on testing the 911 service from CallCentric’s FAQ page:
    Should I test calling 911?
    Ideally you do not need to test 911, and we recommend not dialing 911 unless it is an emergency. If you have received an email stating that your 911 service has been activated, then 911 will work should you ever need it.
    NOTE: Testing 911 when there is not an emergency can be punishable by law in certain states. We advise you check your local and state laws for more information. If you do choose to test 911, you must immediately inform the emergency response personnel that it is not an emergency and that you are testing your 911 service to make sure it’s working.
    There are other methods of testing 911 without actually dialing 911. These are shown below:
    Dialing 933. 933 provides the ability to receive the exact information that would be delivered to 911 operators when you dial 911. 933 is the best way to make sure that your information was submitted properly and is an entirely automated process.
    Dialing your local PSAP (Public Safety Answerring Point) through their local numbers. You may find these numbers through your local phonebook or city/state registry. If you do dial these numbers please make sure to indicate that your call is a test, as you will be occupying the time of individuals who provide public safety services.

  4. Thanks for the feedback. I know in my area it’s not illegal to test 911, because I’ve done it several times in other situations. Thanks for sharing!

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