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Newbie's questions re: OBI VXX-series desk phones and Google Voice

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Newbie's questions re: OBI VXX-series desk phones and Google Voice

Hello, our org uses G Suites for NFPs and is based in Canada. We have a traditional office landline phone system that we need to move off of in a few months. I'm thinking of moving us to a 'cloud-based' phone system, ideally one where it'll be easy for us to move over to Google Voice whenever it launches in Canada.

 

I have zero experience with phone systems and I have a few questions:

  1. If we wanted desktop phones could we just use VVX OBI 250 phones, power them via AC adapters and plug in the Obihai USB-wifi adapter into each phone? Do we need any other cables or some sort of centralized phone system equipment?
  2. Is the wifi adapter compatible with a WPA2 network?
  3. What's the speakerphone quality of these phones?
  4. Anyone have good/bad experiences with these phones?
  5. Other than Google Voice, can these phones be used with any other ‘cloud-based’ phone system?

Thanks!

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Re: Newbie's questions re: OBI VXX-series desk phones and Google Voice

Hello @philliproh ,

 

Welcome to the Poly Community.

I suggest you check with Google on this as they would provision the phones and may disable certain settings the phone has natively. I am unsure if they, for example, have the USB port activated. The ObiWiFi adapter supports all modern WiFi standards. An example can be found >here< or >here<

 

The phones will work with a normal network connection.

 

All Poly phones either running the Obi Edition or the Standard UC Software are using the openSIP standard and work with nearly all SIP providers.


Please ensure to provide some feedback if this reply has helped you so other users can profit from your experience.

Best Regards

Steffen Baier




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