2018 is a new year, and the VoIP industry is already starting off with a rather sizable change.  Once finalized in the first quarter of 2018, Polycom will have officially acquired Obihai Technology! This is a big move for Polycom and Obihai specializes in hardware and software for VoIP phones.

It will be exciting to see what Polycom has in store for the future, and it is making everyone wonder exactly how many more of acquisitions we’ll be seeing this year!

In this episode of the VoIP News Update, VoIP Supply Marketing Supervisor Mary Cheney also covers what you need to know about this years ITEXPO!  VoIP Supply will be there February 13th – 16 at booth #428! If you plan on stopping by, don’t forget to say hi!

And lastly, on The VoIP News Update, Mary covers some important details on Sangoma University.  If you are thinking of becoming a VoIP reseller, or if you already are but have not looked into Sangomas product portfolio, then you will want to pay attention!

We want to hear from you! Are you a certified member of Sangoma University? Will you be at ITEXPO 2018? Do you think Polycom made the right decision by acquiring Obihai? Let us know, below!

January 4th, 2018 – Polycom announced that they have signed a merger agreement to acquire Obihai Technology, Inc, a VoIP audio solutions innovator based in California’s Silicon Valley.

Polycom is a multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology. After completion of this strategic acquisition, Polycom expects to broaden their solutions portfolio to add the cloud-based capabilities and Analog Terminal Adapter solutions.

Obihai Technology specializes in developing software and hardware for VoIP endpoints. Their innovative development team will add great value to Polycom to compete in the global voice market. The acquisition is expected to close early in first quarter of 2018.

“Sangoma Technologies (the parent company of VoIP Supply)  always admires watching other North American based businesses growing both in revenue and product portfolio through organic growth and Acquisitions after completing 5 of them in 5 years ourselves,” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma. ”The acquisition of Obi by Polycom appears to be a great strategic fit and we look forward to seeing where the newly combined companies have to offer.”     

“I have personally had a good relationship with Obi over the years through the FreePBX project and always admired the product and people at the company and we congratulate Jan and the whole team on a job well done.  I think this is just a start of a busy 2018 of Mergers and Acquisitions in the VoIP and Telecom space and we will see many more of these in the upcoming weeks, months and quarters announced so stay tuned for a fun 2018.” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma

It’s always good to see more North American companies coming together and trying to figure out how to have broader product portfolio and be competitive in the global landscape. We are excited to see how the two companies collaborate and bring value to more customers in the near future!

Obihai Google Voice
Google Voice now officially supported on Obihai VoIP Adapters

This is combination of old news and new news.

Many people have been using Google Voice with Obihai VoIP adapters for some time now to take advantage of free calling with the wireless or corded phones they already own.

That’s why the company has this appropriately titled blog post, The Google Voice Service is Still Working on My OBi! How come?. Google was scheduled to drop the XMPP communication protocol that made this possible.

The new, good, news is that Google Voice is now officially supported on Obihai VoIP adapters.

What This Means

What this means now is that instead of crossing your fingers that your OBi device will still work with Google Voice, which Obihai could not confirm or support, is that you won’t have to switch to a new voice service afterall.

Obihai + Google Voice features:

  • Personalized greetings
  • Call blocking
  • Voicemail transcription, text alerts, and SMS to email
  • Free calling to the U.S. from the U.S. and Canada ($0.01 per minute from the rest of the world)
  • Low international calling rates
  • E911 VoIP service optional for a small fee
  • Your OBi phone rings when your Google Voice number is called, or when your Google ID is called through Google Hangouts or GMail
Update: Obihai announces Google Voice now officially supporated
Update: Obihai announces Google Voice now officially supporated

Supported Devices

Google Voice can be accessed via the:

  • OBi1032: OBi Series IP phone
  • OBi202: 2 Port adapter, supports OBiWiFi, also works with other SIP providers
  • OBi200: 1 FSX port, USB, OBiWiFi, supports up to 4 SIP accounts
  • OBi100: 1 Port adapter
  • OBi110: 1 FXS Port and 1 FXO port for existing analog phones and fax machines