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With cell phones being so completely immersed in our daily lives that many of us can hardly remember a time when we didn't use them, home phone lines have increasingly gone the way of the dodo. With monthly cellular bills that frequently top $100, having another expense for something that is deemed largely unnecessary just doesn't compute. Innovative communications company Teltub is attempting to bring back the home phone line by using Google Voice to give users home VoIP service for a mere $5 per month.

The service, which launched in January, requires a Google Voice number, an internet connection, and a VoIP adapter (no computer or phone line of any kind required).  The adapter can be purchased separately and setup using gHome's tutorial, or you can pay $50 extra to have them provide it for you. The five smackers a month gets you unlimited calling to the US and Canada.

gHome - Transform Your Google Voice™ Into a Home Phone

While home VoIP lines have existed for some time now (hence the market for VoIP adapters), this is the first service I have seen that attempts to put it all into a ready-made package that does not require extensive technical expertise to use. Of course an adapter and a Google Voice account can hypothetically get you home VoIP without even needing gHome's help, but it would require using a service such as Sipsorcery (which is no longer open to registrations) to bypass Google's callback requirement. gHome eliminates the complicated middleman that could easily intimidate 99% of customers.

You can check out Teltub's promo video below and visit their site for more information.

Source: Teltub

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  • Troy

    I started to sign up until they asked for my GV password. My GV is part of my Google Apps account that has my gmail, docs, etc... way more than I care to trust them with. This is a poor security model.

    • Adriano

      Completely Agree, nothing gives me a reason to trust this company. Not the logo, nor the graphics, nor the video that talks in a funny way about google. Let's keep in mind that if Google finds out that they are talking about "a catch" that they "BIG COMPANY" have solved, they might even do something to disable their service, I believe. Anyway bottom line there no way I can trust this.

  • Robpol86

    OR you can buy the same $50 VoIP ATA (analog telephone adapter), and install Asterisk on a server or a dd-wrt router, and make inbound and outbound gvoice calls with no monthly charge from your landlines.

    Even better, just buy this for $85 and have the device natively support gvoice for $0/mo http://www.amazon.com/Obihai-OBi110-Service-Telephone-Adapter/dp/B0045RMEPI

    Even BETTER, wait for this and pay less than $85 and $0/mo for native gvoice support https://michigantelephone.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/first-look-at-the-obihai-obi100-voip-device-like-the-obi110-but-smaller-and-less-expensive-and-without-the-line-port/

    • Robpol86

      I want to clarify a few things. First, you can enter your Google Voice login info on the device itself without giving it to Obihai.

      Second, The Obi110 is supposed to retail for $50, not $85. It looks like there is no more stock from Amazon, scalpers bought up all the stock and are reselling it on Amazon.

      Currently they don't support gapps gv accounts, but they're beta testing that right now.

      Once they support gapps and the Obi100 comes out (supposedly less than $50), I'm definitely going to buy one.

  • spyder

    Or, you could buy a magicJack for $39 and get a year of the same kind of service and each year after that is $19 a year. I use it all the time and can't see paying these guys $5/mo for the exact same kind of service.

  • Joe

    Buy an Obi and never pay anything.

  • Braden

    But... won't this stop working after May 15th?