Monthly Archives: July 2008

Asterisk: Streaming source for Music On Hold

I didn’t install voicemail, sounds etc. I have no mp3 files on my asterisk.

Jan 1 00:44:48 NOTICE[1254]: res_musiconhold.c:507 monmp3thread: Request to schedule in the past?!?!
Jan 1 00:44:48 WARNING[1254]: res_musiconhold.c:336 spawn_mp3: /var/lib/asterisk/mohmp3 is not a valid directory
Jan 1 00:44:48 WARNING[1254]: res_musiconhold.c:488 monmp3thread: Unable to spawn mp3player

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Shoutcast Music On Hold

You can have asterisk use a streaming source for on-hold music.

Make a directory and put a 0 size file ending in .mp3.
I called my directory: /var/lib/asterisk/mohmp3-empty

in musiconhold.conf, add a line such as:
default => mp3:/var/lib/asterisk/mohmp3-empty,

Alternative method —

The initial method seems to not work in 1.2 & +. You can use the method below, doing a custom application and calling mpg123, and specifying your shoutcast source.

application=/usr/local/bin/mpg123 -q -r 8000 -f 8192 -s –mono

T-Mobile @Home $10 a month for Unlimited ‘Landline’


In June of last year, T-Mobile introduced their Hotspot@Home UMA service, which lets users “seamlessly” (depending who you ask) transfer calls between their cellular network and Wi-Fi. It cost $19.99 per month for a single line. Now it’s $10.


T-mobile just launched “Tmobile@Home” plan, which provides users with a $50 WRTU54G, allowing users to plug in a landline in order to get unlimited local and domestic calling for just $10 a month. T-Mobile will transfer your number to their system, and they’re also offering a $60 VTech wireless phone. The service was initially only offered in Dallas and Seattle, but as of July 2 will be available nationwide.

T-Mobile CEO talks with the Seattle Times about the company’s shift in direction.

Talkster Offers FREE International Calls to Any Phone in More than 30 countries

Free areas: 

Call with regular phone: Just get your free Talkster numbers on the homepage:

Call with skype:

Call with googletalk:

Free Calls and Conference Calls with all your facebook friends:

It works like a conference call. You call your local number, the other person calls his/her local number. Both are charged local fees if the phone company charges.

To make a call, call the talkster number, and tell your friend to handup and call in his local talkster number. In the meantime, you wait online until your friend calls in.