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A Collection of Cheap Phone Services

Intertional Calling

Everybody knows using computers to talk with MSN, QQ etc. We’ll nottalk about those methods here. Instead we talk about calls with regularphones on one side or both sides.

1. Of course, traditional way calling internationally is using calling card.
I went to Chinatown to buy calling cards when I first came here. I bought it online. We can get calling card with rates about or less than 1 cent per minute calling China.

2. Make international calls with local calling rates (or free):

No registration, no credit cards, no catches, no limits!

With talkster, you get a local access for yourself, and an access number for your friend.
Say you want to call your friend, you call your access number which rings your friend’s phone. He/She answers the phone, then hangs up. You stays online. Your friend calls his/her access number. Then you  two will be connected, basically having a conference call.

The good thing about this method is that your friends, families in China call also you by calling their access numbers first. You answer the phone, hang up, ask them to stay online, and then calls your access number.

3. Skype Unlimited World $9.95/month

Image … nadaworld/

In particular, unlimited calls areas include:
China landlines and mobiles
USA landlines and mobiles

Make Unlimited Skype™ Calls without a Computer with Belkin’s New Desktop Internet Phone for Skype: $99

Of course you don’t need pay anything if both sides use skype.
Get a skypein phone number, you basically have a lanline phone. It costs €50 one year.

4. There’s another way which is a little bit complicated. But it’s free calling between two sides. You need pay to get sip devices like this: Linksys PAP2T-NA for both sides and connect regular phones to the devices.

Then get sip accounts for both sides, like, or etc. Set it on the Sip device.
Reference: … cked-pap2/


In particular, Freedigits’ account is a US phone number. Basically, you and your friend in China get a free US phone number. Calling between you is free! Of course, other people in US can call you.

If you want to get local numbers, go to, get numbers and forward it to your freedigits number(or GizmoProject sip account).

If you want to call other numbers in US or China, register accounts and buy credit from your favorite VOIP companies like etc, and register it on the sip device.

Basically, you get a home phone with a free US phone number, free calls between you and other people with the same setup and low rate calling to other people.

5. Another convenient way to call China is use Packet8 Mobile Talk with cell phones for 1 cent per minute to China.

6. I guess a lot of poople know iTalkBB. They offer unlimited calls to north America and China with a monthly fee $25.


7. The complicated way is to set up a free PBX asterisk which will provide the most features that you want. You can get a WRT54GS, load OpenWRT firmware and install asterisk. Then you can set up free US phone numbers (or even China number which you usually need pay) to receive calls. And you can set up calling services to call China and US.


Domestic Calling

Usually, people get phone service from Verizon. They offer individual service and packages like including internet, TV and phone services. Time Warner Cable also offers similar services.

1. Skype Unlimited US & Canada $2.95/month


Usually, you need a computer to make skype calls. Get a phone above, you’ll make calls like regular.
Make Unlimited Skype™ Calls without a Computer with Belkin’s New Desktop Internet Phone for Skype: $99

2. People who have tmobile service, even the lowest package, want to have a cheap home phone, Tmobile-at-Home is good choice.
$10 a month for unlimited calls in north America:


3. Same as international calling #4 which may be the cheapest way. You can get Linksys PAP2-NA for about $30 on ebay.
4. Same as international calling #7.

Aim Phonline for Sip Device or Application or Asterisk

If you got an Aim Phonline free DID, set up a secure SIP device password in their Dashboard at

In your application like xlite or sip devices, set as follows.

Domain =
Username =
Password = “password set under the AIM Call Out dashboard SIP Clients settings page”
Caller ID name = screenname

If you need stun server, use .

For Asterisk, register as follows.

register =>

For more details, check here:

Client list:

STI NJ Calling Card

Just found this calling card on the net.

It shows that it has some unlimited calls, like to China.



According to the description,


If only $0.79 is charged per week for unlimited calling, it’s still a good deal. I wonder how reliable it is.

Packet8 MobileTalk

With Packet8 MobileTalk, people can make international calls directly through cell phone via Packet8’s IP network. The rate is not bad for some countries, like 1 cent for China. It’s a good way to make calls. And no wifi/data plan required. But people do need install their application on their phones. Here is a list of Supported Mobile Phones.

I wonder what the quality is. If anybody has tried it, you’re welcome to comment.

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.