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What’s the new deal for ip calling?


All includes free calls to China. Telbo includes a $1/m plan for North America.

**xxx reserves the right after a certain amount of calls to start charging the default rate. FREE CALLS are available for users with Freedays.

If you want to a home phone that can make and receive calls, follow these steps.

1.you can get a voip phone or adapter. For adapter, Linksys PAP2 is recommended. If you are using an adapter, you need a regular phone to connect to the adapter.

Note: voip phones and adapters are connected to router/internet using network cable directly, not connected to computer using USB cable or phone line.

2. Get a nonoh.net account for 10EUR/4mon.

3. Set up the nonoh account on the ip phone or adapter.

4.Get a free US phone number (DID) at ipKall.com. New York area code is not available at ipKall. Choose one you like. SIP Phone number is your nonoh user name. SIP Proxy is sip.nonoh.net.

Basically, now you have a home phone with that you can receive calls and make calls, even to China.

5. (optional) Get a local phone number from google.com/voice. Forward the number to your ipKall number.

If you just need a home phone that can receive calls, in step 2 above, get an account from Gizmo5.com. Then get a google voice account that can be forwarded to your gizmo account. With gizmo, you can make toll-free calls.

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): Talkster.com

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

http://www.skype.com/allfeatures/subscr … 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 voipuser.com, voxilla.com or freedigits.com etc. Set it on the Sip device.

http://blog.nyworldphone.com/2008/02/06 … 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 grandcentral.com, 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 voipdiscount.com 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.


I’m using WRT54GS + Openwrt + asterisk at home. It is good because we have all controls. But admin password will be lost from time to time, then I’ll have to reset it: http://blog.nyworldphone.com/2008/02/06/openwrt-on-wrt54gs-reset-the-root-password/. And, for some providers, I can’t make it work with my asterisk on wrt54gs.

Then I tried pbxes.org. It is still free and works perfect. I can do everything I’m doing right now with my asterisk.  It is a good option for personal use which cost nothing. Here I would like to explain some configurations that I did.

1. Receiving calls on Sip phone/device.

A) Internal between extensions.

  • Extensions-> Add Extension
  • Display name(e.g. 3000)
  • Password(e.g. 3000)
  • Outbound CID(e.g. 3000)
  • Voicemail(optional, disabled by default)
  • Submit

You could do the same thing above to add more extensions (e.g. 6000 etc).

When you configure it on your sip phone/device, usename is “pbxes_username”-exten, e.g. username-3000, password is your pbxes extension password and domain/sip proxy is pbxes.org. Now you can dial extensions from one to another, e.g. dial 6000.

B) Through a DID number

a. Add extensions as A).

b. Add trunks

  • Trunks->Add Trunk->(e.g. Add SIP Trunk)
  • Trunk Name (e.g. freedigits)
  • username (e.g. freedigits number)
  • password (e.g. freedigits password)
  • Sip server(e.g. freedigits.net)
  • Submit changes

 c. Add Inbound Routing

  • Inbound Routing->Add Incoming Routing
  • Trunk: (e.g. freedigits)
  • Caller ID Number (optional, specify allowed incoming CID)
  • Set Destination: mark Extension, and choose one from the list, e.g. 3000.
  • Submit

Now when people call the freedigits DID, calls will be routed to the extension 3000.

2. Make calls

A) Add extensions as 1.A.

B) Add trunk as 1.B.b with your favorite voip provider, e.g. voipbuster.

C) Set outbound routing

  • Outbound Routing->Add Route
  • Route name: (e.g. sip out)
  • Trunk sequence: (e.g. voipbuster)
  • Set Destination (optional)
  • Save changes

Now you can make calls usign your favorite vsp from your sip phone/device.

3. Call Forwarding/Receiving calls on PSTN phones (landline or cell phones).

A) Add trunks as 1.B.b.

B) Add ring groups

  • Ring Groups->Add Ring Group
  • Group number: (e.g. 1)
  • extension list: landline or cell phone number plus #. e.g. 12126668888# (it may differ according to your provider)
  • ring time, e.g. 20
  • Destination if no answer (optional)
  • Submit changes

C) Add inbound routing

Same as 1.B.c, except in “Set Destination” mark Ring Group(e.g. #1).

D) Add outbound routing as 2.C.

Now if people call your freedigits DID, the call will be forwarded to your regular phone using through your vsp.

4. Call back

Start with callthru by adding an inbound route with the number of your phone entered as Caller ID. Leave Trunk Name empty. If it doesn’t work check your call monitor for the right format of your Caller ID. When dialing the callthru destination you may always press the * key to redial and # to end digits. After the called party hangs up you will hear another dialtone for your next call. To hangup by yourself transfer the call to an invalid destination by dialing *2.

– alen

MagicJack, skype killer?

It seems magicjack is a rising star in the hot voip market.

What did they get?

1. Calling is convenient. Connect a regular phone to the magicjack, plug the magicjack into a USB port, and make calls. That’s it.

2. Cost is low: Each magicJack costs $39.95 plus shipping and handling. This gives you one year of calling to the USA and Canada. You can purchase an additional year’s service for $19.95


What’s the differece from USB phone?

USB phone + installed softphone = Regular phone + magicjack.

Basically, they put everything pre-installed in the magicjack. So this is no-brainer totally. Even grandma can do it.

MagicJack’s success tells us that in the voip market, if you could do a little bit more than others, you could succeed. If you check the various voip solutions partially listed in this post: http://blog.nyworldphone.com/2008/03/06/various-voip-solutions/, you would see how to make voip calls, what’s our voip future are really up to our imagination. There’s still a lot of space that we can imagine.

To me magic jack is not so much better than others.

MagicJack is simple. But if you have buy others like vonage, what you need do to make a call is just connect your regular phone to the adapter, connect the adapter to the router, and make calls. Oh right, you need a router to have both of your computer and adapter “internet accessible”, and you need plug in the power supply etc. Big deal, we like las vegas but we don’t want travel?

MagicJack is cheap. Skype is 3 bucks a month for NA unlimited and has unlimited world plan. Speaking of cheap, icall.com and some others offer free calls to US and Canada.

MagicJack is portable. So what? If you have a laptop for MagicJack calling on travel, isn’t skype more simple? Just login and make calls. You don’t even need carry a regular phone. Grandma doesn’t know how to use skpe? Does she carry a laptop to use MagicJack? Does she know how to get the internet access on travel? Actually, I would recommend her to carry a pre-configured sip phone on travel. Connect it to internet and make calls. That’s even smaller than a laptop.

MagicJack can be sent to another country. You can send a adapter too. For simpler, just send a link for skype without shipping fee.

MagicJack is small. What’s the size of skype?

MagicJack has all these features, portable, simple, cheap, small etc. Actually there’re already some dedicated skype phones, such as Linksys CIT400 Wireless IP Phone. The price is not cheap. We have to turn on our computer to use MagicJack which obvious is not a good solution for permanent household using. I would expect some sip service with similar pricing to MagicJack. I bet the pre-configured adapter would make Grandma even happier.

Even all this, MagicJack offers another solution, a new option and it’s kind of cute(see the picture above). People love to try new things.

— Alen

wakacall offers free minutes and easy calling card solution

Wakacall plan is from voipagain(VoipAgain.com).

It’s rates can be seen on http://www.voipagain.com/rates.htm and choose wakaCall or go to http://www.voipagain.com/waka30.htm directly. They offer different plans. Wakacall is one of them, which is currently active.

They offer free minutes to the free zones. To see the free zones, go to http://www.voipagain.com/rates.htm and choose wakaCall free zone or go to http://www.voipagain.com/wakacall.htm directly.

They have another free minutes policy which is also kind of tricky.



  • Maximum 500 minutes of FREE CALLS to our FREE destinations over any 7 day period.
  • We want you to experience our service for yourself.
  • Your first 10 minutes of calls to over 30 selected countries using our service will be FREE.
  • After the first 10 minutes of FREE calls, if you’re over 11 minutes, you will be automatically
          charged for the whole minutes based on the destination.
  • When the 500 minute FREE limit is exceeded, normal rate will be automatically charged based on the destination.
  • The voice quality not only depends on the destination, your network quality etc, but also the calling softphone/device. My experience is that eyebeam 1.1 is better than xlite 3.0 and BuzzSip. I have not tried it with devices.

    There are one set of username/password for web login, one set of account#/pin# for calling account. To configure wakacall on sip phone:

    For wakaCall Plan

    Configuring X-Lite 3.0

    Once X-Lite is installed on your computer, you will need to add the following Account Details.

    Use the drop down arrow at the top of X-Lite to access the “SIP Account Settings”. Click on add and enter the details provided below: 

    Note that you only need to change set the
    User Details, Pin and Domain Proxy.


    Display Name:      – your name goes here –

    User Name:      – this is your account number –
    Password:        – this is your PIN number-
    Authorization User Name:        – Blank –
    Domain:           sip.checkcdr.com

    * Register with domain and receive incoming calls – must be checked.

    * Send outbound via – “domain”.

    You are now ready to start calling with wakaCall! 

    Or you could try BuzzSip:

    BuzzSip v3.2, our free & preferred softphone.

    Download VoipAgain




    wakaCall also offer calling card method, which is good for people who want to call without internet. To do that, they could buy a local DID number and directed to their calling card gateway.

    But you may need check the voice quality to make sure it’s good for you. The voice quality could differ a lot for different people.

    Install Asterisk Resources

    Asterisk on Linksys PAP2v2 and DLink VTA-VR

    Broadband reports Link by mazilo.

    Asterisk on WRT54G

    openwrt Link






    Asterisk on OpenWRT




    Install Asterisk – download the source code and compile it



    Downloading and Compiling from Digium


    My experience in installing Asterisk on WRT54GS



    Fring now support windows mobile.

    Here is the description from fring’s website:

    fring™ is a free mobile VoIP software that lets you talk and live chat (IM) using your handset’s Internet connection instead of costly mobile airtime (GSM) minutes. fring enables free mobile calls over Wi-Fi Internet access or your GPRS, EDGE or 3G Internet data plan.

    fring lets you easily communicate with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™ , Twitter and regular phone contacts from one, integrated contact list. fring also supports SkypeOut and hundreds of SIP-based services such as GizmoProject, VoipCheap, VoipStunt, Free World, even from non-SIP enabled handsets, enabling cheap local and international VoIP calls to contacts’ PCs, mobile phones and landline numbers. fring is also enhanced with real-time contact availability (presence) so you can see who’s available before dialing.

    Here is a post about fring.

    It looks like fring’s service is unstable. But at least, fring could be used as a free sip-client for mobile. I’ll see how it goes.