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Free DID Numbers, Free Voip Calls, & more Voip Info

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patrob wrote: When I go to yak4ever to register, it asks for a US phone number?? Is that mean I can't sign up or do I put in the number you listed above :confused: Also will I be charged long dist. charges to call the 218-936-6410??

Also if I get the Jaduka free trial account to get 60 Free minutes...how do I make a new account...will I have to provide them with a new e-mail address plus phone # will be the same, so they will see I already had an acct. with them..... ?
Do not need to register for Yak4Ever just use as noted....
You need a new email adress every time, but the number can be the same for Jaduka

Remember, point Jaduka to the Yak4Ever number....
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Mediaring is up and running! works like charm!

i've called local numbers and the quality is excellent using my neighbors leaked wi-fi.. since acanac is still running at dialup speeds..

oh.. i called to china, quality was great!! if mediaring doesn't work for you, try quitting and restarting the application. it should work afterwards. cheers and thanks OP for this great freebie!
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emoci wrote: Dial 218-936-6410
When prompted for Code enter 1550#
Then enter 011-Country Code-City Code-Number
For places you can call, see www.yak4ever.com
I just called the number listed above (I hope I don't get charged the long distance charges since in US :confused: ) & instead of pressing 1550# I just press 1#, since I had signed up & in their e-mail said to press the extension. Quality was really bad...lots of echo in the background > :( ...but I guess for free you can't complain. Jajah's call quality was much better.

Thanks OP ;)
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patrob wrote: I just called the number listed above (I hope I don't get charged the long distance charges since in US :confused: ) & instead of pressing 1550# I just press 1#, since I had signed up & in their e-mail said to press the extension. Quality was really bad...lots of echo in the background > :( ...but I guess for free you can't complain. Jajah's call quality was much better.

Thanks OP ;)
Make sure you do not call that number(218-xxx-xxxx) straight from your phone/cell phone of course, use one of the Free US/CANADA calling offers.

It is easier than registering if you just use the access code...
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emoci wrote: Make sure you do not call that number(218-xxx-xxxx) straight from your phone/cell phone of course, use one of the Free US/CANADA calling offers.
I guess I will know next time...good it was not that long :lol:

What service can I use that I can use my regular phone to call US/Canada for free? Looks like most require the headphone set or mic > :( I tried the PhoneGnome but when I log in it asks me to buy something & won't allow me any free calls...

Thanks again...
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patrob wrote: I guess I will know next time...good it was not that long :lol:

What service can I use that I can use my regular phone to call US/Canada for free? Looks like most require the headphone set or mic > :( I tried the PhoneGnome but when I log in it asks me to buy something & won't allow me any free calls...

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PhoneGnome will only let you call for free other people that have already signed up for PhoneGnome...For a guide on how to sign up (just use the first part of the guide about PhoneGnome) see http://www.scopezoom.com/guide1.htm

To use headset/mic for US/CAD, try www.earthcaller.com, www.ICall.com, or it seems MediaRingTalk is also working.

To make calls from your homephone(this isn't something you can do forever though):
-Sign Up for Jaduka's MyPrivateLine trial (1 hour for free)
-Point it to 218-xxx-xxxx number from Yak4Ever
-Now you call from Home: 1-800 + Extension from Jaduka, then enter 1550# when Yak4Ever answers
-To call in US/CAD use 001-416-xxx-xxxx format, LD use 011-Number format
-Make sure when you call, use a phone that you have not registered for Yak4Ever before (otherwise things get complicated)
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Anyone got Jaduka working with yak4ever ? After I put my extension number, it just rings and rings and then diconnects me.
If I call the yak4ever number directly, it works.
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Just tested right now, I have Jaduka forward to (218) 936-6410
It worked for me right now...
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I have tried icall and earthcaller, both of them are working very well.
It seems icall has better phone line quality than earthcaller.

Thanks a lot, guys. :lol: ;)
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Does anyone know of an app or service to make free calls to the US/Canada on a Mac? iCall works fine but only on a PC. Don't want to have to install XP on my Mac for just one app!


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Have updated the WorkAround.

Not only can you have people call you from a local access number around the world, but you can use your favourite Voip Providers from anywhere, from any phone, using the many local Access Numbers provided by SipBroker and TPad, you can make your own Ultimate Calling Card....

Now even those relatives that are not comfortable with VoIP yet, can try it it from their normal phone, both receiving and making calls.

BTW, if anyone has used or is using any of these, post a quick summary of what is offered and I'll add it to the list:
http://www.talkster.com/
http://www.barablu.com/
http://www.mobivox.com/
http://www.nimbuzz.com/en/
http://www.iskoot.com/
http://www.truphone.com/
http://www.eqo.com/
http://hullo.com/
http://www.jaxtr.com/user/index.jsp
www.jangl.com
http://www.yoomba.com/
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emoci wrote: Well we all know there is no such thing as free lunch, or real free Voip, but I have been looking around and experimenting this month, and here is a few neat things:

Free Incoming DID numbers:

SipNumber (www.sipnumber.com) (Iowa State Numbers)
-Can be forwarded to any SIP URI

SipNumber Rebranded Websites (once you make an account in one, you can log in all of them):
http://www.talkdigits.com/
http://www.freedigits.com/
http://officedigits.com/
http://www.faxdigits.com/
http://www.calldigits.com/
http://www.clickdigits.com/

IPKall (www.IPKall.com) (Washington State numbers: 206, 253, 360, 425)
-However lately they have added a message, such that whenever someone with no CID calls, they have to enter their number, this is slightly annoying and has kept some people from being able to get through.

VoiceStick(www.voicestick.com)
-Free Numbers in the US (just about every state) and Free real geographical UK numbers.
-The catch is you have to load a one time $10 US credit.
-In terms of receiving calls they are not compatible with VoXalot and do not support SIP URI forwarding. However, they do work through PBXes.com.
-You can have a regular Cell/Landline ring when someone calls but it will be charged at the rate of the Plan you chose.
-There is mixed reviews about configuring PAP2/Sipura with them, but it is doable.
-They do offer a softphone with which you can receive calls
-In summary in terms of call receival there are a few kinks to be smoothed out.
-But read on about a neat way of using them to make VoIP Calls from any phone.

OrbTalk (http://orbtalk.co.uk/)
Real geographic UK numbers including London 020 7 numbers.
-Got one of these and configured it to forward to my current SIP provider via Voxalot. Called it with Skype to test and it's working.

Coms (www.coms.com)
Free Real UK Geographic numbers
Free 0845 Numbers
Find yourself a real UK address before registering, they seem to check the postal code (this helped me http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/re ... fordshire/)

MessageNet (http://www.messagenet.it/)
Real Italian numbers in Rome,Milan and Turin.
-Got one of these and configured it to forward to my current SIP provider via Voxalot. Called it with Skype to test and it's working.

VoipUser (http://www.voipuser.org/mynumbers.html)
Free UK Non-Geographic numbers 0844 0871 0870 0703
(the caller pays a premium rate for these, for a good explanation of what these are all about check here http://www.esms.com/services_numbers_2_08.php)

eSMS (http://www.esms.com/services_numbers_5.php)
Free UK Non-Geographic Numbers: 0844 0871 070.

OpenTelecom (http://www.open-telecom.co.uk/products- ... vices.html)
Free UK Non-Geographic Numbers: 0844 0845 0871 070.
Takes them a while to reply, and depending on the number you choose, you can forward it to various destinations.

IPStar (http://www.ipstar.us/)
Free UK Non-Geographic Numbers: 0871 0870


Getting DID numbers to ring Your Current SIP/VoIP provider

1. Some of them offer forwarding to your current SIP URI, YourVoipUsername@YourProviderProxy

2. MySipSwitch.com
Go to www.mysipswitch.com, and create an account. Ignore the dialing plans, but go to the bottom of the Config Page when logged in. Fill out the provider info, and under 'contact' put where you want it to ring YourVoipUsername@YourProviderProxy

3. VoXalot.com(www.voxalot.com) (Cost: Starting at $15/year)
-Make an account
-Add your Voip Provider (including any of the above)
-Set Active and Register to Yes
-Setup codecs as follows: ulaw;alaw;g726;g729;ilbc;gsm
-Save and wait until status says: Registered
-In the meantime under call forwarding tab set to forward all calls to *SipCode (find the one for your provider here ) + Your Internal Voip Number
-Also set Voicemail under Member Details on VoXalot to No.
-Once all is done, whenever someone calls any of those numbers your current Voip Line will ring

4. PBXes.com
-Although slightly complicated, it can achieve forwarding as well
-Quality leaves to be desired in some cases

Choose this in the order, they are given. If you strive for call quality and are willing to spend some cash, VoXalot maybe your choice then, MySipSwitch is fair quality-wise too though...


Free Voip Access Numbers

SipBroker.com (www.sipbroker.com)
-Here is a list of access numbers around the world: http://www.sipbroker.com/sipbroker/action/pstnNumbers
-So someone can call you by dialing AccessNumber + SipCode (find your provider's SipCode ) + Your Internal Voip Number
-If you register with SipBroker.com using username@voipproviderSipProxy and create an alias someone could call you: Access Number+ *011 + SipBroker Alias


A WorkAround: Make and Receive SIP/VoIP Calls from your current Cell/Landline (No equipment needed)

Receiving Calls via VoIP on your regular PSTN Phone: Anyone can call you from a number local to them, Your CellPhone or HomePhone rings, no Voip Line required

There are now three options, all of which achieve similar results, but at different costs and qualities:

1. Receive Calls from Around the World through a local number: VoXalot, PBXes, TPad, MySipSwitch (Cost: Free)
2. Receive Calls from Around the World through a local number: VoXalot & PhoneGnome (Cost: $15 after July 16th)

3.Receive Calls from Around the World through a local number: PhoneGnome and GTalk2Voip (Cost: Free)
4.Receive Calls from Around the World through a local number: PhoneGnome, VoXalot, PBXes.com (Cost: Free)

Commentary:

1. This solutions allow people to call you using a number local to them, but do not yet give you any way to call them, unless of course the person you are calling has done this setup as well.

2. There is two things two consider with each setup (in my opinion), reliability and voice quality. This remains my opinion, but the paid VoXalot option produces best results with both, unfortunately it is no longer free. The next best one is the current number 1, quality is rather good, and it is free. It can be. The process can be repeated to set up multiple numbers.

3. If you want some sort of assurance, you may have to take a $15 hit per year and go with VoXalot.


Making VoIP Calls from your regular PSTN Phone

1. To call any Voip User: Dial SipBroker Access Number + SipCode-Internal Number
2. Make Calls via your favorite SIP Provider(s) using a local access number around the world


Free Calls

An Interesting Service:
PhoneGnome.com (www.phonegnome.com)
-You register your Home or Cell Number (assuming you are not buying a box from them).
-Now anyone else also registered can call you for free.
-If you set up the software, it'll ring there, but your phone will also ring.
-The call is free for the person placing the call.
-The CID appearing (if using the cellphone) is not local though.
-See below for a neat workaround.

ICall.com (www.icall.com)
Free US/Canada calling.
Uses a Skype-like soft phone.
The software is slighly glitchy so some patience is required.

Rebtel.com (www.rebtel.com)
Geared towards mobiles.
-You make an account.
-You add a friend's number.
-It gives you a local access number to call that will ring your friend.
-When the other guy receives your call, he sees a CID in his screen.
-He has to pick up, then hang up within 10 sec and call that CID, while you wait on the line (if you don't want to go through the hang up process, you gotta buy minutes from them).
-Finally you connect and the call is local for both of you. It works with international contacts too.

Raketu (www.raketu.com)
Skype-like softphone.
Free calls to 43 countries, but you need to add $9.95 credit one time.
Can make free calls for 1 hour after registration, without paying
Software looks a bit clunky.

MediaRingTalk (http://www.mediaringtalk.com/terms_cond_promo.html)
Skype-like softphone.
Promotion with free calling to 8 countries until July 30, 2007 (It's been extended to Sept)
Personally I couldn't make any calls with them, when I tried.

TruPhone.com (www.truphone.com)
Geared towards mobiles, not 100% sure how it works.

PalCalls (www.palcalls.com)
Uses softphone.
Here is their faq http://www.siliconscript.com/palcalls/faq.aspx#faq2
They say calls are free, supported by the ads they show on the software while you are using it.



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