Call for free to regular phones with VoIP using the Sipura SPA3000.
By Chris JÃƒÂ¤rnÃƒÂ¥ker
I’ve written a number of articles in the past over calling cheap using your computer. In these cases the setup has been that you have a computer and use this one to connect to a provider like Skype through a headset or a chat-cord (an adapter to connect your regular phone to your computer). The drawback with this is that (1) you need a more or less dedicated computer for this and (2) dialling can only be done through the VoIP provider (like Skype) and (3) it’s often difficult to just pick up the phone and dial.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could connect a box between your telephone outlet and your phone and that box took care of everything for you? There are several solutions for this and some are better and some are very complicated. To name a few:
My pick of a VoIP provider
But calling over the internet will not work if you don’t have a VoIP provider.
Skype is such company, another one is Vonage, another one is Net2Phone. But then you have the smaller companies that try to beat themselves into the market, like VoIPBuster, by using ‘Call with us for free to landlines’ deals. Simple business knowledge tell us that there is not such thing as ‘free’ so what is this all about? Let me explain (my theory at least, the companies themselves won’t tell us, duh)
A company, lets call them AAA, starts providing free internet calls to fixed phones in many countries. To be able to use their service you need to buy credit worth of Ã¢â€šÂ¬10 / $12 and it will be valid for 4 months. People flock to that company with their great deal.
After six months AAA has enough users to start earning money so they remove the expensive free destinations like China and countries in Africa, and start charging below average rates (so you’ll still save money with them even though it’s not for free)
VoIPBuster is one of these companies (AAA), then came SIPDiscount, VoIPCheap.co.uk and last VoIPStunt.com
Go to www.VoIPStunt.com and sign up for an account. It won’t cost you anything as long as you’re testing.
By paying 10 bucks every four months you can call for free to a number of countries. And when the time comes that it’s not for free any more then you can still call for very very little money. Example from the Netherlands to USA: VoIPStunt currently for free, VoIPBuster (used to be for free) 1ct / min, Tele2 (regular phone) 5ct / min, KPN (state landline) 7ct / min
On the next page we’ll have a look at the hardware, the Sipura SPA3000.
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