[ubuntu-uk] Open Source VOIP
aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue Oct 25 12:16:55 UTC 2011
On 25/10/11 09:40, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 18/10/11 14:42, Tim Dobson wrote:
>> I used to work for a gradwell reseller and they definitely have an
>> unlimited UK landlines package. Call them up, speak to a salesdroid
>> and get him to sort you out... ideally get him to mail you some
>> options. :)
> I'm coming back on a now somewhat extinct thread because the original
> posting inspired me to do some research.
> Truphone seems to offer an excellent service and I've never met a more
> helpful e-mail support service. But the dedicated Java-based client
> failed to work for me under Ubuntu. Truphone will not reveal SIP
> settings, so you are stuck with their proprietary apps.
> VoipALot - http://www.voipalot.com seems to have great possibilities but
> as I couldn't find a way of testing before putting $10 on the account, I
> gave up with that one.
> VoipStunt - http://www.voipstunt.com/en/ looks even better and offers
> free testing. But I have not managed to get it to allow me to sign up.
> I'd love to know how you did it if anyone gets it to work!
> CallCentric - http://www.callcentric.com/ Works OK for me. It gives
> free testing, and a variety of different tariff options including a PAYG
> arrangement which suits me. The PAYG accepts topups of as little as $5
> so it doesn't cost the earth to check it out. It also automatically
> gives you a free +1 777 number which becomes your username. Call rates
> seem on a par with Skype - or maybe a bit higher. As SipGate and
> Gradwell don't offer PAYG, I haven't really looked at them. It's horses
> for courses.
> SoftPhones: I tried and failed with Ekiga. ZoiPer is recommended by
> CallCentric and worked well when I installed it, but it crashed and
> burned after a while, and unless I re-install, I can't use it. As it
> seems to be deprecated in recent Ubuntu releases, I gave up on it.
> Twinkle works tolerably well.
> Any further thoughts/suggestions are welcome. Currently I use Skype
> when I'm out of the country, but I'd like to have a backup, and
> CallCentric sounds promising. And the US phone-number is kinda cool.
Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file
transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and
more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.
(not sure if 'open source' here means libre ? )
I have not had time to try it, it has had lots of updates
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