Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Free Incoming Internet Phone/VOIP

Who does not like a free VOIP Phone with a real phone number? So how do you go about getting one?

Okay, here is how it is going to work:

  1. Open up a free VOIP Account. There are a few ways of getting them. I have listed them here.
    1. GizmoProject from Sipphone provides a VOIP Client with Jabber Support as well as a VOIP Number. Optionally you can buy CallIn or Callout service from them. (But, if you want everything to be free you don't want that right?)
    2. MindSpring from Earthlink has free VOIP Service as well. They also provide a DialOut. To use the service, you have to open up a free earthlink email account.
    3. There may be more on the market that I may not be aware of. :)
  2. Get a Free Phone Number to direct to your VOIP Number. This can be done in two ways
    1. Get a Free Washington State Phone Number from IPKall. You need to provide details about your SIP provider here.
    2. You can get a Google GrandCentral Account to forward calls to Gizmo (At this point, GrandCentral supports only Gizmo as VOIP Option. I would love if they start doing regular SIP Peering like IPKall to any VOIP provider).
      • Locks you to Gizmo
      • Needs you to have an US Phone Number - to open up GrandCentral Account - may mean you need to be in US?
  3. if you used Step 2a, but you want a number in a specific area in US, then now it is time for you to open up a GrandCentral Account to direct the phone to your IPKall Number, which will get directed to your Gizmo or MindSpring Account.

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