This article is intended to show what some of the benefits of IP telephony are. It focuses on what you can do to supplement your existing services for little or no cost. It is wonderful material for those that must answer phone lines from multiple locations. Later we can focus on more advanced paid services.
If you have a need to answer your phone or share your lines from multiple locations, support telecommuters I think you will find that you have some options as presented here. Many of these techniques apply “out of the box” to many “open” VoIP services. Unfortunately some of the most popular services such as Skype, Vonage and Majicjack are not “open” , however dor at least some of these there are solutions to mix those services as well.
If you followed my previous post “Free Calls to USA and Canada; Part 1“, you are 90% on your way already! If not , go back and read that article to get you up to speed.
Now while we are here, and that previous post is fresh in your mind, I should mention that one CAN pay a few dollars a month to get a number from any one of MANY countries worldwide. Teknogeekz has a reseller account here and many USA numbers are available there. We also have resources for many Internartional numbers and if you are looking for a number, please contact us. We ask that if you are considering this , consider doing this through us, or with our guidance.
What we can then do is deliver those calls that come into that USA Washington number, or a purchased number if you need one from Mexico City, or Toronto. For those who sign up for the commercial service mentioned above there is no need to have a Vonage MajicJack or Skype account. Also with the IP Kall number it could be your primary USA contact number.
So you already have a Vonage, Majcjack por Skype line with incoming calls , and unlimited USA calling, and you want to answer those calls Monday through Friday but you want your weekends free and someone else to answer those calls, maybe even in another part of the world on the weekends, or ring in four countries simultaneously. You need only forward that line to the newly acquired free Washington State number from IPKall.com, or to the newly acquired commercial number, when you are available to answer those calls, simply forward it to the new number. Some services may offer simultaneous ring which would allow you tio answer it on any of those phones based on who answers it first.
So what if you have a traditional line like from Telmex in Mexico City that you want to do this with? Get a Mexico City Local phone number. We forward our Telmex line to that new “local” number. That line can now be answered anywhere we have an ATA or softphone connected to the VoxALot Account. Otherwise there are ATAs for phone lines such as a Linksys SPA3102. It will take any fixed phone line and convert it to a VoIP line. Contact us if you need help with this.
Now via Voxalot we register a SIP ATA or softphone to that number. If you want , you can register MULTIPLE ATAs or Softphones to that same Voxalot account. Then when a call comes in, it rings all connected devices. You can also use multiple VoxALot accounts to facilitate free calls between all users.
What is an ATA? Theere are 2 types of ATAs do not confuse them! 1)An ATA is a device that allows you to use a standard telephone with a VoIP service . If you have Vonage this is not an open service so you have a “locked” ATA that can only be used with Vonage. Also The MajicJack USB device is a kind of USB ATA device that is also “locked” to their service. 2)A device that connects a traditional phone line to/from VoIP.
What is an “open” VoIP service? A service that allows you to connect any standards based device or any softphone to the service.