e164.org, SIPBroker and Voxalot
Apparently e164.org http://www.e164.org, SIPBroker http://www.sipbroker.com, and Voxalot http://www.voxalot.com are all related. I must say that what they offer to the community is unlike anything offered anywhere. You can use these services all together or separately.
e164.org allows you to enter your telephone number(s) in an ENUM database. After doing so users that use that ENUM database for look ups can call you free automatically with no fancy codes or dialing strings. The ENUM database simply returns an address such as sip:firstname.lastname@example.org. Your device or server can then connect directly to that address to make the call without ever touching the PSTN.
SIPBroker.com uses the aforementioned e164.org ENUM database as well as others to look for alternate ways to dial a PSTN number, then connects you to that address via the SIPBroker service. This is just one way of taking advantage of calling ENUM enabled numbers. It is really more than an ENUM lookup service though, it actually connects you, and all with nothing more an an ATA. Additionally they offer SIP codes that allow peering into many networks. You can actually use the SIPBroker service with only a Linksys or Sipura device and your existing SIP provider. The services is more like “middleware” which installs between your ATA and your service provider. Best of all , the service is free.
Voxalot.com is kind of like an extension of SIPBroker. You can register multiple VSPs (Voice Service Providers) to a Voxalot account. For instance, if you call the USA , Canada and Mexico, you can have three different service providers. Each provider offering the best rate to one country. You can then build a mini LCR (Least Cost Routing) from those three providers. You then register your ATA or SIP Phone to the Voxalot account where you have installed your VSPs. All SIPBroker Peering codes are also available on the system, as well as ENUM lookups Voxalot now offers limited services for free and also offers some pay services.
I am always anxious to know what the next step these guys will take is. It may be the next logical evolution such as what I call “Brute Force Peering” (More on this later, please do not ask!), or something completely different.
Only time will tell , and say hello to Martin for me when you get over that way!