[Wolves] VoIP phones and SIP providers

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Thu Feb 3 15:12:22 UTC 2011

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Hi everyone

As we have a few Asterisk users, I thought I'd take advantage of the
knowledge we have here. I'm looking for some recommendations on SIP
providers. I have used Sipgate in the past but for some reason I have it
in my head that they only allow one concurrent call and the only
geographic numbers they offer are ones in your dialling code area.

The end game is that I'd like a to be able to point a couple of numbers
at an Asterisk box over SIP, some non-geographic, some geographic but
not necessarily 01902, with the potential to migrate the numbers to
another provider if need be. Who would you recommend?

Also I'm looking for a couple of SIP phones, free or cheap/second-hand
is good :) I played with some generic no-name ones in the past and they
were awful. I've used a couple of Snoms which were very good, albeit
expensive and a cheap Aastra which was perfectly serviceable. I've not
used Cisco, Polycom, Grandstream or Linksys so advice on what is
good/bad would be helpful too.

I wouldn't be against the idea of using softphones if it weren't for the
fact that you have to dial an extension to transfer a call and the
person on the other end hears the tones, which sounds pretty rubbish.

I just thought I'd beat the ground to see if anybody has any collecting
dust somewhere that they're willing to part with.

Cheeky? Me? Of course :)


Adam Sweet

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