[kwlug-disc] VoIP questions

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Jan 5 12:08:16 EST 2010


Maybe I can answer that...

The Internet Telephone Service Provider (ITSP) gives you a bridge from
the POTS to VOIP through a Direct Inward Dialing (DID) number (telephone
number!).  You don't really buy a phone number - just rent it.

A non-toll-free number from a typical ITSP (unlimitel, les.net,
link2voip) costs $2.50-3.50 with ~2c/min for all calls.  Toll-free
numbers are also available at slightly higher cost.

On Tue, 2010-01-05 at 11:52 -0500, Adam Glauser wrote:
> I'm trying to refresh my memory about some of the things Lori talked 
> about last time we had a VoIP/Asterisk presentation.
> 
> To start with, what is the general name of the service (for Googling) 
> that gives you a POTS to VoIP bridge, and forwards the calls to your 
> Asterisk box?  That is to say, you are essentially buying a phone 
> number.  I seem to recall that this service was available for 
> significantly less than the cost of a landline.
> 
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