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    VOIP - AT home

    Can someone just fill me in with some info.

    I've just ordered a VOIP, maybe I should have waited first!

    Can I plug it into my existing router, or will I need something special?

    Can I make phone calls to other landline/mobiles? Or do I need to subscribe to a service?

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    how do you mean?
    VOIP is a protocol, not an item, what is it you've bought?

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    Sorry, I understand that. I meant to say IP Phone!

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    get one of these:
    Asterisk :: The Open Source PBX & Telephony Platform |

    then plug it in

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    What phone have you ordered? Is it a USB style one such as those from Tesco or Skype? Or is it a generic one like those from Polycom, Grandstream etc...?

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    TBH that's a) overkill b) overtaxing. Depending what phone you've bought, you probably just need to lease a VOIP service from someone like Vonage and configure it appropriately. But to answer your question: no, you can't just make calls, you need a service provider of some sort to reach ordinary phones.

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    ip phone, ah.

    depends on the product - I'd expect you'll need an account with some service - unless its included with the product

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    I use skype to speak to relatives all over the world. you have to pay little if you want to phone a land line, I think its 0.0017 per min to portugal.
    The quailty is quite good aswell i use a headset on my PC. never tried a phone.

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    Flash: if it is a "regular" VoIP phone, try sipgate first. Easy to test and a free signup.

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    If you setup an asterisk server and point the right ports form your public IP then your friend gets an IP phone you can make free phone calls.

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