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Old 30.11.2012, 17:21
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

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I read I can give a Switzernet customer's phone number on my inscription, so if somebody wants to give me his number (taskalem for example) I will be happy to return all the help you have given to me (are you sure you don't want jrspet??).
Try DannyT986 ( Tis the least I can do to return the favour to him )

Send him a PM.

I have enough credits for quite a while.

Be quick and grab the Siemens Gigaset phone ( it will be pre-configured for you by Switzernet ) for a very low price.

As for the IPKall thingy, it is a manipulation to allow US callers to call me in CH for free or extremely low rates ( probably an advanced VOIP topic ).
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Old 30.11.2012, 18:50
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

Thanks JRSPET. PM to HappyAnne.

I signed up to Switzernet Wed, got the codes Thu and tested them on a PC Softphone (Bria) and got it all integrated with Outlook, on Fri I got my new Gigaset phone this morning and have got that all wired up and configured today. Happy camper.

The Gigaset deal from Switzernet is a very good deal, but I wanted a desk speaker phone, multiple handsets and some bells and whistles so got their home office PBX model the DX800A and handsets.

Bria, a softphone app has really good Outlook integration. It parses the emails and picks out the contacts and also phone numbers in the text and you can dial those by clicking just on a dial button. So you basically dont need to faff around in the clunky contacts interface.
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

Somebody might find it useful to start a Referral kinda thread ( Switzernet, Cablecom and so on ).
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somebody might find it useful to start a referral kinda sticky ( switzernet, cablecom and so on ).
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Old 30.11.2012, 21:14
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

The voip provider I am using is rynga.
If you top up with 5 EUR you can call landlines for free for 3 months. Rynga also has android and ios apps, both work fine for me.
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

Do I understand this right? If you sign up with Switzernet, you have to buy a phone off them to be able to make calls, if you don't want to make them via your PC?

How does the referral system work? I'm happy to refer somebody, who can explain all this to me.
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

That Siemens phone is actually an ATA.

You can sign up merely for the account ( credentials ) and buy your own ATA ( Analogue Telephone Adapter ) in the form of a phone cum ATA like the Siemens, OR buy a separate ATA box and plug in any existing telephone handset to it and it works or get them from Switzernet ( they have some decent deals ).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_telephone_adapter

A typical phone cum ATA:

http://switzernet.com/public/090505-.../A510IP_EN.htm

A typical ATA box:

http://switzernet.com/public/090505-...n/PAP2T_EN.htm


The referral system is only for Switzernet ( member get member bonus ) - upon signing up online with them, you are asked to provide an existing customer phone number ( Switzernet phone number ).

I received a recent email from them about the current referral offer. Best to refer to the above posts for someone to refer you or even to Happy Anne being a new Switzernet customer.
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Do I understand this right? If you sign up with Switzernet, you have to buy a phone off them to be able to make calls, if you don't want to make them via your PC?

How does the referral system work? I'm happy to refer somebody, who can explain all this to me.
You can use an existing IP phone or a soft phone.
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Do I understand this right? If you sign up with Switzernet, you have to buy a phone off them to be able to make calls, if you don't want to make them via your PC?

How does the referral system work? I'm happy to refer somebody, who can explain all this to me.
At the risk of stating the obvious you need access to an internet connection.

There are "softphone" applications that mean you can also even use an iphone or similar devices as your handset.

Referal system, when you sign up you get asked if you have a referer and quote their number eg 41435041248 ;-)
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Re: Calling to U.S.A.

For a cheap, easy and non-contract binding way to call to the US, I use the phone system where you dial 0840567567, and it puts you on a dedicated line to the US. Follow the prompts, enter the US number (with appropriate country code) followed by pound sign.

The cost to call the US anytime using this system is only 4 rappen/minute, and the charge is put on your regular phone bill.

I use skype a lot too, but sometimes the connectivity does not cooperate and there is nothing more frustrating than missing some words in a conversation!
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Hi, just to point to an option worth exploring that I use: Google Voice.

I hold 2 US phone numbers with them and have had them for about 3.5 years now (around the time the service was rolled out).

All calls to US/Canada phones are free. Google has a tool from which you can dial and SMS from Gmail when accessed from a computer (not iPad/iPhone).

The challenge is that as far as I know the service is availabe in the US only, perhaps you family member can investigate openning an account there an applying for Google Voice US phone number (free).

The number does not allow call forward to foreign numbers (outside of US, only within US is this available), however, any phone call that is made goes to a voicemail that is retrievable from your Gmail (voice and text transcript included).

That's an option, but you need to research it a bit, its something that is been very valuable for me in CH. Best of all it's free.

Cheers.
I'll second this. We've gone one step further, and set Google Voice up with an Obitalk 110, which sends calls to the GV number to our phone. Then we don't need to be in front of the computer to make or receive calls. No cost so far for incoming or outgoing calls to the US. One caveat: you may need to do the initial config either in the US or when on a US VPN. The internets have more detail on that.

For us, its been a great setup - we actually were able to use this to keep our former US home phone number, so family and friends can call for free and didn't even have to update phone numbers.
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