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UPC Cablecom Phone via PC?

I would like to use my PC to make (possibly receive) calls on my UPC Cablecom landline, where I have the global bundle for free calls to just about any landline I regularly use.

I can only think of digging out an old voice modem, but pretty sure a) I threw my last one away about 10 years ago, b) it wouldnt fit a new motherboard. Plus I seem to remember this was pretty clunky back when.

Alternative would be to switch to a full VOIP solution, but since the analogue telephony and cable TV only cost 25chf a month on top of the 100mbps internet, I think this would end up costing more.

For numbers that are very expensive via Cablecom eg a regular conf call to South Africa, mobile numbers etc I might fall back on Skype or GoogleVoice.

Any clever thoughts welcome... Ive googled for an hour or so without finding too much inspiration.
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Old 27.11.2012, 16:35
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Re: UPC Cablecom Phone via PC?

Why do you want the calls to go via the PC? Why not adopt the simplest, cheapest solution, and just buy a telephone to plug into the wall?
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Re: UPC Cablecom Phone via PC?

Yep I have those too, but would quite like to use my nice Logitech cordless headphones/speakers and dial from the Outlook address book.

I'm aware I could do both those with a swanky new DECT phone, which would be a second option.

Meanwhile I think the solution might lie in downgrading cablecom package and reinvesting the 25chfs saved in a VOIP solution. Off to read the numerous threads on those.

Still curious if there's a neat technical solution though.
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Old 27.11.2012, 17:51
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Re: UPC Cablecom Phone via PC?

As speculated it seems to make more sense to downgrade cablecom package from power-combi to top-deal, thus saving 25chfs and keeping a landline for EMS numbers/backup, and getting a switzernet number or two.

Now I'm being hard of understanding exactly what permutations I can have with switzernet bearing in mind we want to use the service for home office/roaming use and calls to family.

Happy to give my referral to the quickest comprehensive answer ;-)

1. I assume you need one number for each concurrent call. Since its 2chf per month for the second number it seems to make sense to get two.. one for each of us (ie one business dedicated, handset or PC access and roaming on my iphone, one for my wife (ie family calls and roaming on her iphone)

2. Bearing that in mind and fact we have a perfectly OK analogue dual handset. Does it make more sense to get the Linksys Adapter and/or the Gigaset Unit. What is the most logical "wiring diagram" for all this. PC, iPhonesx2, Cablecom line, and the 1 or 2 Switzernet numbers?
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