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Unread 09-08-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Anybody know of any FREE provider that allows you to call freephone numbers in Canada and USA ie, 888 and 800.

Thanks Paul

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Anybody know of any FREE provider that allows you to call freephone numbers in Canada and USA ie, 888 and 800.

Thanks Paul

Just force them through SipBroker directly.

From your VoXalot acct. dial *1800 or *1888 etc....
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Here is a list of SIP to PSTN termination providers offering free SIP termination to North American toll-free numbers, along with a format example of how to call 8005551212 (a fictitious number) using each.

*18005551212@fwd.pulver.com
18005551212@proxy01.sipphone.com
16416418005551212@sip.tollfreegateway.com
18005551212@tf.voipmich.com
18005551212@tollfree.sip-happens.com
8005551212@voiper.ipkall.com

Here I should mention something about caller-ID, because caller-ID can affect whether the call is completed normally.

As a general rule when a call is attempted, the termination provider will examine your caller-ID number (the "User ID" number of the calling SIP device) to see if it appears to be a valid NANPA number. If your caller-ID number does not appear to be a NANPA number then the provider will substitute one of their own numbers in place of your caller-ID number. Some SIP numbers that look like NANPA numbers (such as Gizmo5 1747xxxxxxx numbers) may be passed to the receiving end.

Typically, the receiving party's equipment will also examine the caller-ID number and will answer the call ONLY if the number is from an area code from which they wish to pay to receive calls. The result is that when calling some toll-free destinations through some providers, you will hear the phone ring but your call will not be answered. If this happens try placing the call through a different provider, or try changing your outbound caller-ID number to show a different NANPA area code.
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Anybody know of any FREE provider that allows you to call freephone numbers in Canada and USA ie, 888 and 800.

Thanks Paul
future-nine.com
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Anybody know of any FREE provider that allows you to call freephone numbers in Canada and USA ie, 888 and 800.
As another poster already mentioned, SIP Broker directly supports USA (and I think also Canada) toll free already. Just put an * in front of your normal (11-digit) dialing, to call these numbers from your VoXaLot account.

Or, you can simply let ENUM do the trick, as e164.org has ENUM lookups for several toll free areas (including the USA) already. So if you like, you can just let VoXaLot's ENUM lookup feature (a feature that is enabled by default in VoXaLot dial plans) do its trick, and you can make toll free calls "for free".

NOTE: Any approach you take to toll free calling, can easily be automated with VoXaLot's dial plans. For example the attached image shows how I setup VoXaLot (for a relative of mine) to send all "1-800-number" calls to SIP Broker for free call completion (similar dial plan entries were also done for 888, 877, and 866 numbers).
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Typically, the receiving party's equipment will also examine the caller-ID number and will answer the call ONLY if the number is from an area code from which they wish to pay to receive calls. The result is that when calling some toll-free destinations through some providers, you will hear the phone ring but your call will not be answered. If this happens try placing the call through a different provider, or try changing your outbound caller-ID number to show a different NANPA area code.
It doesn't prevent calls from outside the country though, while other countries may do so. When I call USA from the UK, there is an announcement that the call is not toll-free from outside the United States, but it still rings
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Betamax brands seem to vary. Justvoip was free earlier this year for calls to USA and UK freephone numbers, even the UK one when I had no freedays; it might be worth trying with no credit. On the other hand, I've read comments that other brands are a cent a minute even with freedays, and I think Voipcheap charged me
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Guys, why bother with free services when there are high quality commercial ones that offer free North American "toll free" calls with no gimmicks? If I'm not mistaken, when I first tried toll-free on Future Nine I had zero balance, which means... that one doesn't have to put any money in it. Quality and reliability is excellent.

== I'm not affiliated with them in any way - just a happy customer.
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I have opened an account at future-nine.com and plan on taking my business there as soon as my voip.ms balance is gone. Even though I have not yet funded my future-nine account I can call toll free North American numbers. Note that future-nine requires authentication to make a toll free call, whereas none of the providers on my list above require authentication.
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When I set up my ATA to register at the Future Nine proxy it re-registers every 3 minutes. Each registration requires multiple SIP packets. Each registration uses just over 4000 bytes of bandwidth. This works out to 58 megabytes monthly.

I am wondering if 58 MB monthly is enough to impact someone on measured Internet service?
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When I set up my ATA to register at the Future Nine proxy it re-registers every 3 minutes. Each registration requires multiple SIP packets. Each registration uses just over 4000 bytes of bandwidth. This works out to 58 megabytes monthly.

I am wondering if 58 MB monthly is enough to impact someone on measured Internet service?
It's about 20 jpg pictures from my camera

If your cap is 200Mb then yes, if it's 250Gb then no
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