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Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

stevegoddard14
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Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

Hi All,
Currently using a Linksys PAP2T with an analogue DECT handset - been working fine for a few years.
However, just got myself an iPhone 3GS and bought the Acronis Softphone app.
Is there any reason why I can't use both phones (not at the same time)?
I would like to use the Softphone just for outgoing calls. Will this mess-up the PAP2T at all?
Thanks,
Steve
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

There's no reason why you can't use both, EVEN at the same time!.
You can make 2 outgoing calls simultaneously I believe and for an incoming call then both phones will ring and the first to answer will get the call. I regularly use a softphone when away from home, leaving my Siemens C475IP connected at home, no problem.
It can be slightly confusing if I call home, since my home phone rings and the softphone also shows incoming call. When the home phone answers its fine.
stevegoddard14
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

Many thanks - that's good to know!
Steve
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

It's probably a bit late now since you say you've bought the Acronis softphone but there are softphones available as free apps.
One I've used the Windows version of successfully is 3CX  and its available for the Iphone here http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3cxphone-voip-sip-softphone/id392927995?mt=8
itsme
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

I use the 3CX on my ipod touch without any problems very good VoIP app.
As well as both phones ringing for incoming calls you can call from one phone to the other. I normally use the extension number so not sure it work for full STD number. Very useful if you are abroad as phoning home the calls will be free.
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I normally use the extension number so not sure it work for full STD number.

The gradwell systems ought to detect that the STD number is one of theirs and route as a sip call but, like you, I don't trust that and so use the sip:<extension>@sip.plus.net to force a sip->sip call.
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

Why not just the extension number? A 7 digit number is a lot easier to input.
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

I'm never sure if that will work properly so I always use the full sip URI. Since its in my contacts list I don't have to type it anyway.
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I use the 3CX on my ipod touch without any problems very good VoIP app.

I didn't realise you can use the iPod Touch as a VOIP phone - are you sure it's practical?
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I didn't realise you can use the iPod Touch as a VOIP phone - are you sure it's practical?

Sorry don't understand the comment.
FaceTime also work very well on the touch.
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

Well, the iPod isn't a phone - AFAIK it doesn't have the necessary hardware (no mic?) to be used as a phone.
I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong!
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HD video recording and FaceTime would be a waste of time if it did not have a mic. http://www.apple.com/uk/ipodtouch/
The sound quality of both earpiece/speaker and mic is better than most mobile phones.
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Re: Using Soft and 'Hard' Phones

Thanks - I'll give it a try when I can.  Smiley