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Dear all,

I have a Polycom IP300 VoIP phone. Can I use it instead of the X-Lite software phone?

Many thanks,
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glloyd
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Following on from above - Does anyone know of a hardware phone that will work with PlusTalk?
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CISCO 7960

I am trying it over the next few days, I will let people know....
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Voip Phone

I have just set up my Voip Phone I use with SKYPE and it would appear to work really well - but only getting voice answer boxes so far.

Graham
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Just decided I would spend some time looking at this service.

Anyone know if you can use a VoIP Phone (handset) rather than the software? if so what hardware do you use / have you tried?

I would really like to give this a go with a 'standard' handset, if successful I will convert friends and family Cheesy
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I use my xbox live headset for this too work. Its great
edrandall
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I have just ordered one of these, which is both SIP and Skype compatible.
I'll let you know how it works...

http://www.edirectory.co.uk/pf/pages/moreinfoa.asp?Shopcart=1&Table=Product&RecordID=3101866
powernumpty
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My Grandstream GXP2000 seems to log on and works well with other SIP providers (handles up to four accounts)

I'm lending it out for a few days for someone else to try so when its back I'll call / take calls from anyone who wants to check the audio out.

Build quility is OK and the software keeps getting more features.
Luciano
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My Grandstream GXP2000 seems to log on and works well with other SIP providers (handles up to four accounts)

I'm lending it out for a few days for someone else to try so when its back I'll call / take calls from anyone who wants to check the audio out.

Build quility is OK and the software keeps getting more features.


Out of interest have you used 'Voipfone' with the GXP 2000? I have two Sipgate accounts and two Voipfone accounts setup and the Voipfone accounts continuosly unregister themselves from the provider, usually overnight. I will try my newly aquired PlusTalk account tonight though I am not quite sure how you call a sip account using the GXP phone I use mine for landline calls at the moment.

Lou
powernumpty
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I haven't tried voipfone.

To dial another sip service (other than Plustalk) there is a preface like **353 (Blueface) **768 (sipgate) etc. then just the users service number (not an external dial in number).

to call Plustalk from another sip provider you would use a code like above but it may be in the form 00786 or 000555, all depends on the service.

I did start to do cross reference of codes between providers but got bored.

I think Plus need to do a page that lists all the current peers and the codes outgoing and incomming. (If there is not already one)

When the phone returns I may sign up for a few others to test.
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cassilis how did that phone work out? I have seen it and am interested.
edrandall
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Phone good, PlusTalk useless

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cassilis how did that phone work out? I have seen it and am interested.


That phone is well-made, and first thoughts are that its going to be just great;

Unfortunately the recommended PlusTalksoftware locks up and crashes
my PlusNet-supplied Solwise router. I've read in other threads about their
despicable attitude to this problem; I tried a couple of other bits of free SIP
softphone software and got the same results with them too. (Can't remember
which I tried exactly, browse the list at http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/index.php?page=VOIP+Phones )
So there's possibly something "heavy" that the SIP protocol does which the SAR-110 can't cope with.

So, it hurts me to admit it, being the open-standards Unix person
that I am, but I eventually gave up on crappy PlusTalk and the
ridiculous SIP protocol and installed Skype instead.
Only one port to open up on the router; No crashes; No problems whatsoever.
Calls are loud and clear; It just worked immediately.

Basically the phone appears as a USB audio device and can be selected
in Skype for microphone, speakers and ringing device. The display shows
call elapsed time and a few other things. When you pick up the handset it
activates the Skype window on the PC. You can use the up/down button on
the phone to scroll through your Skype contacts and the Send button then calls
them.

I see there's an alternative standard to SIP developed by developers, IAX,
I'll try that one day if I can be bothered. But there's less motivation because
I've set up Skype now and it just works!

PlusNet (and others), take note: YOU NEED TO MAKE IT JUST WORK
OUT-OF-THE-BOX OR IT'LL NEVER CATCH ON!!!!!

If I was up for spending more money I might buy a new VOIP-capable
router with a standard telephone socket on it so I could use a normal
phone handset without having to leave the PC on, but frankly I've already
spent money on a router and considerable time securing it, setting
up packet filtering etc, and I don't see why I should have to spend more
because the software in it is defective. PlusNet should set up a test-line
in their office, find out what the problem is and pressure SolWise to issue a fix.

Ed
Luciano
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I have a Grandstream GXP 2000 sip hard phone and a USB phone purchased at http://www.voiptalk.org which sounds similar to the one mentioned in this thread all running through an Intertex IX66 router which is sip aware. I have tried Sipgate, Voipfone, and Voiptalk all of which work fine bar a problem with Voipfone where the sip hardphone keeps unregistering itself every now and then. I also have Skype which works fine. I have tested the USB phone with Sipgate and Voipfone via Xlite and it works fine.

I also cannot get PlusTalk to work through the sip phone or via Xlite (using the instructions provided by PlusNet). Also the PAYG charges are not the best around. For International calls Voipfone and Skype appear to be the best and for local calls Voipfone and Sipgate.

Lou