How SIP Trunk Providers Can Save Your Business Money

A SIP trunk is the direct connection of an Internet telephony service provider, or ITSP, to an organization. This configuration offers a less expensive and much simpler way to upgrade, design, manage, and operate services. ITSP’s provide considerable savings for services such as long distance calling, line extension, and multimedia conferencing. Investing in SIP can offer a fast and extensive return on investment for any organization. It is important to note that aside from VoIP calls, a … [Read more...]

Stay Connected On the Go with Virtual PBX on Your Mobile Phone

Mobile phone ownership is growing as fast as the technology that helps to produce them. The mobile phone has gone from a device that simply enabled people to communicate with each other when away from their fixed lines, to something that actually helps them to run their lives. One of the biggest changes has been in the areas in which mobile phones have proved to be not only useful but essential. No longer are they handy simply for keeping in touch with friends and family; now they are so … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Most Common Questions About VoIP

Internet phone calling has swept the nation in popularity. That’s because residential and business-class Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers blow traditional telephony out of the water by offering more free features and a higher audio quality, with a much lower price tag. In contrast to it’s popularity, many people still have questions about VoIP and Internet calling. If anything, the increased “buzz” about Internet phone calling has raised even more questions than it … [Read more...]

Improve Your Workflow with these Unique VoIP Features

A recent Pepsi commercial features a man who is constantly presented with extravagant gifts, but who replies only, “And?” each time. In a way, the man is representative of this generation: people don’t just want to know the basics, but rather what extra features are available. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as expensive as a car, or cheap as a phone service with VoIP, most people want as many bells and whistles as possible. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is the … [Read more...]

VoIP for Travel

With cheap international rates, mobile apps, and facetime chat, VoIP technology is an ideal choice for travelers going on quick trips or long voyages. VoIP (“Voice over Internet Protocol”) is the means to make phone calls over the Internet instead of the traditional way of making phone calls through landlines or cellular towers. As long as the user is traveling to a place with Internet access, then they have the ability to stay connected to their family and friends back … [Read more...]

Megapath’s New Speed Test Plus Is a Valuable Free Tool for VoIP Users

Megapath's Speed Test Plus

Every serious VoIP user has at one time or another tested his or her downstream and upstream bandwidth to see if there's a problem. Sometimes (though rarely at today's typical broadband speeds), a bottleneck large enough to affect voice conversations is pinpointed through such a test. But several other internet connectivity factors can have an impact on VoIP quality. Megapath, one of the major independent internet service providers in the U.S., has updated its popular internet speed Speed … [Read more...]

Bill Simon’s Free SIP-to-XMPP Gateway Easily Puts Google Voice on Your VoIP Phone


Unless you're an adventurous VoIP tinkerer, there is no easy do-it-yourself approach to getting Google Voice to work over an IP phone's unused line. Obihai Technologies series of Obi telephone adaptors allow you to easily use a basic analog phone with Google Voice, but some contortion is required to use an Obi with an IP phone, and even then it may not work. You can follow our guide to rigging an OBi together with Cisco SPA-series IP phones (or Polycom phones as Voxilla member "Priller" … [Read more...]

Discouraged by Voxalot’s Planned Shutdown? PBXes Can Help

The announced shutdown at year's end of the popular Voxalot SIP account aggregation service due to "rising costs of operation" has left many VoIP enthusiasts searching for an alternative. Though finding a direct replacement for the easy-to-use Voxalot is difficult, one service,, comes very close. Both Voxalot and allow advanced VoIP users to combine separate accounts on a virtual server (or, in the currently popular vernacular, the "cloud") so that user-authored dial … [Read more...]

How To: OBify Your IP Phone (No Asterisk Involved)


Do you have an extra line sitting empty on that IP phone on your desk? Here's an idea for it: Use it to make and receive Google Voice calls by linking it to an OBi110. Setting up an IP phone-OBi connection will also allow you to dial other OBi users directly and easily give the IP phone incoming and outgoing access to a PSTN line — including regular landline emergency 911 calling — with no other hardware needed. Follow along, and you will: Have incoming calls to your … [Read more...]

How To: Use Google Voice and OBi for all your calls (free)

OBi110 inputs

Over the past few years, the VoIP do-it-yourself crowd has built — and shared with others — ingenious methods that give the trusty telephone greater power while driving down the price of its use. Most recently, some have focused much attention on getting Google Voice — and its free US and Canada calling and incoming telephone number (which Google has promised will continue to be free till 2012) — to work on any regular home phone. Until now, Google Voice on your phone … [Read more...]