Yes, you read it right. Cheap/free calls to and from India. It's possible and 100% legal. No, this is not a scam. So, where's the catch?
You do need to make an initial investment on some hardware and get a (reliable) broadband provider in India. I am assuming the audience to this blog is in the USA [although they can be anywhere], so I am going to mention US specific VOIP providers.
Here's what you need:
Free calls from India to the US and vice versa:
- An unlocked VOIP ATA [Analog Telecphone Adapter] - I would recommend any of the Sipura devices [http://www.sipura.com]. You can buy them at Voxilla. For basic use, a Sipura 1001 is sufficient although an ATA with a built router would make setup easier. There are also other devices out there in the market such as the Grandstream Handytone.
- An account with Free World Dialup [FWD]-> http://account2.freeworlddialup.com/index.php?section_id=94. Once you sign up, you will receive an e-mail from FWD with your account number. You don't need the communicator software that Pulver provides.
- Setup the ATA using the FWD dialup info. Use the following settings:
- Username: FWD Number
- Password: FWD Password
- Domain: fwd.pulver.com
- SIP Proxy: fwd.pulver.com:5060
- STUN server: stun.fwdnet.net:3478 (Phone must be STUN enabled)
- Outbound Proxy: fwdnat.pulver.com:5082
- Listen RTP Port: 8000
- Listen SIP Port: 5060
Cheap calls from India:
- An unlocked VOIP ATA [Analog Telecphone Adapter] - I would recommend any of the Sipura devices [http://www.sipura.com], which is now owned by Linksys. You can buy these devices from Voxilla -> http://store.voxilla.com/voip-categories/fxs/ . For basic use, a Sipura 1001 is sufficient although an ATA with a built router would make setup easier.
- An account with a prepaid VOIP provider AKA a pay as you go provider. I can recommend Vitely.net -> http://www.vitelity.net
- Now you can make outgoing calls to anyone in the US at about 1.5 cents a minute. You can purchase an incoming number also known as a DID from the same service provider. Vitelity.net charges a monthly fee of $1.50 for a DID.