Howdy BlackBerry fans!
Ever wanted to call anywhere in North America, or around the world on the
cheap , er… I mean inexpensively? Well, I’ve got you covered!
We here at UTB are growing rather nicely (thank you all very much) and a new forum member got me to thinking (rare occasion I know). Dear Mr. 9lives was wondering how to call overseas like Google Voice does.
We all know how professional BBM Voice is, the quality is unbeatable, even cross platform. But… we (at this time) cannot call landlines, cell phones etc. over the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). Maybe BlackBerry will monetize BBM with this some day.
Until then, here’s a service I found that seems to work rather nicely, thank you! Here’s a disclaimer up front BTW… I have no association with the apps and/or services mentioned in this article. I’m a phone guy by trade so I like to experiment and test various apps and phone systems. Let’s get started shall we?
We’re going to use an app called Taki which is a native app in BlackBerry World, and a service called Callcentric for this purpose. Both are easy to setup to get you going in short order. Note that there are many other apps and services available, I just picked these two.
First, go ahead and get yourself to Callcentric and sign up for a new account. I chose to use a “Pay as you go” account and put $5.00 in the kitty via PayPal in order to make outgoing calls. FYI, all Callcentric users can call each other for free, but there’s no PSTN access.
When you’ve created a new Callcentric account you will have received a new user ID/Callcentric number. Mine is 17772472301. Go ahead… call me… I won’t answer…
Anyway… Now that you have an account, you need an app to connect with that account! As previously stated, I chose Taki for this go around. Taki is a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) app for BB10. SIP is a protocol used for more than just VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), but that’s another blog…
We’re going to use this app to connect with the service we just subscribed to so that we can make outgoing calls to anywhere for rates that are similar or cheaper than we enjoy on our landlines or business plans.
Download and install Taki (the $1.99 is worth it for ease of use and features) and install it. Go to the “accounts” tab at the bottom to add an account for Callcentric. Add your name (doesn’t matter what you put there), your username (which is the number Callcentric gave you upon signup), your password (which you used to signup to Callcentric), and the domain (callcentric.com as shown).
If the number you are calling is local to you, you won’t need the “1” in front. If long distance, use the “1” in front. As an example (above) I’m dialling a dead Canadian number (talking Yellow Pages) I often use for testing. It needs the “1” on Callcentric.
So… all this came from an introductory post from our new member 9lives. Thank you sir! If you want to talk about this subject or any other SIP/VOIP subject, just hit me up in the forums here.