How To Make Cheap VOIP Calls Worldwide

Taki SIP app running on Callcentric service
Taki SIP app running on Callcentric service

 

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).

Taki Callcentric credentials
Taki Callcentric credentials

That’s it! Simple as that. Now you’re using VOIP on your BB10 phone to call anyone using SIP! Cool huh?

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.

VOIP on…

Canuckvoip out…

Canuckvoip

Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.

  • MePiikan LzBolaz

    Thanks for taking the time to research and write this up. I’m sure it will come in handy for others to use.

    Good job.

  • Brad

    Wow Dave! Very useful! This is something I know a lot of people can use!

  • Canuckvoip

    If this is an interesting topic, I’d be happy to share how I got hooked up to Google Voice, or how to get free phone numbers in the USA (I’m in Canada). Also various VOIP/SIP apps for BB10…

  • Omnitech

    Excellent How-To. This may be just what I need to finally get off my *ss and setup an account there.

    I have Callcentric in my mental shortlist of providers to sign up with and doodle with this, and I also noticed the Taki app for BB10, which seemed to be well-received, but I hadn’t actually downloaded and set it up yet.

    I actually bought a used full-size SIP phone from eBay to play around with SIP calling, but it fell by the wayside after I discovered some annoying idiosyncracies with it and it caused me to lose interest. (The learning curve re: all the subtleties of how SIP is implemented in various devices and how that interoperates with particular providers is not trivial, especially if the provider doesn’t provide specific instructions for the particular device you have)

    • Canuckvoip

      Thanks Omnitech! Give that eBay SIP phone another shot. Let me know how you get on with it in the forums, maybe I can help. Often the settings in the device are correct but your router needs a tweak.

  • Omnitech

    BTW, there are no settings to configure? I assume they have a profile for Callcentric already in that app?

    Because when I was messing around for this, there were configuration options for days…

    • Canuckvoip

      That’s one reason I chose Taki for the post. It just worked immediately without modification. Easy peasy!

  • G-bone

    Thank you, Canuckvoip.

    #IchooseBlackBerry10

    • Canuckvoip

      Most welcome G-bone! Let us know how you make out!

  • Really great canuckcoip! No doubt many of us will use this advice and input sooner or later. Excellent!

  • I feel responsible for leading you to write this :) Thanks a lot for the tip. I tried another SIP tool previously and it was damned difficult to figure out. Next chance I get, I’ll try this one out. Muchas thanks!

    • Canuckvoip

      Ha! Yeah 9lives, it was you all the way man!
      I hope it helps you get on the voip for your BlackBerry. It works a treat!
      Thanks for the idea for the post!

  • So I decided to give this a go. I see there’s a 911 tariff for using the service – 1.50 a month. That’s a bit steep. Looks like Call Centric have no choice though.

    • Canuckvoip

      Yes, I noticed that too 9lives. 911 is of course an important component of voice services. It makes sense if you’re using this service on a desktop at home, but is a little more cumbersome on a mobile device as you could be anywhere.
      Thanks for bringing this up.

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