Note: This document is out of date! It tells you about how to use VoipBuster via the IAX protocol – but VoipBuster no longer supports this protocol. And I no longer use VoipBuster. VoipBuster can now be used from your computer using the SIP protocol -see http://www.voipbuster.com/en/sip.html. Also might find this fellow helpful: http://mega.ist.utl.pt/~jmfv/VOIPBUSTER_Linux.html
You won’t get any help by asking me any questions about this – I’ve never used it! I leave this page here just for historical interest – maybe it’ll be of use to someone, somehow…
Last update of this document: 11th July 2005
French translation available at: http://play.m0k.org/index.php?2005/04/20/122-voipbuster-on-mac-os-x-linux-free-bsd-free-phone
Italian translation available at: http://gift.altervista.org/index_ita.php?section=30
For some months now this page has been top on Google when you search for “IAX Linux”, which is interesting…
VoipBuster Homepage: http://www.voipbuster.com
Reasons to use VoipBuster:
- Free calls to landlines to many European countries (also US)!
- If you buy credit (for non-free calls), you get a free inbound number.
- Uses IAX protocol – “just works” from behind NAT/firewalls.
Currently, VoipBuster is in beta. When they’ve finished the Windows version, they say they’ll produce a Linux version. For the moment, though, you’ll need to use something different. As they use the IAX protocol, there are a few choices for clients. Maybe when they come out of beta, free calls will end; but they haven’t announced their long-term plans yet.
Who are VoipBuster?
- They are: Finarea SA, Po Box 5648, Lugano 6901,
Switzerland, telephone +41 91 9335412
- They are the same company as is behind https://www.call18866.co.uk
– providing cheap calls from landline telephones in the UK. If you sign
up with them, make sure that when you hand over your credit card
details you are secured. When I signed up they had errors on their
website such that you were presented with a credit card form not sent
secured (over https) – fix this by changing the URL from http to https
(this was in April 2005).
If you don’t know what this means, find a technically-minded friend who
- At least some of their programmers and support are working
from the Netherlands; their VoIP server is currently in Germany… so we
have a Swiss company with workers in Holland providing telephone
services to the UK from Germany… we live in a small world!
- Don’t send the VoipBuster contacts questions about 18866 or 1899
– they are the same company, but please respect their mode of operation.
- I have no connection with these companies, apart from using
- You don’t need to read this document. Just go to http://www.voipbuster.com
use their provided program.
- The current Windows binary doesn’t work under the latest Wine (at 24th May 2005). So don’t try! However, I have received a report that it does work with CrossOver Office 4.2 – at least as far as the point where you create your username and password.
- You’ll need to install and run on Windows once in order to set up a username/password. Maybe they’ll make this possible from the website
- I recommend the IAX client (a.k.a. soft phone) “Kiax” – get
I did some of the
work on packaging RPMs. They have static binaries, RPMs and .debs
available. Kiax is a pure Qt application – that is, it doesn’t require
KDE to work, despite the “K” at the beginning. If you don’t know what
that means, don’t worry about it!
run kiax through
artsdsp – it will cause latency which makes it unusable for normal
usage. If you don’t know what artsdsp is, then don’t worry about it –
in the default, you’re not using it.
- To call, you will need to use full international dialling
e.g. for the UK, 0044 followed by the area code (minus the leading 0)
followed by the rest of the number.
- Kiax 0.8.4 and later, you can integrate into your address
program (e.g. kabc / kontact) to do direct dialing (but not yet to
actually import that address book into Kiax itself). Command line
syntax is: “kiax dial [–account-id] –extension <extension>”.
- In Kiax (or whatever IAX client you use), use the
username/password you set up in 2., together with iax server
“iax.voipbuster.com”. In the audio settings, just play with them and
use whatever works best for you! For the codec, U-Law needs 64kbps; the
others need less. Voipbuster’s Windows client apparently needs 128kpbs,
so they must be using a codec not available in Kiax (and other
iaxclient-based softphones). For the caller id, put in whatever you
Mac OS X / Solaris / FreeBSD:
- See the first two points for “Linux”, above.
- I recommend the IAX client iaxcomm from http://iaxclient.sourceforge.net/iaxcomm/.
There are only binaries provided for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows – so
for FreeBSD / Solaris you will probably need to compile the source
states that it will run on
FreeBSD / Solaris.
- See 5. for “Linux”, above.
- The IAX server to configure your client with is
- VoipBuster – http://www.voipbuster.com
- Kiax (IAX Linux client) – http://kiax.org
- IaxComm (IAX Windows/Linux/Mac OS X/FreeBSD/Solaris client)
- Call18866 (calls from UK landlines) : https://www.call18866.co.uk
- Call1899 (calls from UK landlines): https://www.call1899.co.uk
- Dialwise (calls at cheap rates via dialling 0844): http://www.dialwise.co.uk/
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