How can I use my PC as a phone?

Roy March 5, 2011
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I currently have Comcast for my phone service and it is connected to my home phones through a single wall connection that in turn activates all other jacks in the house. Is there any way to also connect my PC into the system, so that I can answer the phone on my PC?

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  1. Lindajaussi
    June 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    What about google voice?  Will that work?

  2. IslandCoffee_75
    March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    There are a few voIP systems out there namely Skype, Magic Jack. You can go to http://www.Skype.com and download. Its free PC to PC calls , or you can get your own personalised number for PC to Landlines or Mobile phones.

    There are also Voice messaging, call forwarding attributes that come with Skype especially.

  3. Kyle
    March 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    What I use for my home phone is a service called magic jack that you can pick up at any Walmart or best buy. It is a little telephone jack that you plug into the USB port in your computer. When you sign up you get a phone number for people to call on. The first year of unlimited calling comes free with the purchase of the USB-phone converter and every year after is 20 dollars. I use it a's my main telephone line. Although my computer has to be on all the time it's much better than having to pay the phone company 30 bucks a month.

  4. Anonymous
    March 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hi
    You can start Windows Dialer.exe by going to:
    Windows--> Start--> Run-->
    Type in: dialer.exe in the Run input box. Then Enter.
    This will start Windows Dialer program.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958143

    Express Dial Telephone Dialer
    http://www.nch.com.au/dial/index.html

    Express Talk (SIP softphone)
    http://www.asteriskguru.com/tutorials/express_talk_sip_softphone.html

  5. Roy Rumaner
    March 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Since my NIC has a RJ-11 port along with the RJ-45 network port, do you think that plugging in a phone line would let the computer act as a receiver? I have a microphone and speakers so a headset would not be necessary. I am wondering what software would be required to make this work. I think it would be a lot easier to answer the phone by pushing a button on the computer than having to reach across my desk to grab the handset.

    • Mike
      March 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Connecting the Phone line to the RJ-11 port will enable the computer to receive the calls. The problem is finding the bridge between the modem card and the headset (a Software capable of answering and placing calls).

      You could try one of the following but I'm not sure if they (still) work.

      PhoneTray Dialup
      http://www.phonetray.com/phonetraydialup.htm

      Advanced Call Center
      http://www.voicecallcentral.com/

  6. Mike
    March 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    A very general guide is to get a Modem Card for your computer where you can plug in the telephone line and then use a compatible software to make phone calls using a headset.

    For example AVM offers this functionality with their AVM Fritz!Cards and the software that ships with it. But they only offer products for ISDN Telefone lines.
    Back when I had ISDN I used to run my own fli4l Router which would log all incoming phone calls while I was playing multiplayer games and didn't want to answer the phone. ;-)

    The most important part is that there need to be compatible TAPI drivers (Telephony-API) for the Modem Card. Otherwise no Software will be able to use it for Telephone services.

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