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cloud phone systemToday it is not unheard of to have your telephone The Best Sites for Making International Telephone Calls The Best Sites for Making International Telephone Calls Read More service on the Internet.  With today’s broadband offerings and the Internet companies getting into the telephony business, unlimited calling is almost the norm.  In fact, I find it funny that back in the day (and still today) the telephone companies were the ones who got into the Internet game.  Now the cable and Internet companies are in the telephony game.  Hmm.

Anyhow, if you have a good Internet connection, you actually have some free or cheap options.  One of those options that has been popular is Skype.  I’m here to tell you that you ought to try out a service called Sipgate and I have a few reasons.

1.  Make Calls From Your Computer (Even Via Google Voice)

With Sipgate, you can make calls from your computer.  They give you a phone number (hopefully a local one) and you go from there.  Incoming calls are free and that’s a clincher.

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Outgoing calls are not free but very reasonable.  Don’t worry though because apparently you can attach your Google Voice number and call out for free that way.

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Check out this article walking you through the process but the idea is simple.  Once you figure out how to attach the numbers, dial out from Google Voice which will ring your free Sipgate number, answer the call using your Sipgate number, and the phone will ring the person you are calling.  It works the other way too (receive calls to your Google Voice number via your Sipgate phone).  Such a cloud phone service is truly a marvel of free telephony.

2.  Send & Receive Free Faxes

Working from home is good but since I don’t have a landline phone number, I have never invested in a fax machine.  With Sipgate, that issue is done away with.  I can send and receive free faxes all from my computer.  In fact, having this ability also cuts down on the paper waste of junk faxes.

There are several options as to how to put together your faxes.  You can design it like a cloud phone service or upload a PDF to fax.  Oh, and you can also set faxes to be sent at whatever time you like.

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It’s a win-win situation, if you ask me.  And it’s free to boot.

3.  Make It Work With Any Phone (Standard, VoIP, Or Computer)

Who wants to give up the old school landline phone they’ve been using all these years?  Sipgate will work with that phone so don’t worry.  In fact, Sipgate offers some flexibility in this area.  You can use your old phone (with the appropriate converter), you can use a SIP phone, VoIP, or a soft phone.  Or you can use your computer.

Sipgate doesn’t sell any of these soft, VoIP, or SIP phones but they do have a list of suggested phones for you.  Aren’t they nice to do that?

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Not only can you make and receive calls for free (if done right and you have an Internet connection), but you can also make and receive faxes for free and even help save the trees by cutting down on printed junk faxes.

What online cloud phone services do you use in order to save money on telephony?  Do you have another service for sending and receiving free faxes?  Please share in the comments.

  1. TKO
    September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    http://www.nettalk.com makes a device that is called a NETTALK DUO that looks like magic jack but the device works with or without a computer it sells for $69.95 and that includes a one year of phone service, $29.95 each year after.

  2. TKO
    September 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    http://www.nettalk.com makes a device that is called a NETTALK DUO that looks like magic jack but the device works with or without a computer it sells for $69.95 and that includes a one year of phone service, $29.95 each year after.

    • timmyjohnboy
      September 5, 2010 at 6:26 am

      Interesting.

  3. Andrew Jordan
    August 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Forgot about Mjack you can't fax.It don't work. Lastly I agree with the take a chill pill, it's only a phone service Thanks for the heads TYimmyjohnboy! You are sentenced to write more of these!

  4. yuregininsesi
    August 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

    yeah I was going to say the same thing. No CA numbers and no alternatives offered either. maybe at a later time... My magicjack already has at least anothe 7-8 months left on it.

  5. Johnston
    July 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    poorly researched article! not only were they not open at the time it was published, they don't give free faxing.
    http://twitter.com/sipgate/sta...

  6. Johnston
    July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    poorly researched article! not only were they not open at the time it was published, they don't give free faxing.
    http://twitter.com/sipgate/statuses/18776231717

    • timmyjohnboy
      July 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      In my defense, they were only out of numbers AND on the front page of their site they say they offer free faxing.

      • timmyjohnboy
        July 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

        Oh, and on the sipgate one info page it states that fax sending capabilities are free, at least how it is written.

  7. Birkenstock
    July 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    hope it works on my cellphone.

  8. timmyjohnboy
    July 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Perhaps being mentioned by a few large blogs gave them more traffic than anticipated:)

  9. Mark O'Neill
    July 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Guys, take a chill pill. It looks like the company just underestimated demand and temporarily ran out of numbers. If you check back with them in a few days, I'm sure they will have more to hand out to you all.

  10. samaparicio
    July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    At Ringio we also offer a virtual pbx service (and we are accepting signups ;-)

    Our twist is that we focus on making phone calls better, not just cheaper. For example, you get a history of all the calls from the person who is calling you, and any note you may have written about prior conversations.

  11. fruitgeek.wordpress.com
    July 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    MagicJack sounds like the best one to me...
    ...does anyone know if it is actually as good as it sounds??

  12. fruitgeek.wordpress.com
    July 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    MagicJack sounds like the best one to me...
    ...does anyone know if it is actually as good as it sounds??

    • Vic
      July 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

      Writing from Canada. I have a MagicJack and am quite happy with it! Do some online research about the service, and see if you can find reviews.

    • Andrew Jordan
      August 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      I've had magic jack for nearly 2 years and love it.I had Vonage before and Magic Jack is 100 times better. Call Quality is great, integration,etc very good.I jack it into line 3 on a 4 line Panasonic Biz phone. Occasionally it will cut off after 30 mins continuous time. What I really like is going to the UK plugging and I'm calling the States as though I'm in the States.

  13. Kris
    July 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like they are not allowing new signups, and haven't since April? It's counterproductive to make a blog post about something we can't have....

    • timmyjohnboy
      July 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      I apologize for the typo. The tweet was posted on JULY 9th NOT April 9th.

  14. timmyjohnboy
    July 14, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Just checked on it and they are saying to keep an eye on their Twitter stream. The latest was posted on July 9th saying "New numbers will become available early next week. Please, stay tuned."

  15. Mike
    July 14, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Great piece, will have to check out Sipgate. We just started using Ringio (link below), which does just about everything Google Voice does, but also is completely integrated with Google Contacts - for us, that means our small business has serious call center functionality at an SMB price. Thanks again for the post...

    http://www.ringio.com

  16. Mike
    July 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Great piece, will have to check out Sipgate. We just started using Ringio (link below), which does just about everything Google Voice does, but also is completely integrated with Google Contacts - for us, that means our small business has serious call center functionality at an SMB price. Thanks again for the post...

    http://www.ringio.com

  17. Prymetyme99
    July 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Too bad there are not allowing any new signups. Bummer!!!

    • Helnes
      July 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      Agree...

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

        At Ringio we also offer a virtual pbx service (and we are accepting signups ;-)

        Our twist is that we focus on making phone calls better, not just cheaper. For example, you get a history of all the calls from the person who is calling you, and any note you may have written about prior conversations.

    • Ragmack
      July 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Sipgate has new numbers and are now allowing new signups. But only numbers for the following states: AZ, CA, NV , OR , UT and WA

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