Sipdroid allows you to use Android phone with almost any SIP provider. The calls are crystal clear even over a 3G network, likewise for a WLAN connection. The best part about Sipdroid is that it integrates into your phone, eliminating the need for a separate phone book. You simply use your Android contacts in the same way as if you were making a call over a cellular network. It’s really an amazing application that is stable and simple to use, with the potential to save you plenty of money.
There are a tonne of SIP providers out there, some may actually work without the use of http://pbxes.org – this wasn’t the case with my SIP provider. For example, Acanac gives you a telephone number and unlimited North American calling for only $9.99 CAD per month. I myself use SMSdiscount (click on download, then Linux, and then register (this way you don’t have to install anything to register)) to make calls, as it’s less than a penny per minute to make a long distance call; I don’t use my phone enough to justify the unlimited plan.
The only catch with Sipdroid is that you have to use http://pbxes.org to tunnel your VOIP calls. The service is free, but the set-up is a bit tricky. In the instructions below I’ll use smsdiscount.com as an example to help you get things going.
1. Create a smsdiscount.com account (in the case of smsdicount.com, pay first before calling or most of the payment options will disappear).
2. Set-up a pbxes.org account. Make sure to select the correct time zone, as this option also selects the appropriate data center.
3. Add a new extension, only add your name, extension (100 for example) and password.
4. Make sure to APPLY your settings now and when ever you click Submit.
5. Add a trunk, just enter a trunk name, your calleasy username, password and server (sip.poivy.com).
6. Add an outbound route, just enter a route name, select your trunk and enter your extension. Do not enter a password here.
7. Download Sipdroid: http://code.google.com/p/sipdroid/downloads/list (the Market version doesn’t have 3G calling enabled).
8. In Sipdroid enter your pbxes.org login name with your extension as your username (e.g. – hotweiss-100).
9. In Sipdroid enter your pbxes.org password.
10. In Sipdroid enter pbxes.org as the server, if not already entered.
11. Enable WLAN or 3G calling in settings.
12. Start making calls.