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Voice over IP (VoIP)

We operate a SIP to PSTN gateway service with global reach.

This service gives our customers the ability to place voice calls, over the Internet, to any phone number, anywhere, saving money in the process. For International calls, VoIP rates are generally 80 to 90 percent lower than rates from conventional phone companies.

There are at least three ways you can use this service:

  • Through the use of SIP phones and/or headsets combined with softphones.

    Good quality SIP phones are readily available (e.g., Linksys). While this puts a second phone on the desk, it allows you to incrementally increase your use of VoIP. For example, if you have employees who need to call China frequently then supplying them with a SIP phone would move you from perhaps an 80 cents a minute rate to our 3 cents a minute rate.

    Also, by using a USB headset with a softphone (e.g., eyeBeam from CounterPath) on their laptop, your remote sales crew can make VoIP calls, instead of expensive hotel room calls, typically from anywhere in the world.

  • At the PBX level.

    We install a device between your PBX and your phones lines (analog lines, channelized T1 or PRI) and program this device to route calls either out MainStreet VoIP or out the conventional path to the phone company. The calling plan can be as complex or simple as you like. For example, you could decide to route all international calls through MainStreet, or just a few select countries.

    This installation requires no changes on the desktop, and no changes in how you dial numbers. The end users do not even need to be aware that some of their calls are being routed over VoIP. This is also remarkably safe in the sense that a SIP call set-up failure will automatically, and quickly, roll over to your existing phone circuits.

  • Complete company-wide change to VoIP

    This involves changing everything from the phones to the PBX to take advantage of IP. We can help you design, acquire, and set-up such a system.

Please contact us to further explore these, or other, options for Voice over IP.


Rates(*) to various countries:

  • 2 cents/minute:

    Canada, eh!
  • 3 cents/minute:

    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK
  • 4 cents/minute:

    Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco
  • 5 cents/minute:

    Andorra, Bahamas, Brasil, Bulgaria, Lichenstein, Lithuania, Turkey, Macao, Mexico, Slovenia, Slovakia
  • 10 cents/minute:

    Albania, Algeria, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jordan, Peru
  • 15 cents/minute:

    Bahrain, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Ukraine
(*) Almost every country has much higher rates for mobile phones and/or other kinds of "Premium" lines. The rates above are generally for land-lines from the dominant telco(s).


 

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