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Topic # 5829 30-Nov-2005 11:56
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This probably has been discussed here before but I need some details.

Being a cheapskate :) and a tech influenced person, I want to do the below.
Call India free of charge on mobiles through Skype (or any other software available for that matter).

This is what my plan is:
Call Vod-Vod Mobile connected through bluetooth to my PC (and Skype). Skype makes a PC call to Skype member. Other end, PC connected to mobile calls another mobile and voila...

Quality might not be a big concern 'coz the telco cards route calls through IP anyway.

My call to Vod mobile connected to my PC is free. Same on the other end.
I can use a bluetooth dongle to connect mobile-PC.

Question is...What interface/software would I be using for my mobile to talk to Skype?
And can it be done? What issues can there be?
Has anyone done it before?

Would I be saving money in any other solution?

Suggestions please!!

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Reply # 24428 8-Dec-2005 12:34
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Hi Suvneet,

Im also from India,currently in NZ. I was also thinking about making calls to india cheap or free.Ok,ive come across this project called Asterix@Home. Its a software solution to make voip calls.All u need is an old pc to run the software and a PSTN-PC interface card(which i think is hard to come buy in NZ). U can have more info from

The basic concept from my understanding is if u've the same setup at both ends, a call u make from a landline here goes onto the internet,reaches the destination and breaksout onto the landline at the destination.

If interested or if anyelse is interested pls drop me a msg


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Reply # 24472 9-Dec-2005 10:44
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First of all i used INdia as second country for an example only. THis can be achieved with any countries..

Thanks for your reply. Its quite a read and interesting too. I guess it wouldnt be much hassle here in NZ (except for getting the PSTN card).
I am a little skeptical about the feasibiliy of the complete system, however, for a home use scenario, considering that it would involve config of server/PC at the other end as well (non-techo, indian or any other country for that matter).
Although having said that, it would be a handy tool for multiple office scenario locally or internationally and full kudos to who are developing this.

Right now I would rather stick to skype (PC-PC) coz of its ease of use.

my search continues... I know there are geeks out there who have this working :)

Mail me with your details if you currently use this here/india/any other country.

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Reply # 24490 9-Dec-2005 13:34
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Hi again,

Ya india was just an example.Theres another couple of products i came across today,like a VoIP DSL Modem/Router,VoIP skype phone. You can goto and do a search for Voip and you'll see what im talking about.

These things are easier to set up and u dont need a dedicated pc,but slighty more expensive.


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Reply # 24492 9-Dec-2005 13:59
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I am aware of Skype phone, although being $199 (at, its a bit expesive to be used on both sides. Plus if I am at home I would rather sit on the PC or get a wireless mic to talk via PC-PC skype.
THere are some other products in the market ( device for PSTN and SIP calls) which are cheaper than the Skype phone. Havent seen them in NZ though

The thing of interest to me is how to do a mobile-mobile call over skpye free of cost... call whenever you want and wherever you are. I am sure vodafone doesnt allow you to run skype or anything VoIP (but i could be wrong)..... not a good business decision anyway to let go the market...

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Reply # 24493 9-Dec-2005 14:13
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Dont know if this is what you want.

Bit expensive but have a look

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