VOIP Solution For Remote Group

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Fri Mar 24 12:53:50 MDT 2017

You've got lots of options.

Asterisk could do what you're asking, but with a lot more maintenance. And
you'd still need a voip carrier to provide you with numbers and
termination. So while I never say no to Asterisk, recognize it would be a
lot of time to set it up.

I would steer you to try out Hangouts or Skype, something like that. For
example with Hangouts you could do voice or video chat internally. You can
create ad-hoc or scheduled conferences, with the option of adding phone
participants. If you want people to be able to dial in, add an Uber
Conference. And Google Voice can provide you with a phone number that can
forward to your cell, or use the Hangouts mobile app. The tradeoff is
selling your soul to Google.

There are also loads of hosted PBX providers out there. Loads and loads.
You can typically pay between $5 and $50/month per line for that, depending
on what features you get. A service I use and recommend is Avoxi.

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Matt plug.org <matt.plug.org at gmail.com>

> Pluggers,
> I'm part of an independent 3-man operation, and we all work from our
> respective homes.  We're looking for a good solution for VOIP to: easily
> make "internal" calls to each other, have some sort of conference/multi-way
> call to include all of us plus customers, and do some forwarding to cell
> phones when we can't answer on the home/VOIP connection.
> Budget is a big concern here, considering it comes straight out of our
> pockets.  Is there some good hardware (even used or refurbished) that would
> do what we need?  Recommendations for a reliable service provider?  Would
> asterisk or freeswitch be helpful here at all?
> Thanks for any help on this; it's a world that I don't know much about.
> Matt
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