Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by mills23, Mar 2, 2010.
Is there an app for this that you dont have to be a smartie to use? There's To much involved in it.
Skype Lite Beta - depends which OS you have though. Try searching the market for "skype"
I looked in the market for it and it wasn't there. I'm wanting to use the wifi from my droid to make calls.
Skype is gone from android, they pulled it just recently with no indication of coming out with a new one... other applications you can use to sign into your skype account are:
- fring: can only call skype contacts and cant use a dialpad during a call if you need to navigate through a few menus
- nimbuzz: can only call skype contacts and can use a dialpad during a call
Both of these options have serious lag problems but if I had to pick one it would be nimbuzz. IMO its a much better option to google "how to set up gizmo5 and google voice" in order to make free calls...
For a pure VOIP app try SIPDroid.
I tried that one and it is tooo complicated to get set up for my little brain. I am more of a draw it out in black and white person. lol
Plus getting it to work with Skype is a pain as you need to have your PC running for it to work.
Sipdroid's the best one, certainly although it does take quite a bit of configuration. There's a fairly decent guide at Get Sipdroid to work with any SIP provider on your Android phone See This, Now Read This for setting it up with pbxes.org voip.
Still Skype is close to impossible to use and the OP asked about VOIP, which is not the same as SIP.
VoIP is a generic term for any method you use to push voice calls around over the Internet. SIP is a protocol used to set up and manage calls that is almost universally used by companies who provide VoIP services, so much so that many people refer to them as "SIP providers."
Anyway, for mills23: If you have the right information from your SIP provider, SIPDroid isn't difficult to set up. You just plug a few things into a few of the settings and off you go.
Where do I get the right info?
In order to get Skype working onit you need to have an app running on your PC connected to the internet, which completely defeats the purpose of having it.
I am just looking for a easy and free way to use my cell to make and receive calls using my wifi because I don't get service in my house. I thought sipdroid would work but I can't get it set up right.
If you're looking to have your phone work as it does in places where you do have good service (i.e, you want people to be able to call you on your mobile number and have your phone ring), VoIP isn't going to solve that problem. T-Mobile has a solution that works over WiFi; for Sprint or Verizon you need a gadget called a network extender, and for any other carrier, you're out of luck.
As for the free part, there's no such thing as a free lunch. SIP providers and Skype offer free calls if you're connecting to another user who's also connected to the Internet, because it costs them almost nothing. Both charge by the minute for connecting to the public phone network (that is, the numbers you'd normally be calling).
Your VoIP provider should give you the information when you sign up or point you at a page on their web site that has it. It should include:
Your VoIP phone number. This will be a ten-digit "real" phone number like 7035551212 if your plan includes incoming service or a seven-digit "virtual" phone number like 5551212 if it doesn't.
The login name for your account. Many times this is the same as your VoIP phone number.
Your password, which you probably set when you signed up.
The name of the SIP server to use, (e.g., sip.voip-company.com).
For SIPDroid, you go to Settings -> SIP Account Settings and plug and plug in the appropriate items above for Authorization Username, Password, Server and Username/Caller ID. You can leave Domain, Port and Protocol alone.
The only other thing you may want to do is go to Settings -> Call Options and tell it to use WiFi and not 3G or EDGE (your cell phone's data plan).
Hope that helps.
I looked in my call settings and I don't have that last option.
You may have an older version of SIPDroid which had a bunch of the options crammed into one screen.
Where do I get the latest version?
Search for it in the Android Market. If you have it installed, your phone should notify you when there are updates. There have been several in the last month or two.