How to make landline call to another landline then out call long distance?

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by jt, Jan 21, 2005.

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    jt Guest

    Maybe this isn't viable.

    I would like to make a landline call to my home office that somehow once
    connected dial out long distance from my home office landline. Since, I have
    Unlimited domestic calling in US from my home office, it would be nice when
    I'm out at a local clients resident to make a call to my home and then call
    with from my home office number landline which us toll free.

    I hope I explained it correctly for you to understand what I am trying to
    think of doing.

    How can this be done?

    jt, Jan 21, 2005
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    jneiberger Guest

    You could get the free Asterisk IP PBX with two FXO ports to connect to
    two phone lines coming into your home. Configure it so that you can
    dial in on one line and then dial out long distance on the other using
    an access code.

    I'm not even sure that's possible but it sounds like a good idea. :)
    I'm sure someone with more experience than I have (that wouldn't be too
    difficult) will have a few better ideas.

    The is another nice benefit to my idea if you have this IP PBX
    connected to the Internet. If you are at another site that has
    high-speed Internet access you could dial into your home PBX using a
    softphone via IP instead of using a landline. That would be especially
    useful if you were out of town and needed to make a long distance call.
    jneiberger, Jan 21, 2005
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  3. I would like to make a landline call to my home office that somehow
    It's known as a call bridge.

    If your home office phone has three-way calling, check out the
    Ultimate Call Handler at You call in, punch in a
    security code and the number to call, it does a hook flash, calls the
    number, then flashes again to connect the two calls.

    That's the good news. The bad news is that it costs $190, which is a
    fair price for such a complex piece of equipment, but for the same
    price you could also buy 45 hours of calls on a typical 7 cpm calling
    card. If it were up to me, I'd get the calling card and use my phone
    when I was in the office.
    John R. Levine, Jan 21, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    "Three-way calling" is a feature of CallVantage VoIP service at a flat
    rate of $29/month, including long distance. It might not work as the OP
    wanted because it must be done manually from the home.
    Rick Merrill, Jan 21, 2005
  5. If your home office phone has three-way calling, check out the
    It oughta work. The Sandman box plugs in like a phone and does what a
    person would do to set up a three way call.
    John R. Levine, Jan 21, 2005
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    Ankur Shah Guest

    I second that, though I would have it setup to be all over IP, without
    the need for any FXO/FXS ports. IOW, you can "lease" a virtual number
    from any of the gazillion VOIP providers in the market today and have it
    terminate to your Asterisk box over IP. Once connected, you could
    configure asterisk to dial the outbound number using the "unlimited
    domestic calling plan" that you have and bridge the two calls together.

    Just make sure you have a reasonable authentication/authorization scheme
    in place so you don't turn yourself into a free-for-all CLEC.

    Now slap some billing hooks into the mix and you've got yourself a
    homegrown calling card solution! That said, you could just buy a calling
    card from me and avoid all the hassle (c; (

    -- Ankur
    Ankur Shah, Jan 21, 2005
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    Inco Warren Guest

    This is not exactly what you asked but (if you do not have call
    waiting or similar) you could use PC anywhere or other program to
    connect, from your clients computer (which supposedly is connected to
    the internet through a fast connection), to your computer which in
    turn has a voice modem connected to the landline.

    Inco Warren, Jan 30, 2005
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