Cheap or free calls via SIP

We're still making calls together. One of the methods is to use a SIP provider. That often saves - certainly in, to and from abroad - quite a lot of money.

If you stay within the EU during this holiday period, you can call and surf the internet with your mobile phone with peace of mind. After all, there are no extra costs associated with roaming, so enjoy yourself. It will be different if you go on holiday to a country outside the EU. That is, for example, Turkey and of course sunny Mexicooohooooooo. If you are going to use your smartphone there for calling and mobile internet, with a bit of bad luck you will run into a bill when you get home that is higher than your entire holiday cost together. To prevent this, it is important to observe a number of rules of life. In any case, turn off mobile data traffic. Check in the manual or help files exactly how to do this on your device. In the case of iOS, launch the Settings app and tap Mobile network. Then put the switch behind Mobile data from. If you now want to use the internet or internet-connected apps (think of Whatsapp, Skype and more), you can never accidentally do that via mobile internet. Furthermore, simply do not take non-urgent calls. Because also accepted conversations outside the EU can be very expensive! If you still want to make a lot of calls (for example because you have things to arrange with the business), it is wise to take out a subscription with a SIP provider. The prices are surprisingly low. For example, a well-known provider is VoipBuster. For a small amount you can call half the world for months - as experience has shown. Many countries - within your purchased calling credit - can be called for free, so you really have to make an effort to call your credits. Once you have created and paid for an account, you still need a SIP app on your smartphone.

SIP app

A SIP app is also known as a 'softphone', or a telephone executed in software. The SIP protocol is almost standard in business, many telephones are simply connected there via a network cable. You can also use it at home - if all goes well without noticing - if you use an all-in-one subscription for internet, TV and telephone. Although you connect your old analog telephone to your router, traffic to and from the provider is again via SIP. To use SIP on your smartphone, you can - under Android - try to get things working via the built-in SIP capabilities. However, experience shows that this is often a matter of hit-and-miss. It is more practical to simply install a SIP app. For example, you can use the free MobileVoip recommended by VoipBuster itself. If you want a little more options, Acrobits Softphone is a great option. You pay €7.99 for that, but if you call a lot it is definitely worth considering. However, we would say start with a free app. The configuration of such a softphone app differs per provider. You should find extensive configuration settings on the site of such a provider. The most important data you need are domain (server), username and password. Often it works directly with that standard data. In some cases it is necessary to delve deeper into the configuration. You can also call with certain subscriptions, you will then receive a fixed telephone number. In any case, you can call from SIP-to-SIP contacts, completely free of charge. However, there is a problem with that for many home users: the incoming signal does not get through your router. Various VOIP providers offer all kinds of tricks for this, such as a STUN server and other things. However, you usually don't need to configure anything extra for outgoing calls. Perfect for vacation. Connect to your hotel's Wi-Fi network and go SIP! Practical tip: let people call your mobile number, but DO NOT pick up. Simply call back via SIP. Keep in mind that only calling to fixed lines is largely free of charge, calling to mobile numbers often costs money. But if you run out of SIP calling credit, you can always top up again.

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