VoIP Asterisk Resources

All the leading Asterisk resources for hardware, software, news and advice.

Asterisk is the leading software engine for creating a business IP PBX, VoIP gateway, or other communications system. Asterisk is free and open source, with many official and unofficial Asterisk resources available on the Internet.

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Fonet Global

Fonet Global offers a cutting edge technology which integrates the
power of your phone with the reach and flexibility of the Internet, all
over a single, reliable network service. Now you can make and receive
calls saving up to 85% compared to conventional telephony.
Fonet
also offers solutions to ILECS, Central Houses and IP Service Providers
being able to integrate the most complete, state of the art voice
features to their networks and services.
 

FonVantage

All calls to U.S. and Canada, PLUS up to 300 minutes
to 22 International destinations are included in one, low monthly fee. Low rates on additional
International calls.

Free Digits

Website now redirects to www.ringtonumber.comPC to Phone VoIP service provider (SIP)

Free-VoIP

Unlimited worldwide phonecalls for FREE with FREE VOIP.eu - Open your VoIP account directly online within a minute and start worldwide calling without any limits.Same company as www.sipservice.euNote: Registered in the US, but contact/support  in Germany

Freeworlddialup

FWD allows you to talk over the Internet to other FWD users with any broadband connection . . . for free!
To get started quickly, you can download Pulver.Communicator or any number of free soft-phones.
If you want to get a little adventurous, you can use a “plain old telephone”
with an IP adapter or even an
IP based phone.

FrontCom

Broadband Phone VoIP service focusing on the Mexican and Spanish markets (Website only in Spanish)

Fusion VoIP

Fusion VoIP is a Voice Over IP Broadband Telephone Service Provider, where you can use your high speed Internet connection and our phone adapter with your regular telephone to make local and long distance calls at a huge savings!

Global 1 Touch

Global 1 Touch - Make Worldwide calls at the fraction of the normal cost. Use any IP Phone, SoftPhone, Mobile Phone or Landline Phone. Member to member calling is FREE. Call Back and VoIP products and services.Note: MLM (Multi Level Marketing) and no contact details on the website

Global Village

With Global Village, you can make FREE calls to Global Village users and most other VoIP users anywhere in the world

How much does it cost to belong to Global Village? Absolutely nothing. There is no monthly fee and there is never a charge for calling another Global Village member or other VoIP number or for receiving a VoIP call from anyone.

Every call you make to another Global Village user is absolutely FREE. That is true whether you call around the corner or around the world. Every Global Village subscriber will have a unique 7 digit phone number. That's all you need to dial another Global Village user.

The Internet phone community is growing every day. Through Global Village, you can place free call to many other Internet phone users around the world. To dial another Internet service, you must first dial a �1�, then a 3-digit �area code� followed by the number on the other service. These �Internet area codes� are selected by each service and Global Village connects you.

Global Village lets you make low-cost calls to any phone anywhere in the world, even if it is only connected to the traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). You can opt for a plan with absolutely no monthly commitment where you pay only for calls you make. Or US customers can opt for an unlimited US calls plan with a flat rate monthly fee. 

Globaltel

GlobalTel IP, Inc. owns and manages a Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) network at its network operations center
(NOC) in Miami, Florida. This network was built to
provide VoIP services for our two operating divisions.
The first division, GlobalTel IP, provides VoIP termination
services to the international telecommunications market
as well as hosted VoIP solutions to ISPs and ITSPs.
We currently own and operate two softswitches, one
has an unlimited server license while the other was
developed by in-house engineers and is based on open
standards.

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Asterisk is Linux-based software for creating an easily manageable and feature-rich business communication system. Asterisk includes all the drivers, protocol converters, scripts, codecs, and more needed to perform functions that range from routing and call handling to call recording and generating call detail records.

Asterisk VoIP software is open source and free, with many configuration options, features, and modules. An Asterisk VoIP solution is preferred by businesses — small and large — who want a robust and customizable IP PBX system to handle their business telephony traffic.

Who Uses Asterisk VoIP?

Asterisk is a framework for building a communications network, which can include conference servers as well as the basic PBX system Asterisk was originally designed to support. Asterisk uses the most common protocol — session initiated protocol (SIP) — and is built on one of the most stable and advanced operating systems (Linux). This makes Asterisk a reliable and extendable VoIP solution for businesses of all types.

Some of the business and organizations using Asterisk include:

  • Small and medium businesses
  • Carriers (CLECs, ILECs, and wholesalers)
  • ITSPs, ISPs, and VoIP providers
  • Government agencies
  • Large corporations
  • Call centers
  • Call shops

How Can Asterisk Be Used?

Asterisk is powerful, flexible, and stable. Asterisk was named for the * character in Linux, which is a wildcard character. Like its namesake, Asterisk is capable of performing many different functions — singularly or combined. Some of the functionalities of Asterisk VoIP software are:

  • VoIP gateway
  • IP PBX
  • Skype gateway
  • Call center automatic call distributor (ACD)
  • Conference bridge
  • IVR server
  • Voicemail system
  • Fax server
  • Speech server
  • Call recorder
  • Unified messaging

Asterisk resources such as whitepapers, videos, and forums can be found at asterisk.org, where the software can also be downloaded. As an open source platform, additional resources for Asterisk VoIP software — such as tutorials for integration with OpenSIPS or software for reporting — can be found all over the Internet. Looking for Asterisk software, hardware, tips, tutorials, or forums? We can help — check our Asterisk resources directory.

Installing an Asterisk VoIP PBX System

Building an Asterisk VoIP PBX is relatively simple from an installation standpoint, as long as you are familiar with Linux and comfortable using the command line interface (CLI). Binary installations using Yum on CentOS or RedHat makes Asterisk easier to maintain, according to the software's developers. There are many Asterisk resources offering installation instructions, including the Asterisk website as well as numerous unofficial how-tos.

Once the Asterisk software is set up, additional software — a graphical user interface (GUI), or front-end — is needed to interface with the Asterisk VoIP system to manage and configure standard features such as music-on-hold and voicemail. There are a number of Asterisk GUIs available, such as Mini Asterisk or GEOTEK Phonebook. You can find Asterisk GUIs in our Asterisk resources directory below, and a complete list of Asterisk GUIs at VoIP-Info.org.

However, that might not be the most stress-free process for many. Thankfully, there are also many software packages out there called distros that roll up the open source Asterisk VoIP PBX software and the GUI with additional components and an easy-install executable. AsteriskNOW is the distro offered by Asterisk, which does the heavy lifting by installing Linux, Asterisk, and the GUI as an ISO image, simply and easily. Some of the more popular distros for Asterisk VoIP service include:

  • AsteriskNOW
  • Elastix
  • PBX in a Flash
  • Trixbox
  • FreePBX
  • Switchvox

You'll find Asterisk resources like distros for setup, configuring, and customizing the PBX software in our Asterisk resources directory.

Using an Asterisk Appliance

One of the easier ways to install the Asterisk VoIP system is to use an Asterisk appliance. Asterisk appliances are small standalone servers and complete PBX solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Asterisk appliances come fully loaded with custom compiled Linux configurations, FXO and FXS ports, and a front-end (or GUI) to manage and configure Asterisk's features. Some well-known Asterisk appliances are:

  • Asterisk Appliance
  • Rhino Ceros Appliance
  • WARP Appliance
  • PhoneBochs MiniVoIP Appliance

Some developers of Asterisk distros also produce Asterisk appliances, so you can find a simple, comprehensive solution to Linux and Asterisk installation issues, the need for a dedicated machine, and the need for a GUI to manage the Asterisk software all in one compact package. Digium's Switchvox and AsteriskNOW as well as Trixbox are just a few of the distros that also come preloaded on Asterisk appliances.

You'll find more Asterisk appliances, GUIs, and other software in our VoIP Asterisk resources directory.

Choosing an Asterisk Appliance

When considering an Asterisk appliance, it's best to weigh a few factors carefully before making a final choice. Even though Asterisk is open source, a Digium Asterisk appliance — Switchvox — offers certain advantages in that it's fully supported and will upgrade at pace with Asterisk. Relying on community maintenance for independent Asterisk appliances can be a more complicated and even risky process.

Things to consider when evaluating an independent Asterisk appliance:

  • Upgrades
  • Extendability and portability
  • Installation
  • Compatibility with other programs/interfaces
  • Adequate support
  • Statistical aggregation ('phoning home' with usage data)

You can find these and more Asterisk appliances in our VoIP Asterisk resources directory, as well as links to tips, reference material, and hardware options.

Asterisk Resources: Getting Help

The official Asterisk site offers a forum, instructional videos, documentation and more. However, there are also plenty of other Asterisk resources available as well, including forums and installation help at AsteriskGuru and courses and certifications at Digium.

There are also sites featuring extensive documentation, such as the online O'Reilly guide to Asterisk, and sites with how-to vodcasts. Local Asterisk user groups are another online Asterisk resource, as are sites with news about Asterisk developments, updates, and releases. You can find links to these online Asterisk resources and more in our directory.

Asterisk Software

Because Asterisk is open source software, many companies and independent developers offer modules and add-ons for additional PBX features and functions — especially for industry-specific functions relating to call centers or VoIP providers. For instance, software for call center stats, call recording, autodialers, or conference management, as well as channel drivers, scripts, and other tools are all available through third-party agents.

Information about these and other Asterisk resources can be found in our directory.

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