The other thing about US mobiles is that you can't tell a cell number
from a landline by observation, and you pay the same rate to call
either (the recipient however picks up the tab for the 'airtime',
usually by way of monthly 'minutes'). I picked up a Virgin Mobile
prepaid 'Shorty' (http://virginmobileusa.com/) for my trips this year
- you can get them for free ($25 with $25 of credit) but you would
want to order one before you head to the US (likely need a US address
and credit card). You'll pay about 10c/min for inbound calls (so
~1c/min to the VoIP provider, 10c/min to the US cell provider), and if
you pay a certain amount up front you get to keep the number for a
year (handy for multiple trips). This is a PCS based network, not GSM,
so the handset doesn't have a SIM and can't be used here (nor ported
to another network I assume), and if you want to try your luck with a
GSM handset (bearing in mind most of their networks are CDMA based and
won't work with our phones) you'll need a tri or quad band phone.
Hope this helps,
On 10/18/06, Kevin Brennan <kevin.brennan at redsquared.com> wrote:
> Of course all you say is possible with Asterisk
>> But if you are in the USA with an Irish SIM you will be paying roaming
> charges and for the terminating leg (ireland - USA) anyway.
>> Your best bet would be to pick up a prepaid SIM in the US and forward
> your Irish number (via Asterisk) to that pre-paid SIM. Calling from
> Ireland to US mobile via VOIP is cheap. You can check rates to a
> particular number here -> http://www.freespeech.ie/home/?tabm=6>> Regards Kevin
>> Paul Reilly wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have not used Asterix or much VOIP stuff before, but I guess a few
> > people here are familair with it. I was wondering would the following
> > be possible:
> > Say I set up a Asterix box here, with a local dublin number.
> > Say I want the calls diverted to my mobile.
> > But say I am in the USA.
> > This could be exensive if I have to route the call via the mobile network
> > to the USA.
> > So is it possible to get Asterix to route the call to another Asterix box
> > in the USA, and re-route the call to a US mobile/landline from there?
> > Or am I making this horribly complicated? Is there a simpler way to do it?
> > Paul
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