Who has a VoIP PABX at home?

The “techies” who have been using Internet for ages do a wide variety of things. It just seems to me that few people use VoIP except for the simple stuff. Is that really so?

I’ve been using Asterisk for some time. I currently live in Spain. My parents live abroad, and for five years I was living in the Netherlands. So even if national calls aren’t expensive saving costs on International calls was something I was interested in. I’ve still got a couple of DID numbers in other countries which make it easier for me to be reached by family and friends. I use both IAX and SIP, the latter being more of a pain to configure for home use behind a NAT router with one ip. My own landline is linked to Asterisk too.

When I talk about VoIP to other friends and colleagues I seem to be the only one using VoIP in this way. I’m not sure why that is. Those who I know that have played with VoIP have a single account, not connected to their telephone line, and they use that mainly for cheaper outgoing calls. Few seem to incorporate their own phone line into the system and just use the PABX (Asterisk in this case) for all calling.

So am I really that odd, or is VoIP too hard at the moment even for most techies? If so that’s a real shame.

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Simon J Mudd

Born in England, I now live in Spain. I spent a few years living in the Netherlands. I've worked in banking (financial markets) both in IT and as a broker, but IT has always had a stronger influence. Now working at booking.com as a Database Administrator. Other interests include photography, ham radio (not active lately). Married and with two children, living happily in Madrid.

2 thoughts on “Who has a VoIP PABX at home?”

  1. VoIP is not hard at all.
    We live in South Africa, and here VoIP is actually rocking!!

    Anywhere you go, you can find international calling card that use VoIP.

    And it’s very cheap too.

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