You might say that AusTex VoIP is going “on the LAM”. Don’t take that literally, as they are not going anywhere, they mean that they are excited about combining our landline & mobile (LAM) phone services in to a single VoIP solution. AT&T & Apple have recently removed all roadblocks for allowing VoIP on the 3G network using the iPhone. It is now feasible to combine your home or office VoIP service along with your iPhone to make VoIP calls from anywhere.
While it is feasible to have a home or business VoIP account with a provider such as Vonage, & tie a cell phone in to that service, it is usually impossible to have several landline rings, & several cellphones (as in relatives plan) all tied in together using the same account. The best way to bring ALL of your rings together, & use a single VoIP account (or several if desired) is to have a VoIP server walking at your home or office. It is now feasible to put in an asterisk support based VoIP server for small money. Not only is it economical to put in a VoIP server, it brings with it a sizable list of calling features, & the ability to basically add as plenty of rings to the process as desired.
To get those cellphones integrated in to the server, they must get a SIP application from the Apple Store (assuming the rings are all iPhones). One time they have the app on our cell phone, they can set up a generic SIP account that will register the cell phone with the server & permit it to make & get VoIP calls using of our VoIP provider accounts already on the server.
With an IP PBX server, when you add a phone to the process, you set it up as an extension. Similar to a corporate PBX, an extension is given a description, either the name of a person or possibly a department or location, such as “Sales” or “Support”. Have a home office? Let’s assign that as extension 100. How about the cordless phone base with handsets? Let’s give that an extension of 101. The kids each have landline phone (lucky kids), so we’ll assign them extension numbers 103 & 104. That takes care of the house, but what about the cellphones. Because we’d like to basically distinguish the difference between a house phone & a cell phone, we’ll use the 200s for cell phone extensions. All relatives’ members have a cell phone, so we’ll use 201 – 204.