By Alok Saboo on June 21st, 2010
Since I wrote the last tutorial on how to make unlimited free calls to USA using Whistle on the iPhone/iPad, I have received several emails/tweets wanting a similar solution for people who do not own an Apple iPhone or iPad.
No iPhone or iPad, no problem!! Here is a tutorial on how to configure Whistle on various devices to make unlimited free calls to USA. Further, since Whistle provides you with a USA incoming number (DID) for free, you can use this tutorial to receive calls on your USA incoming number.
Creating A Whistle Account
The first step is to create a Whistle account. Start with downloading the Whistle desktop client. Whistle has a desktop client for both PC and Mac. The options that you see when you start the client are exactly the same as those on the iPhone/iPad version. Choose Create a Whistle Account to create a new account. Create and activate your new account. Please note your Whistle number, this is your local USA number. Anyone can dial this number and reach you and you do not have to pay a penny.
Using Whistle Phone to make free USA calls
You have several ways of using Whistle Phone:
- Whistle desktop client
- Any other SIP client
- VoIP hardware (ATA)
To use the Whistle Desktop client, choose Existing Whistle Account and enter your account number (the one you got in your welcome email after you have created your account) and your password.
Once you are logged in, you can enter the 10 digit number and make free calls to any USA landline or mobile.
To use Whistle on any other SIP softphone, just enter the Whistle proxy information in your SIP soft phone.
SIP server: proxy.whistlephone.com
On my x-lite SIP client, the SIP configuration looks like:
To use Whistle on your ATA, just enter the above Whistle proxy information in your hardware’s SIP settings.
In my Linksys WRP400, the configuration looks like this.
Great, now you are all ready to enjoy unlimited free calls to USA using Whistle on any SIP device. You can also use the same device to receive calls. Just give your Whistle account number to your friends and family so that they can call you. This is also a great way of saving local cell phone plan minutes.
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