November 22, 2017 by aubreykloppers
UPDATE: 22-11-2017 (see bottom)
If you are reading this you most probably want to know how you can get rid of Telkom once and for all, but keep your telephone number. Well, you are in luck.
It is fairly easy if you know what to do. You do not have to pay for the service. You only pay for what you use! The basic steps are:
- Create a FREE SIP account. (SIP=Free Voice and Video over the Internet) You can do that here: Fresh Phone Pricing is basically landline: 39c/min cell:69c/min See here.
- Get a VOIP device. I suggest a Yealink W53P. You can also use a “ATA Adaptor Analog to IP Converter” that allows you to plug in an analog phone. – Look on eBay, Amazon or other online stores. i do, however, suggest you look at the “Cisco SPA112” Also use “this search” for South African stockists. There are some nice devices here (GeeWiz)aswell.
- Do a Number Port. FreshPHONE does this for R150 once off…
Part 2, the ins(tallation) and outs:
So, yesterday my YeaLink phones arrived. To be quite honest, if you follow the plane-and-simple instructions found on the FreshPhone (How to setup YeaLink Phone) page, it will take you about 2 minutes. The most of the 2 minutes will be to copy/paste your details and then “BAM” it works! OUT-THE-BOX! The cost of the “Yealink W52P” was about R1600, but I opted to get a second handset for about R1160.
As of this writing, this works 100% and running on a TELKOM ADSL line. This is because I am still waiting for the activation of my Fiber line, the porting of my Telkom Number and the cancellation of my Telkom physical line.
FreshPHONE dashboard with Yealink connection status – This comes from the FreshPHONE website…:
Yealink W52P Status – This comes from my own Network. I use a Dynamic DNS (note 1) service to enable me to connect into my LAN (Local Area Network) at home…:
note 1: I use a service from Duck DNS to achieve Dynamic DNS records.
Today I got an SMS from telkom:
and I knew things were going in the right direction. Signing onto my SIP account also gave me a nice surprize, as the Account Settings’s Caller ID changed to my old Telkom number
and going into the DID Manager showed the Telkom number now as Ported and pointing to my SIP account!