A whosit or a whatsit?

Lonnie Olson lists at kittypee.com
Fri Feb 22 10:47:38 MST 2013

As said before these devices are ATAs, but have many different product names.

However before getting into the technical details, you might want to
work on your business plan first.
You need an upstream provider.
* the local LEC itself, in which you pay the expensive call fees yourself
* a competitive LEC that is cheaper, if one exists
* SIP trunk provider in another calling rate center, in which you pay
LD charges for calls to your own local area
* a local SIP trunk provider, in which you are just a middle man

Also, you need to buy numbers in the local calling area.  Those will
have to come from a local carrier.

On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at gmail.com> wrote:
> So continuing my adventures in Ecuador I'm looking at establishing
> VOIP service in a small community that has great internet access but
> where the landline cost per call is very expensive and cell service is
> sporadic.
> I think a couple of Asterisk servers could probably do most of the
> work especially since the majority of calls would be locals calling
> locals, we could completely bypass the incumbent telco for most use
> cases and I'm sure I can find terminating services for calls outside
> the local exchange area.
> I was talking with one of the local businessmen and was able to
> explain that there are devices that can directly connect an open port
> on his router to the pots line in his home and provide him with
> dialtone and direct dial service without the need to keep a computer
> on 24/7.
> For the life of me I'm now drawing a blank on what this device is
> called, or who the manufacturer(s) are.  This is going to be vital
> information if we move ahead with this service.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks!
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