Asterisk vs FreeSwitch?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at
Sat Feb 23 17:39:42 MST 2013

I think I may be better off with Freeswitch for this particular project.
Oddly enough giving out international phone numbers might be a huge bonus here.
As it turns out many, many people in this region are expats from
Canada, Australia and the US.  Also a lot of the businesses are hotels
etc that would like a north american presence.  Turns out getting
actual ecuadorian phone numbers may be very problematic.  The
incumbent carrier seems to only want to sell them in blocks of 10,000
and the only competition they have are mobile carriers which do not
wish (or maybe just cannot), sell or rent the numbers as DID.
I'm sure this can be gotten around eventually.  I probably just need
more business acumen.

On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM, Gabriel Gunderson <gabe at> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM, Steve Alligood <steve at> wrote:
>> Your biggest difference is that asterisk has been around a long time, has a lot of community support, and a ton of add-on type apps.
>> Freeswitch is a lessons learned from asterisk type of thing, redesigned from the ground up, makes more sense under the hood if you do a lot of custom work with it, etc, but a lot less add ons, community knowledge, etc.
> I think this is a pretty fair assessment.
> I'll spare you a long reply, but I will say that I love Asterisk and
> FreeSWITCH.  I used them both long before they each hit their 1.0.  I
> love Asterisk for changing the landscape and being so disruptive
> (initially). I love FreeSWITCH for it's flexibility and power.
> If you're really serious about it, both deserve your thoughtful consideration.
> Happy hacking.
> Gabe
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