Finally VoIP craze hit me. I’ve had Skype account for ages, ekiga.net account for about a year, and a Nokia N95 for about a year also. I knew it is possible to configure my phone into using SIP, but never really bothered. I’ve been fighting with my laptop for a while now, and while I do manage to get the webcam to work, the microphone is somewhat flaky. Fortunately I do have my desktop computer, on which Everything Just Works. But since I really can’t be bothered to sit by my desktop computer all the time, I decided to finally configure my ekiga.net account on my phone.
And in the end, the process was very painfree. With some google-fu the settings were found – all I needed was to ask a friend how the network connection should be handled as mine didn’t seem to work because of the NAT in my home network. And the answer to that problem was obvious – use 3G instead. The sound quality is astoundingly good with even the lowest bandwidth provided by my mobile phone service provider, Saunalahti.
- navigate to: System/Tools –> Settings –> Connection –> SIP Settings
- Create a new profile:
- Name it as, for example, ekiga.net
- Service-Profile: IETF
Public Username: sip:$YOURUSERNAME@ekiga.net
- stop and think how do you want to be contacted:
- about all the time – Registration: Always on; only when you call or want to be contactable on your phone – Registration: When needed.
- On the move – Default access point: Your (hopefully cheap / monthly subscribed / unlimited) data transfer plan access point*; Mostly at a known wifi hotspot – Default access point: Your wifi hotspot.**
Here be the disclaimers:
* I tried with my own 3G connection provided by Saunalahti – 384kbit/s (lowest speed there is), and the sound quality was sufficient.
** for me my home network is configured in a way with NAT that using wifi doesn’t work. It would require fiddling with some ports, if you have access to your router and know what you’re doing, this page might give you some hints what to do – it also may not. I’ve not tried.
I tried these settings with calling to the echo service (that’s sip:email@example.com for those of you who didn’t already know) and ended up giggling at my own voice like a maniac – and then tried it twice more just for the giggles. As a friend hadn’t tried his settings (the same as mine) on his E51, I called him to get confirmation on the sound quality, which was amazingly good.
These settings were found from here, if you’re wondering what theme I’ve got on my phone, it’s found from here, and the programs that are in the first screenshot as quick launchers are BusWatch, Enhanced Calculator for s60, alarm clock, synchronisation and mirggi, s60 IRC client I use to connect to my irssi-proxy handling my connections to IRCnet, freenode and my bitlbee, which in turn handles my connections to MSN, ICQ, jabber.org- and GoogleTalk- XMPP connections.