This was a post I originally thought I’d only publish in Hebrew, but then I realized there is an English option for what I am about to discuss and I am sure some of you English speakers would appreciate this when you come to the holy land… (I’d love to know if you do!)
So, in this chapter of my guide, I’ll review “Spikko” http://www.spikko.com/index_en.htmvery similar to the solution I presented in the last post, this service provides you with a free telephone number used for incoming and outgoing calls with Israeli carriers.
What is this about and How does it work
Incoming calls – unlimited, the caller will be paying a regular rate for calling an Israeli mobile number according to his communication package.
- Outgoing calls – this is where it gets tricky
Upon connecting to the service you will get 8 minutes free for Israeli landlines and 2 minutes for Israeli mobile phone numbers (you can choose to call other countries using your credit according to the exchange rate calculated on the site).
You want more minutes? No problem you can either buy them or accumulate them in the following manner:
Each minute you spend on an incoming call entitles you to a minute of outgoing calls… the more and longer your incoming calls, the more free minutes you will get.
If you invite friends and they get incoming calls, you get 25% of their incoming talk time for your outgoing calls.
(If someone invited you – be a good friend and join using their invitation although you can just signup, it will not come out of your budget and your usage can benefit your friend… and if you want an invite, let me know…)
To the people abroad / those who are in Israel
What is SIP?A protocol for initiating communication using the internet which is supported by many devices (I won’t be surprised to find out that it’s behind some of the international call options offered by the telecom companies). You can run a quick search to find more details on this protocol and in future posts I’ll mention some SIP providers from around the world.
- Choose the option “Other” from the list of providers
- Input the name and password of the account your created
- In the Proxy field input: sip.spikko.com:5090
So you can have Whistle Phone for your USA calls and Fring for your Israeli calls… an app recommended by Spikko site for use with their service is belongs to Acrobys who offers 2 excellent solutions for you to choose from, rich with advanced functionality which will be covered in detail in a future post in this guide.