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05-19-2008, 02:56 PM #1Free calling to any US Phone from Your iPhone (PC/Smartphones/N8X0 too)
This method REQUIRES a WiFi connection!!!
Thanks goes to Unique311 at internettablettalk for first showing me how to do this on the Nokia N800/N810 Internet Tablets. I’m sure others came before him on the PC method. What’s new is it now works on the iPhone.
You need 3 accounts:
1) grandcentral at GrandCentral: The New Way to Use Your Phones
2) gizmo at Gizmo5 - Make free internet calls from your mobile phone and computer
3) Fring on your iPhone fring â€“ Make free mobile calls, IM with Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk™, SIP & Twitter, AIM® & Yahoo!™
Watch gigafied’s video to get started:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWjPuL2TqHY]YouTube - Hack: Get Free Inbound Calls[/ame]
You don’t need to install Gizmo if you’re using just the iPhone. But free calling from the PC will require the softphone of Gizmo.
The extra step Unique311 shows is adding the gizmo number to each contact in grandcentral. For the iPhone, watch up to 1:32. By the way, you have to enter contacts that you want to call on your iPhone in grandcentral on your PC, and unfortunately that’s still a manual process. Here's Unique311's video:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJpS5doGZM]YouTube - making free calls......OK?[/ame]
Now...install Fring. Instructions here:
iphone installation process
Once you get Fring installed
Enter your Gizmo username and password
Enter Proxy as: proxy01.sipphone.com
I then tap on the “Dialer”
Leave that open (Don't "Exit") and click the “Home” button to go back to the Springboard.
Go to www.grandcentral.com/mobile
Click a contact.
Click the word “call” next to the phone number. Fring will pop up and ask you to Accept or Decline. Click Accept and your free call is placed. (If you accidentally click the phone number, a black/gray screen pops up with the number and you can Cancel or Call. Cancel this. This is placing your call over the cell/mobile providers network = not free.)
It sounds complicated, but once you get setup and grandcentral bookmarked – it only takes a few seconds to make a call.
Fring is Beta, but it worked well on my one-hour free call from Berlin, Germany to Minnesota last night.
PS: Use the Gizmo softphone (just leave it open when calling from grandcentral) for free PC calls and similar VOIP phones on Windows Mobile and the Nokia Internet Tablets.
Not sure if grandcentral is still invite only, but can we not have a bunch of people begging for invites. Thanks.
Last edited by dlhuss; 05-19-2008 at 03:15 PM.
05-19-2008, 04:06 PM #2
USA only, i think ? (grandcentral)
05-19-2008, 04:30 PM #3
But once you're registered, you can log in and use it from anywhere.
Last edited by dlhuss; 05-19-2008 at 04:32 PM.
05-23-2008, 08:36 AM #4
I am surprised this is not getting more attention here. Anyways, i was having major problem with this. Did everything the instructions say to do and it doesn't work. Apparently, the key is when in safari, when you first log in, specify the mobile number as your gizmo number. however, on my iphone safari, this setting doesn't stick. as soon as i navigate somewhere on the gc mobile site, the mobile setting is lost. ie if i go to contacts and then back to settings, the mobile number is "blank". The strange thing is that I tried this with a different iphone and it works fine. Both phone have 1.1.14 and jailborken and unlocked the same way...iplus 2.0b. Under safari settings, both are at default settings which include accept cookies from visited sites. Defective iphone? Why is one safari losing its settings and not the other?
FOUND MY SOLUTION:
iPhone: Firmware 1.1.4 - Mobile Safari - Login/Password won’t save - Cookie Permission Issue - stevienova.com
Last edited by superflysocal; 05-23-2008 at 08:36 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
07-24-2008, 01:18 PM #5
- Join Date
- Oct 2007
- Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
this is amazing!
does anyone have any grandcentral invites?
Last edited by zainrizvi; 07-24-2008 at 01:18 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost