Q: What will it cost?
A: The service is free for IP to IP calling. If you wish to call someone who only has access to the traditional phone network, take a look at our BahtCall Basic plan.
Q: Is there support?
A: Yes, we offer several types of support.
Q: Do I have to buy a phone?
A: No, you can use one of many free “soft” phones. Please see this page for examples.
Q: What will my phone number be?
A: You can choose any 7 digit phone number you like, as long as someone else is not using it.
Q: Does it work with cell phones?
A: No, you have to use an IP phone to connect to the service. There are a number of wireless IP phones available on the market, please see our products page for examples.
Q: Can I call a regular phone?
A: Yes, with BahtCall Basic, PSTN bridging is available.
Q: How does it sound?
A: It depends on the codec (analog to digital converter) that you and your destination party use. G711u, G711a (often called PCM) has very high quality sound and is at least as good as a regular phone.
Q: How does someone without BahtCall call me?
A: If you are a paying service customer, your callers can reach you through a gateway phone number which will ask them for your 7 digit phone number. Please note: Free Internet Calling does not have access to this service.
Q: Can I surf the Internet while I'm talking?
A: Yes if your bandwidth permits you to talk on the phone and surf at the same time.
Q: What is a SIP phone?
A: SIP stands for Session Internet Protocol. It is a very common standard for setting up calls between devices. BahtCall uses SIP IP phones.
Q: What is broadband?
A: Broadband is typically considered anything faster than a dial-up modem connection. Examples would be: DSL, Cable modem, ISDN, T1.
Q: What is NAT?
A: NAT stands for Network Address Translation. This is a form of firewall that makes opening channels to phones inside it difficult. BahtCall has developed means to make this a non-issue with our service. BahtCall's service will work seamlessly whether you are behind a firewall or not.
Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No, you do not need a computer to call via BahtCall. In fact, most people find making a call through a traditional style phone easier and more natural. Since all account features are offered online via the account control panel, it is strongly recommended that you use a computer to manage your account.
Q: Does it work on Mac/Linux?
A: Yes. If you would like to use a computer or “soft” phone, there are many available for all major operating systems.
Q: Do I have to buy a phone?
A: No. If you would like, you can use a “soft” phone on your computer, see above.
Q: Can I use dial up?
A: Minimum bandwidth requirement is 64 Kb/s in each direction (total 128kb/s). Additionally the connection must be stable and up to the task of transmitting voice packets in a timely or reliable manner. To verify your connection is reliable you can use packet tracing software to reveal network problems. We recommend a product called "Ping Plotter". You can download a free trial version at http://www.pingplotter.com.
Q: Where can I get an IP phone?
A: Please see our products page for your options.
Q: I have a NAT - what do I do?
A: Nothing different. The setup is the same whether you have a NAT or not.
Q: How do I configure it?
A: Configuration information is available here.
Q: Do you provide quick start guides?
A: Yes, go to our tutorial page.
Q: How do I call someone?
A: Pick up the handset and dial the number. Local (BahtCall) subscribers can be reached by dialing their seven digit number. 800 services and long distance numbers can be reached by dialing 1 + area code + number. Please see our tutorial page for more information. Please note: Free Internet Calling accounts do not have access to PSTN or toll free calling.
Q: Who can I call?
A: With Free Internet Calling, you can call all BahtCall members, IAXTel numbers, SIPphone numbers and FWD numbers for free. A "White Pages" directory is available from your control panel. With BahtCall Basic, you have the capability to call anyone in the world.
Q: When can I call?
A: Anytime, day or night.
Q: How do I check my messages?
A: If you have a phone with a “Message Waiting Indicator” it will show you when you have voicemail messages waiting. Some phones have a light, some will give you a “stuttering” dial tone to indicate messages are available. You can also check your messages by dialing 8500.
Q: How do I do an echo test?
A: You can perform this test by dialing 600#. This test is a good way to check to see what your connection to the server sounds like.