Do you need a US phone number even if you are located outside US? Here’s a simple way to get a US phone number, from any country in the world, for free.
First Get a SIP number:
To get a free US local phone number, you must get a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) number. You don’t need to know what is a SIP number to get a US phone number, but if you are interested, check this page.
There are many services that provide free SIP number. Two of them are listed below along with the detailed explanation on registration process. Use any one of the to get your SIP number.
Get US Local Phone Number using your SIP number:
Now that you have your SIP number (using either of the method explained above), open a new tab in your browser and go to phone.ipkall.com.
Set the account type as SIP. In SIP username field, paste your SIP number. Keep the default value for the area code and the # of ringing seconds. For the host name, email and password:
- If you got your SIP number from Callcentric, use in.callcentric.com for host name. Use the same email address and password that you used while registering for Callcentric.
- If you got your SIP number from Tpad, use sipx.tpad.com for host name. Use the same email address and password that you used while registering for Tpad.
Click on the submit button to complete the registration at ipkall. You will get an email from ipkall within few minutes containing your own US phone number!
Activate and use your local US phone number to get incoming calls:
Now that you have your own local US phone number, you can easily get incoming calls from your clients and relatives that are based in US. To start receiving incoming call, you must configure a SIP client on your mobile phone or computer.
If you have an Android phone or iPhone, look for SIP Phone apps on Android marketplace or iTunes respectively. For Symbian phones (Nokia phones) you can configure SIP on it without any third party apps.
You can also use Fring for SIP, check out the video below for details.
Note: If you got your SIP number from CallCentric, you must confirm its registration on CallCentric. This will be automatically done when you configure any SIP client using the SIP details you got from CallCentric. After first correct login from your SIP client you should see the notification your phone is registered on your My CallCentric page.