One of the cool things about the N8 is the vast features it has under the hood, straight out of the box. If you’re adventurous enough, you won’t be needing any 3rd party apps installed to your N8 to make certain features accessible. Almost everything is already there, just waiting to be uncovered. One of them is the SIP support.
The SIP support on the N8 enables you to make VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol- ie. Skype/YahooMessenger/VoipCheap etc) calls via 3g/wifi. So, instead of using your computer, this time you can use your own phone to make internet voice calls. If you’re using VoipCheap like me, you can also make FREE voice calls to regular phones (and mobilephones) over the internet- ie. no charge on your operator bills (or your Voip account)
There are a few ways to make this work- the hard way, and the easier way. Lets’s start with the hard way:
1. First download this extra settings according to your phone variant and install it-
2. Then on the phone, go to:
Option>New SIP Profile>use default profile.
This window needs to be configured with your VoIP provider setting which may be found on their site or from googling the net. I will be using the setting for VoipCheap as an example to set up Wifi and 3G SIP setting. You only need to fill in the blanks based on these:
3. Then when you are done go back to:
Admin setting> Net setting>Advance VoIP setting>Create new service> choose the SIP profile shown, e.g. Voipcheap
This will configure the VoIP setting with the particular SIP profile. It will also add a new Pane in your Contacts folder, Internet call option to the contacts list and Phone log. (Now this is the neat part. Integrated directly to you phone, no need to open up any apps). Now go to SIP pane in Contacts folder, sign in and then make a test call . To make a SIP call just go to a contact and choose Voipcheap. If you configured everything correctly, it should work and you are done. It will look something like this:-
4.1. Follow the above direction and create new SIP profile with new name (e.g. Voipcheap (3G). All settings are the same except:
4.2. Then set up the VoIP setting with the new SIP profile by going to:
Admin setting>Net setting>Advance VoIP settings>Create new service> Voipcheap (3G)
Admin setting>Net setting>Advance VoIP settings>VoIP service>Voipcheap (3G)>Profile setting>>>>>
4.4. Go down to AWCDMA> set it to “on”. Exit out of everything. Go to SIP (3G) pane in the Contacts folder. Sign in and make test call.
If it does not connect or make a call, you need to check the SIP setting for any error. If you find any problem there, you must first remove the SIP profile in the Net setting. Then go to the SIP setting and correct the problem. Double check everyting, go back to Net setting>Advance VoIP setting>Create new service and add the SIP profile. The reason is that when you Configure a VoIP setting with a SIP profile, the SIP info is permanently loaded and will not change even if you make any change in the SIP profile. So any time you change anything in the SIP profile (even the password) you always need to remove, make correction and then reload the corrected SIP profile to the VoIP setting.
Remember to sign-out (from the Contacts pane- the same place where you sign-in) if you’re not using the Voip call. This will disconnect you from your WIFI/3g connection and saves your battery.
Well the easier way is, by installing 3rd party apps and then entering your account details. We have Skype, Nimbuzz, Fring etc. Skype only supports Skypeaccount, but Fring/nimbuzz supports almost all Voip service available. I don’t really prefer this method as i don’t want my phone to be crowded with apps which takes up my mass-memory. The first method (the hard way) is more neat, easier to access, less space consuming, less RAM eating and it works. Integration is better than having a separate app, I think.
But if you don’t want to go through all the hassle of configuring it manually, just google these 3rd party apps, download, drag and drop the installer to your phone (yes, you can do this. No need for any crap PC software), and then install. You can install to your Memory card too if you like.