How To: SIP settings on the N8 (and other symbian devices)

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:

A. HARD (but neat) WAY

1. First download this extra settings according to your phone variant and install it-

2. Then on the phone, go to:

Menu>settings>connectivity>Admin.Settings>SIP settings

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:

Profile name: Voipcheap
Service profile: IETF
Default access point: You choice
PUBLIC USER NAME: sip:<voipcheap acct name>
Click on the PROXY SERVER Setting
Proxy server address:
username: <voipcheap account name>
password: <voipcheap password>
allow loose routing: yes
transport type: UDP, or auto (UDP works for me)
Port: 5060
Click on the Registrar Server Setting
Registrar server address:
username: <voipcheap account name>
password: <voipcheap password>
transport type: UDP, or auto (altho UDP works for me)
Port: 5060

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:-

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4. EXTRA SETTINGS- For 3G connection.
4.1. Follow the above direction and create new SIP profile with new name (e.g. Voipcheap (3G). All settings are the same except:

Default destination>Internet

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)

4.3. Then

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.

Useful hints:

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.


31 Comments on “How To: SIP settings on the N8 (and other symbian devices)

  1. great tips, however i tried to set up skype with the instruction provided, had no luck to get it to work. could it be me or skype made it a bit difficult? please advise. thanks!

    • SIP = Open protocol. Completely different than Skype. AFAIK Skype uses Proprietary protocol. So basically, no one knows what the protocol is like unless they pay for the license, or something..

      You have to use some free SIP server (like fring, gizmo etc) to use Skype. Or better, you can just use the official Skype app.

  2. awesome tips.really helped me to install sip on my n8.thumbs up!

  3. Thanks for the detailed info. I really hope it works on N8 as I’m due for an upgrade. However it does not seem to work on Nokia 5800. The option in step 3 “Admin setting> Net setting>Advance VoIP setting>Create new service>” is nowhere to be found in the settings list. I have bashed my head for two days now and still not finding it anywhere. I will appreciate any word of advise if anyone can help.

    • Hello ivo. Have you installed the “extra settings” file on Step 1?
      As i can remember, some extra-settings (maybe on step 3) requires the installation of files from step 1 first. If not, you won’t get to access those advanced settngs on step 3. The installer-file from step 1 also adds an extra column to your contacts.

      BTW, don’t hesitate on buying the N8. It’s awesome!

  4. Hi! thanks for the detailed explanation!! However, I am unable to sign into my account. clicked on my phonebook, went to the voip sign, but all i see is sign in (my username), and when i try to click it, nothing happens….i’ve downloaded the 1st step too! any ideas? 🙂

    oh and i redid everything again…same issue…strange….

  5. Even the same Happens for me
    everything workes right but when i try
    to sign it nothing happens my model is Nokia N8.
    Please help my i trying to work sip on this model
    for for than 3 Months. Please help me bro. Great Article

  6. Even the same Happens for me
    everything workes right but when i try
    to sign in nothing happens my model is Nokia N8.
    Please help my i trying to work sip on this model
    for more than 3 Months. Please help me bro. Great Article

  7. what about nokia 5230 its deosnt have Admin setting>Net setting>

  8. VPN,XDM, remote drive,sip,presence settings for E72 in nigeria. Pls i need help and guidlne.

  9. Thanks a lot!!

    I wanted the “A. HARD (but neat) WAY” because it’s easy to use in the mobile and i had this issue:

    I was unable to find the option “Advance VoIP settings” under “Net Settings”.
    After I tried several times I finally changed to English the language of the mobile to be easier, I restart the configuration from the first step and it worked.

    Thanks again.

  10. Does not work on the 5800. Whist the settings file (step 1) installs, no advanced settings appear. This will be my last Nokia phone.

  11. Since megaupload is no more available could you please upload the files on some other filesharing location

    thanks tiggie

  12. thank you for detailed information. I finally set up my N8 with SIP looks very promising the only problem is when it connects to VoIPcheap and I try to make a call it goes nothing… silence and nothing change the recipient phone num. to 001 but still nothing. any help would be great. thank you!

  13. boss i need your help I’m traying for very very long time to get register my voip service using sip in mobile it is not working it states connecting after that nothing may you help for it

  14. hello trickman…………….u are a master ………could u pls help me for my i8910 samsung………….i dont have net setting option in admin setting …………..what to do

  15. pls i need the XDM profile setting for my Nokia 6790.pls help me out.

  16. Interesting but complicated.There is a possibility to download settings ?(.pdf or…)

  17. Great explanation!!! Thank you very much for that!!
    Need to advise you, the megaupload links are no longer working.

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  20. Hi there,
    I tried every step. but when i go under contacts and 2nd tab i saw to signin, but when i click that button it was not doing anything.. i.e. not sigining in. What steps must i do to make it right?

  21. Voipcheap settings has been done in NOKIA N8. At 3rd stage in admin setting follows download. Not as per directed. Incomplete form filled up. Do I need to register in

  22. You made some good points there. I checked on the
    net for more information about the issue
    and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

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