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SkypeIn… but not “in” Canada.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

For those of you unfamilier with Skype, it is a peer to peer text, voice and video application. The Skype website says, “Skype is free calls, video calls and instant messages. And you can call landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world at great rates. Free to download and easy to use. “ I agree, in principle, with their statement.

SkypeIn(tm) is when you buy a 10 digit phone number and have it assigned to your Skype Account. People can call you from a cell phone or landline by dialing your Skypein number and ringing you on your computer.  You can buy SkypeIn numbers for 21 countries… but unfortunately, not Canada.

Until Now…
Now you can get a number for most major Cities in Canada for Skype…
…but still not from Skype.

If you really want a SkypeIn number with a Canadian area code, there is a really inexpensive way to acheive it.  I did.  I can now be reached on my Skype account by anyone who dials my new number with the 403 Area Code – 403-775-2205 (give it a try… I spend 80% of my day near a PC)

Here is how you can get a Canadian phone number to ring into your Skype account;

  1. Get a subscription for unlimited calling in the US & Canada for your Skype account… 3 months, the cost is $7.95.
  2. Buy a SkypIn number for your account.  Choose from a number for any of the 21 Countries that are available… I chose a number in Texas. I like Texas.
  3. Now, navigate yourself over to LES.NET.  Sign up for an account ( no cost to open the initial account).
  4. After you are logged into your LES.NET account –> click the menu “order DID” that’s a fancy telecom term for “Phone Numbers” (direct inward dial… I think :-)
  5. Once you buy the phone number you want for Calgary… you need to get it to ring into your Skype Account.
  6. Click the menu Peers/Trunks –> on the bottom, click “New Trunk”
  7. Edit the Trunk details –> give it a name  –> Peer Type = Phone Number –> Peer Address = YOUR SKYPEIN number… remember the number you bought and assigned to your Skye Account earlier :-)  –> SAVE your changes.

Now. There you have it!  Dial the local 403 number (in my case) and it forwards directly to my SkyIn number in Texas and then rings through to my PC!

Les.net rates are very inexpensive. You can get a North American Toll Free number for a one time fee $15, montly fee $2.50 and $0.055/min.  Canadian numbers with Les.net are $3.50 per month plus $0.011 per minute or a flat rate of $8.88. You choose, pay-as-you-go or flat rate.

I know that it is sometimes easier read than done. If you want a local Canadian number for your Skype account and find the above steps overwhelming… just drop me an email from the contact page here and  I will either coach you through it or just simply get you setup.

Happy Skyping.

Hey – why not get Skype now and give me a call? – 403-775-2205

Cheers –
David A. West

Skype Meâ„¢!

11 Comments

  1. shane magee

    Monday, August 18th, 2008

    hay david, any ideas as to how i can get a skypein number for saint john nb????

  2. admin

    Thursday, August 21st, 2008

    Shane – Les.Net doesn’t have all area codes covered yet. I would recommend a pay-as-you go plan with babytel.ca at http://www.babytel.ca – they have most areas covered. Their monthly fee and per minute cost is nominal.

    David W.

  3. Josh B.

    Saturday, January 10th, 2009

    Another good option, that doesn’t require jumping through all the hoops, is to get a virtual number from virtufon.com or didww.com, et. al. I have an Ottawa virtufon number forwarded to skype, and it works fairly well, and it functions with Skype voicemail, etc.

    Josh

  4. admin

    Saturday, January 10th, 2009

    @Josh B.
    Josh – thanks for your input. I’ll check them out.
    Cheers
    David W.

  5. Oscar

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    *********WARNING********** FRAUD ALERT *****
    SEE COMMENT BELOW THIS ONE – D. A. WEST

    ——-original comment ——–

    I have it!
    A simple and cheap solution to get a Canadian number that rings your skype anywhere in the world. its inskype.com. they offer most of the Canadian local area codes like:
    Calgary 1-403
    Edmonton 1-780
    Fort Mcmurray 1-780
    Halifax 1-902
    Hamilton 1-905
    Kelowna 1-250
    Kitchner 1-519
    London 1-519
    Montreal 1-514
    Ottawa 1-613
    Quebec City 1-418
    Toronto 1-416
    Toronto 1-647
    Vancouver 1-778
    Victoria 1-250
    Winnipeg 1-204
    so go and get your number from http://www.inskype.com

  6. deez

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    I think inskype a scam, ur sites looks fishy, prove it buddy!!!!

  7. David West

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    @Oscar
    Their signup process is manual – you have to fill out a form and fax it back to them… with your credit card information and personal details. Unless you know and trust the company you will be giving them enough information, including your signature, that you may be at risk of identity theft.

    I think my hair is standing up now. Please do your diligence when picking a VOIP provider. This may be a legitimate service provider – but I have to say… use caution.

    Here are some other issues that lead me to think this is a scam –

    inskype.com service fees are a 1 time $15 USD setup and $15 USD per month recurring fee. This is fairly expensive compared to les.net. To cancel the service you need to email an address at IsraelNumber.com. Point 4 of their terms make it clear you never own the number assigned. Point 15 adds a fee for cancellation. It seems to me that there are a number of red flags here. The domain name inskype.com is not properly registered – a whois lookup shows no proper company name, no address, City and shows Antigua and Barbuda as the county. Why are they hiding behind false information related to their domain names. I smell fraud…
    ————
    Address1
    City, 24234
    Antigua and Barbuda
    123456765
    ————

    – David A. west

  8. Randall J

    Friday, August 7th, 2009

    Hey David,
    Les.net is giving me some registration problems (won’t accept the security code…frustrating). Some of the customer reviews were not that great either. I looked into Link2voip… head office is out of Panama, they have a good service record but apparently don’t do call forwarding (it’s on there to do list). I’m here in Calgary with a Skype account and can’t wait to cut my Telus bill down to pocket change. Any ideas?

    • David West

      Friday, August 7th, 2009

      Hi Randall – check out BabyTel.ca at http://babytel.ca – they have a very good VOIP service. I have used them for the greater part of the past 5 years. Compare their VOIP phone plans to your Telus or Shaw’s VOIP offering and you’ll likely find that it’s pretty excellent. You can call forward a babytel line to anywhere as well, so if you wanted to point it to your Skype account when you travel etc. it can be done.

      Cheers – Thanks for visiting my blog.

      David W.

  9. Randall J

    Friday, August 7th, 2009

    Hey David,
    Les[.net] got back to [me]… apparently Firefox doesn’t sync. well with there website. Everything looks good from here. I checked out Babytel, if this turns out to be problematic I’ll definitely give them a try. Anyways, thanks so much for the info here. I probably wouldn’t have even tried to do any of this if I didn’t notice your blog.
    I’ll let you know if there is any problems.
    Thx again.
    RJ

  10. Frank C.

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

    @Randall J Call forwarding works great on Link2VoIP now. I use it all the time!

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