Wednesday, 22 September 2010

120 free days of calls to major cities, then rates at cheaper than SkypeOut

What a win! I've blogged about this before and even managed to get my DECT cordless phone to connect to the Internet and use this VoipBuster service

But really, if you aren't using VoipBuster to make international calls then you are paying too much. Free for 120 days then cheaper than SkypeOut rates.

Here's the freedays page that I always battle to find:

Amplify’d from
The Voip Buster
Free* calls with VoipBuster

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Not only can you call your online friends for free, VoipBuster also offers free* calls to any regular
land-line in various popular destinations (see panel).

To counter misuse of our network we have limited these free* calls for our trial users. If you want to enjoy
longer free* calls to these destinations, just top up your account by buying credit.

VoipBuster Freedays

Buying credit entitles you to 120 Freedays (unless stated otherwise). This means you can call
all countries marked as "Free" in our rates list for a period of 120
days at no costs. When the 120 days are over, the normal rate will
be charged for these destinations. You can get more Freedays by topping up your account with credit.

Fair Use and Restrictions

New users can try VoipBuster out for free for a total of 60 minutes. During this trial period you
can only call the destinations marked as free. Register your account by buying credit in
order to extend your free calls.

Registered users get max 300 minutes per week of free calls, measured over the last 7 days and per unique IP address.
Unused free minutes cannot be taken to the following week(s). If limit is exceeded the normal rates apply.
During your Freedays you can call all destinations listed as "Free" for free. When you have run out of Freedays,
the normal rates apply. You can get new Freedays by buying credit.


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

BlackBerry Bold WiFi connection problems solved

I have been looking all over for solutions to my problem connecting my BlackBerry 9700 Bold to my wireless router at home (using WPA2 security). 

I checked the BB Bold’s specifications here: and found that it could support a lot of WiFi security: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP or AES), PEAP, LEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, EAP-TTLS, EAP-SIM

I tried a lot of settings but I kept on getting the error: “failed to associate with the network”.
Eventually, I found the problem by chance – I tried playing with the router’s wireless mode (thanks to a posting on the CrackBerry forums).  I changed it from 802.11b+g to 802.11g.. in doing that the Channel changed from “Channel 13 (2.472 GHz)” to “Channel 1 (2.412 GHz)” and all of a sudden it started working!  Problem solved :)

So, here’s the solution in case anyone else has problems connecting the BlackBerry to a wireless router.

I have a Billion Bipac 7300GA modem/router and I have set it up as follows:
Wireless Parameters tab:
Mode: 802.11b+g
ESSID: MyWirelessSSID [can be anything]
Hide ESSID: Enable [I don’t want to let my neighbours know that I have a router]
Regulation domain: Europe
Channel ID: Channel 1 (2.412 GHz) <<--- that was the problem as I had it set to “Channel 13” initially
WMM (QoS): Enable
WMM-APSD: Disable

Wireless Security tab:
Security mode: WPA2 Pre-Shared Key
WPA2 algorithm: AES
WPA2 shared key: mypassword [remember, this is case sensitive]
Group key renewal: 3600

imageI then used the BB’s WiFi manual setup menu: Options->WiFi->New->Next->Manually add network->Enter your SSID->Add->Security type: “Pre-shared key (PSK)” (this works for WPA and WPA2 since there is no WPAx option)
Then enter your “Pre-Shared Key”: mypassword  [this must be the same as router’s “WPA2 shared key”]
Then click the “Connect” button.


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