A VoIP service provider is a company that provides a service that lets you make phone calls over the internet. Another term for "VoIP service provider" is "Internet telephony service provider".
To use Bria or X-Lite, you need a VoIP service provider. It is not enough to have an Internet service provider (ISP), which is a provider that gives you access to the Internet.
To find a VoIP service provider, try searching for "voip service provider" in your web browser.
If you are a "home user" or SOHO (small office, home office) user, you want to select a VoIP service provider who supports SIP - for example, they must support "SIP softphones" or "SIP phone calls on your computer" or "SIP using a client".
We also have a shortlist of some recommended providers on our Blog, but any VoIP provider that follows SIP standards should be compatible with our services.
You do not need to look for a VoIP service that requires an adaptor or VoIP router or gateway device - all your "equipment" you need to use Bria (or X-Lite) to make phone calls is a computer and a headset.
Once you have signed up with a service provider, you will be given account credentials consisting of :
- A user name such as "6045551212" or "jsantos"
- A domain name such as "myvoipprovider.com"
- (You may be given these two credentials as one item such as firstname.lastname@example.org).
- A password
You may also be given one or two voicemail numbers:
- A voicemail number for retrieving voicemails
- A number for sending to voicemail.
- (If you are given only one number, it is probably the number for retrieving voicemails.)
You may also be given other network information such as:
- An "outbound proxy address", for example, 123.456.789.012
- A dial plan
- The address of a STUN or TURN server.
You will enter this information (if any is provided) into Bria (or X-Lite) when you configure it. Don't worry if you didn't receive every part of this information, it usually means that you don't need the specific part in question.