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, 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 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 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.