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I would like to use Empathy for Internet voice chat, but I do not see an option under the Empathy Accounts menu to create a SIP account.

How do I set up Internet voice calling in Empathy?

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I think you need telepathy-sofiasip package installed – sagarchalise Apr 28 '11 at 14:31
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In 13.04 (and presumably 12.10), telepathy relies on rakia instead of sofiasip, and you need the Ubuntu account SIP module. In other words :

sudo apt-get install telepathy-rakia account-plugin-sip
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Thanks! I'm on 13.04 and this was definitely the solution. – karlingen May 29 '13 at 18:06

According to you need to install the telepathy-sofiasip from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Then, you will be able to add SIP accounts to Empathy from the list of protocols in the Empathy Accounts dialog.

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This was a correct answer, but 12.10 took away the accounts dialog and replaced it with something that doesn't seem to detect telepathy-sofiasip – Asa Ayers Dec 3 '12 at 16:18
I also have a problem with 12.10: I was able to setup my SIP account from the account list, but when I try to start a call, I have to select a contact, I can not enter a sip: URL directly. On the other hand, the only available contacts are my google-chat contacts, and I can not add contacts to the SIP account :-( – Pierre-Antoine Dec 5 '12 at 15:55

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