Could anyone help me with configuring any Linux softphones for use with SIP betamax services? In Windows, I was using 12voip.com to make calls and send SMS. However I have failed to correctly configure Linphone and Ekiga so far. All the instructions in Internet seem to relate to old versions of Ekiga. I have also tried the original 12voip (Betamax) client with Wine, it installs, runs but fails to log in. Thanks, guys!

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Install Ekiga from software center then run it and edit account information . Enter registrar to sip.12voip.com, your username (put the same in account name), and your password.

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  • This is a screenshot of what program? – texnic Jun 15 '11 at 13:06
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    "Install Ekiga from software center" First sentence, @texnic. – Thomas Ward Aug 3 '11 at 18:52
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    Well, in my Ekiga the "Edit account" dialogue looks different, that's why I thought I might be missing something. For example, my one asks for a User and an Authentication User. May be it's hidden under "More options" in the screenshot, but I don't have a "less options" button. The problem is, I have already tried everything mentioned here and it still doesn't work. That's why I am trying to eliminate any differences. Please don't get annoyed with me, I am annoyed with this problem for months myself already, have always to switch to Windows to make a call :( – texnic Aug 12 '11 at 13:32

You can use empathy for sip protocol as well. You need to add telepathy-sofiasip package.

Just do

sudo apt-get install telepathy-sofiasip libtelepathy-farsight0 python-tpfarsight

And in accounts section add your information.

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  • This done... However, how do I now make a call? In which format should I enter the phone number if my provider is 12voip.com (12voip.com/en/sipp.html) – texnic Jun 15 '11 at 13:23
  • @texnic: SIP is a bit like an Email client. To set it up, you need to know your username/password/server and of course your email address so that people can reply to you. But when you make a call you dial the other people's telephone number. – sladen Aug 3 '11 at 15:04
  • @sladen: In which format do I enter the phone number? Starting with +? – texnic Aug 12 '11 at 13:28

Slfphone is simple for use and it is working properly on Ubuntu 13.04 and connects to 12voip easily. It can be installed from Software Center.

These are the settings:

  • alias my_alias
  • Protocol – SIP
  • Host name: sip.12voip.com
  • User name: voip_user_name
  • Password: voip_password
  • Proxy: sip.12voip.com
  • User agent: SFLphone

On advanced settings, enable Using STUN and put:

STUN server URL: stun.12voip.com

Hope it helps.


This works for me with Ekiga 4.0.1 and 12voip (I'm translating so the actual text in the GUI might be somewhat different)

  • Name: account-name-whatever-you-want
  • Register server: sip.12voip.com
  • User: yourusername@sip.12voip.com
  • Authentication user: yourusername
  • Password: yourpassword
  • Timeout: default-3600-is-fine
  • Check Enable account
  • OK
  • Wait until it says Registered in the Accounts dialog

To place a call just dial the number and it should autocomplete to something like sip:numberwithinternationaldialingcode@sip.12voip.com

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