- Oct 12, 2007
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Just a heads up for anyone that may be considering a GSM gateway for your PBX in a Flash server. This $150 unit is fantastic. We now have inbound and outbound calls working plus inbound and outbound SMS. And it all uses any extension on your PIAF server.
SETUP: You basically plug in a GSM SIM card (we've tested with StraightTalk's AT&T-compatible SIM card but any of the "WalMart GSM specials" or the T-Mobile pay-by-the day plans should work since you don't really need the data component), adjust a few default configuration settings on the GoIP to tell it where your Asterisk server resides and how you'd like to route inbound cellphone calls and how to handle SMS messages, add a FreePBX trunk to handle inbound and outbound calling via the GSM gateway and SMS messaging through your GoIP device, and in about 5 minutes you'll have a 24x7 GSM/Asterisk gateway and SMS messaging center.
We would have saved this surprise until the Nerd Vittles article appears, but it takes 2+ weeks to get delivery of the GoIP from China so... get in the queue. You're gonna love the flexibility and redundancy that this device provides.
Our plan is to build a complete SMS messaging solution using Google TTS and STT tools that will let you pick up a phone and dictate an SMS message for delivery to any phone number you key in. And when SMS replies are received, they will be delivered both by phone and email.
You can click on the image above to visit the eBay site of the vendor we used to order our unit. It arrived exactly 2 weeks after we placed the order.