I’ve started with a new company that’s looking to save money and can’t afford something like the Cisco UC520 or Alloworx 6x. They want those features but can’t spend that money (typical story, I know).
So I’d like to give Asterisk a shot. And after many years of interest I finally have an opportunity.
So I have a few questions.
I know I can download Asterisk Now and get started, but how about the phones? Should I go on eBay ($40 phones on ebay goo.gl/2Stp) or craigslist and look for 2 cheap ip phones so I can at least call into the system and play with some features? Is there a softphone, so I don’t have to spend that money?
Any issues running AskteriskNow in vmWare so I don’t have to scavenge old hardware for testing?
We currently don’t have any phone coming to the building and won’t have anything for a about 5 weeks (we just signed a contract with MegaPath for T1 data/voice today). We are getting 5 SIP trunks. But before that happens, how can I make outbound calls to test the system? Skype maybe?
UPDATE: Russ @ #asterisk on FreeNode suggest Teliax. $10 outlay for about 500 to 1,000 minutes of testing.
My goal is to setup a small working AsteriskNow system with 2 phones and show off the features to my boss and staff. Any ideas on a tight budget is greatly appreciated!