I’m working on a voip/asterisk solution for a business in the Northwest Territories (in Canada), trying among other things to cut down their considerable long distance bill.
There’s quite a lack of voip providers that service this area (if you know of one I’d love to hear…Primus supposedly services us, but not SIP) and I was wondering if it’s possible/feasible to script AGI to use the cheap and plentiful long distance calling cards everyone uses up here?
The auto-attendant system on these cards vary for each of the calling card carriers (ie-Telus, Vox, Safeway, etc, etc) but they all basically operate like this: dial 800 access number>at prompt enter PIN>at next prompt dial your destination. Now it seems to me that there might be a way to use AGI such that I can buy a bunch of cards, manually input the pin numbers, such that when an office worker picks up an extension and dials long-distance, asterisk transparently does the calling card operation. Am I nucking futs or is this do-able?
I’ve spent the day looking for hooks on how to get around their +/- $10,000 a month long distance bill (I’m not joking), and I’ll scream if I find one more link that shows me how to setup my own calling card business in my basement. It might be relevant info as well, most of that ginormous LD bill is on LD calls within the province, so setting up a SIP gateway in Vancouver/Calgary/Timbuktu and buying voip service there doesn’t really solve it as 95+% of the calls would need to come back up to no man’s land dogsled territory up here in NWT.
Thanks for any ideas on this!