Phone calls from laptop

JD jd1008 at
Tue Jul 20 17:01:40 UTC 2010

  On 07/20/2010 08:29 AM, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> On Monday, July 19, 2010 23:57:52 Bill Davidsen wrote:
>>> My laptop has a internal modem and RJ-11 connector. I want to connect
>>> the phone line to the laptop and by using head phones I want to make
>>> calls. How to do this? Is there any software available to do this?
>> Log onto Google Voice and use the help feature. I searched using something
>> like "VOIP via SIP on Linux" or similar. A few pages in was a set of
>> replies to a question with all details on getting sipphone account and
>> client, etc.
> I think people are repeatedly misinterpreting OP's question here. As I
> understood the OP, he wants to use a computer to emulate an ordinary analog
> phone device. Nothing VoIP, SIP or otherwise Internet-related.
> Imagine he doesn't even have any Internet connection. A computer which is
> completely off-line, connected to a phone landline via modem, and acting as a
> regular, ordinary phone --- it rings when someone tries to call, it dials
> outgoing calls, and converts audio input/output into electric signals like a
> normal phone would. Maybe even act as an answering machine (recording voice
> messages), a fax machine, and such.
> While I can only imagine *why* the OP would ever want this kind of thing, I
> believe this could be possible in principle, provided that the modem can send
> arbitrary analog signal over the wire. If his hardware is ok, it's just a
> question of whether there is any software that implements this behavior.
> I have no answer, but would also be quite curious to know myself. :-)
> HTH, :-)
> Marko
I think the op who posted confirmed this when I posted a similar reply
to people who were suggesting VoIP ans SIP.
Also, I sent that op links that provided exactly what he was looking for,
and only one of them was a Linux solution.

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