I am thinking about using Asterisk as an IVR for a project in Burundi, in a place where we often lose internet connection. I'd like the Asterisk server to deliver IVR calls through, say, an Android gateway connected to the local phone provider.

It's all about using Asterisk without the VoIP layer. Does someone have any experience with this?

  • What is "an Android gateway connected to the local phone provider"? – Michael Hampton Dec 19 '14 at 14:44
  • @MichaelHampton An Android smartphone with a local SIM card, on the same local network. – Michael Hulet Dec 20 '14 at 21:06
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    Nevermind Asterisk, is Android even capable of that? – Michael Hampton Dec 20 '14 at 21:35
  • @MichaelHampton Honestly I don't know yet. I have found this post stocksy.co.uk/articles/Networks/…, where a standard phone is paired to Asterisk via Bluetooth. It could perfectly suit our needs. – Michael Hulet Dec 22 '14 at 11:26
  • Take a look at chan_mobile which is a channel driver to use Bluetooth-connected phones as FXO devices; I remember using it with an iPhone but I wouldn't recommend using it in production though. chan_dongle might be a better option if you can buy compatible hardware. – user186340 Dec 26 '14 at 4:40

If you have landline you can use sip gate to convert your fxs to sip and then use it with chan_sip.

I use sipura spa3000(bought for $30 on aliexpress) at home with landline and asterisk to filter phone ads by IVR, get my voicemail to email etc.

Everything works pretty stable.

And for mobile network connection I'd rather use chan_celliax - no Bluetooth involved yet dirt cheap and should be reliable.

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