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Is it possible to use my Mac as a phone on a landline?

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 4:57 pm
by gryz
Essentially, I would like to use my Macintosh as my telephone with a regular AT&T landline.

That is I want the sound to come out my mac speakers and my microphone to transmit my voice.

I would like to get rid of my Desk Telephone and just use my Mac.

Is this possible with Phone Amego?

If not, are there other solutions anyone is aware of ?

I found a couple of others out there but they were both discontinued....

Best Wishes to All!

Re: Is it possible to use my Mac as a phone on a landline?

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:26 pm
by psichel_adm
There's no good way to do this with a conventional landline. My suggestion would be to consider a VoIP service provider and run a softphone on your computer. There's more information here:

http://www.sustworks.com/pa_guide/inter ... rvice.html

My favorite solution is to replace your old landline with a good VoIP phone that supports HD voice (like a Yealink SIP-T22P). The result is better than using your Mac as a speakerphone and allows full integration with your Mac.

Kind Regards,

- Peter

Re: Is it possible to use my Mac as a phone on a landline?

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:12 pm
by gryz
Thanks for that. However I have a constraint of having to use the landline.

Do you understand why this is difficult to do?

Cheers,

Larry

Re: Is it possible to use my Mac as a phone on a landline?

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:59 am
by psichel_adm
Do you understand why this is difficult to do?


You would need a USB voice modem and compatible driver. The market has moved on so these are difficult to acquire and there's little demand.

Kind Regards,

- Peter

Re: Is it possible to use my Mac as a phone on a landline?

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 3:47 pm
by gryz
Now I understand :(

I found one place that has something but it's kind of expensive.

Thanks for your help and advice!

Cheers,

Larry