This is an extreme nuubie question but I just got a couple of free numbers from Voxox and Freephoneline and they both seem to work great. But I was wondering if I should be able to get them to ring inside another software program, say that's better for my use. X-Lite seemed OK and there must be several others. But I guess I need the setup info to do that? Which they may or may not give me? Freephoneline charges $50 for it.
Then I got to thinking that why are they using them at all? Why not just supply a forwardable phone number that could ring your Skype account? Ring2me does that but their service is not reliable, sometimes they're online, sometimes not. But the concept seems brilliant. Why redo something that's done before? Skype has voicemail too and ring2me even shows the number of the person on Skype whether they leave a voicemail or not, just like a typical phone. All we need is that number that will ring our Skype or IM account of choice that we could answer anywhere in the world. I'm thinking only for incoming calling of course since its so easy to get free outgoing calling to North America with Gmail, those 2 and several others. And if your incoming line handles SMS that's a bonus since its way easier to type on a computer keyboard than some microscopicly small cell phone one.
Basically we have 3 ways of communicating: Text, Audio and Video. Text would include email, SMS/text messaging from cell phones, Instant Messaging from chat websites, and fax. Audio could be from a typical landline, cellphone or VOIP. Video is pretty much only instant messaging.