Does anyone here actually have a softphone?

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I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to play an MP3 into a phone line.
  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    I'm very confused on what it is you have and what you are trying to do.

    "softphone" is just software that can be run on another device, right?

    Are you talking about being on the phone, and then running a play button on it to play something like an itunes song at the same time?
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      I'm very confused on what it is you have and what you are trying to do.
      Sorry.

      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      "softphone" is just software that can be run on another device, right?
      A softphone is software running on your PC which lets you use your mic+speakers to connect to the "real" telephone network, to make and receive phone calls.

      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      Are you talking about being on the phone, and then running a play button on it to play something like an itunes song at the same time?
      Pretty much, yes. The button would likely be in the operating system, such as a switch that lets you use an output as an input, and then the MP3 player's output would be sensed by the softphone's input.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Ahh, so you want a direct bridge into the phone port, as opposed to just playing the mp3 on the computer while the phone is on.

        Looks like people were trying to figure this out 3 years ago, so there must be an app for it.
        MP3 PLAYER SOFTPHONE .NET 9.2.0 - Free download
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    Thank you.
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      • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
        Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

        Agreed; thanks! I sorta forgot that Skype can act as an actual phone.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

          Agreed; thanks! I sorta forgot that Skype can act as an actual phone.
          LOL, I had to actually look up "soft phone" believe it or not.

          And then I started thinking about the good old days (over 10 years ago) when I was using vonage.

          I did just get a googlevoice # last week - which I believe would be considered a soft phone as well.


          I realized my voicemail sounds like poop. I may need to fix that here.

          Thanks for giving me something else to put on my todo list. lol
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          • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
            Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

            LOL, I had to actually look up "soft phone" believe it or not.

            And then I started thinking about the good old days (over 10 years ago) when I was using vonage.

            I did just get a googlevoice # last week - which I believe would be considered a soft phone as well.
            Yip! I'd actually forgotten about that; I would've just hired you for this had you reminded me. (Now I remember your thread about getting a specific phone number, but for some odd reason, you never told us what it was.)

            So, thanks to your help, and those three resources, I was able to successfully take care of the client. I had recorded this for him a few months ago, and he wanted to keep the message when he changed providers, but they weren't allowing him to upload the MP3 as we did before:


            Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

            I realized my voicemail sounds like poop. I may need to fix that here.

            Thanks for giving me something else to put on my todo list. lol
            Eh, I'll just do it for you, no charge, in appreciation for your kind help here. Just let me know what you want it to say, etc.
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            • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
              Did his message come out nice and clear when you call it from a regular (cell) phone?
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              • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
                Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

                Did his message come out nice and clear when you call it from a regular (cell) phone?
                Yes, just as clear as if it was recorded live.

                Frankly, that was going to be the next step if we couldn't figure this out, to simply record it verbally, as the system intended it. But this client had been very precise about how each phrase was to be delivered, and it was better to use the same MP3 that we had used previously, rather than going through several potential cycles of adjustments.
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