Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

April 12, 2013

free SIP VSP also providing actually-free iNUm or more

Filed under: CIO,DARPA,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 1:20 pm

NO deposit/funding required to acquire iNum && free incoming-SIP & free outgoing-SIP

  • Receive calls via iNum,
  • SIP Broker,
  • Sonetel PSTN gateway,
  • callThru
  • gratisdid.
  • Some IP PBX
    • voicemail
    • voicemail to email
    • IVR
      • 10 single digit slots, 1 timeout
        • extension
        • annoucement
        • other IVR
        • SIP URI
      • TTS default menu text
      • timeout cannot hangup
  • transports: UDP
  • STUN:
  • CSipSimple listed: World wide providers – > Sonetel
  • android mmi trauma
  • registration server
  • sonetel_incoming_calls__free_inum
  • 10% share encourages affiliate interweb spamming trickery and junk email ūüė¶


Sagacious 130412 Himself


January 1, 2013

voip sms: gouging carriers begin haemorrhaging :  SMS to SIP, SIP to SMS (using SIP SIMPLE (MESSAGE)), SMS to email, sms to http [get], SMS web ui : SMS to SIP, SIP to SMS (using SIP SIMPLE (MESSAGE)), SMS to email, SMS web ui

voip.MS : SMS to email, SMS web ui

sms to xmpp, xmpp to sms — using ‘randomized’ resources


there are several VSPs with functional beta systems who wish to remain nameless

Himself being Sagacious


August 10, 2011

foiling baseless debt collection calls

Filed under: social engineering,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 11:10 am

This article ought be applied only to those situations where one does not-actually owe the claimed debt.  Verizon creative-billing has generated a few irritating collections encounters.

basic rules:

Debt collectors MUST

* show true callerid information
* honestly identify themselves when called party inquires
* cease calling you/writing you after you instruct them they may only communicate with your attorney (lawyer).  you must provide contact information
* “provide the nature of their business” when you inquire by phone.
** you are not required to identify yourself to obtain this information from them

Debt collectors may NOT

* impersonate another when contacting either you, or someone they believe might know how to contact you
* use callerid_number that you cannot call to reach them
* use callerid_name that obscures their identity

When calling a debt collector it is PRUDENT to:

* RECORD the conversation

while it might be illegal in your state to record the call without consent, do so anyway.¬† the conversation might then be “inadmissable” as evidence in court.¬† “oh noes”.

Notify them at the start of the call that you are recording them (if they object courteously inform them you do not care and these are your terms to communicate with them about the alleged debt, or inform them that requires manager approval)

My voip provider allows me to record outgoing calls by first dialing a code:   code + number.   My provider also has a feature to record all/some incoming calls.

* keep copious written notes

insist on the full name, employee number, and phone number of whomever.  if they refuse inform them these are your terms and terminate the call.  Without accountability you will suffer phone run around.

* provide them as LITTLE information as possible

Remember any customer service call where the agent simply repeated one or more phrases?  You, too, can control the conversation by providing no new information no matter how many ways the question is phrased to you.

they called you.  they likely provided an account number or reference number.  you mission is to collect information about the reference number NOT to provide them information.  provide nothing, request everything.

colxn: “This call is for Miss Smith regarding reference XTR-14m3. please call 800-142-8686”

call them back via SIP free tollfree termination

you: “I received a call from this numbah.¬† What is the nature of your business, and what is your physical location.”

provide nothing until these two are ascertained.  optionally make allusion to having a reference number for compliance motivation.

you: “I am calling in regards to reference XTR-l4m3.¬† Explain your claim”

provide nothing other than: the reference number, the time you were called, and a verbatim quote from the message.  repeat your inquiry.  Pretend you are a mouth breather in verizon customer service.  do NOT vary your responses: repeat yourself often.

* retain an attorney (lawyer)

direct debt collector to attorney.  they MAY NOT contact you directly from this point forward.  they MUST only communicate with your attorney.

* contact EVERYONE you have ever listed as an “emergency contact” on any form — especially medical (new doctor/patient)

advise/remind them NOT to volunteer information about you in writing- or over the phone.¬† this should be super-obvious already, but “social” networking sites seem to sap IQs.

* DISCONTINUE providing “alternate contacts” or “emergency” information on forms.¬†¬† It is ONLY used for debt collection

If the bunker nazi (front office clerk) at a medical facility “requires” the form be “completed”

** draw a line through the boxes, or
** put your own IDENTICAL information in the boxes, or
** fabricate a person:¬† Uncle John Smith, 202-167-8080¬† (fourth digit always “1” makes the number invalid).¬† rules apply.¬† do not suck the innocent into the fabrication.

* buy yourself a forwarding number to use on medical forms, new account forms, or anywhere you would enter your home/mobile/office number.

If you start receiving irritating calls buy another forwarding number, cancel the prior number, and only inform those people with whom YOU WANT to communicate the new number… ideally next time YOU interact with those people in person.


* withhold your callerid

not possible with mere star-code prefix dialing.  toll free DID have ANI magic.  be wary of their non-tollfree DID, too

I use SIP “free tollfree termination”

* if not outright ditching their calls consider routing them through a hellish IVR… IVR tarpitting

both voxeo and plum have excellent, free tools for VISUALLY designing an IVR.¬† disable DTMF (touch tone) options, requiring ASR (speech recognition).¬† “accidentally” misspell the keywords for ASR



* out them on a new-blog

especially beneficial for “debts” you do not owe.

* post the phone call recordings

be sure to edit out YOUR personal (financial) information


additional bookmarkified resources

step 8, step 9, step 10

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June 16, 2011

obi110 obitalk pain obihai retardation: analog phone required or FAIL

Filed under: BULLSHIT,DARPA,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 10:16 am


obi110 allegedly a SIP device **REQUIRES** an analog phone to connect it to online service??



There is no way to authenticate

  • the **internet** device from its control panel
  • over the internet
  • to the internet service website??

fire the meth addicts

What does the analog phone do?  When a star code is dialed

  • the internet device triggers a connection
  • over the internet
  • to the internet service

To what end?

It provides information unique to this instance of the device that demonstrates control of the device.  Is not the MAC address information unique to this instance of the device?  or serial number?  Why can one not perform this authentication SANS analog phone?

no joy.. obi high on meth:

Interesting that this vexatious step is neither mentioned in sales propaganda nor in their obitalk configuration instructions:

there are plenty of detailed instructions how to connect the obi110 to privacy raping googlevoice

I look forward to unboxing a WRT54GS — happily retired in the garage — to provide the internets to my irksome obi110 near an analog phone as bringing an analog phone to obi110 will cause hours of reconfiguration joy once power is terminated.

When a firmware update is available

  • the internet device receives a communication
  • over the internet
  • from the internet service and shows a graphic in the internet device control panel

clue challenged?

Both obitalk and the obi110 are from the people who originally developed the wildly popular sipura ATAs.  This glaring oversight (*cough* laziness *cough*) is stunning.


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May 26, 2011

verizon 3G private address space woes? sigh.. vpn for temp fix?

Filed under: voip — Sagacious Himself @ 2:34 pm

PPTP vpn android for some slight joy?

lazy temp fix for verizon 3G private address space woes


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April 30, 2011

verizon wireless issuing private ip addresses to 3g customer, NAT joy, MIA packets and gross ineptitude … fraudulent enticement

fraudulent enticement” : is the phrase for those pitching class action suits to such law firms.


Part 2, draft 1

verizon staff, even senior tech staff [not network], cannot seem to understand that “private:public” is ONE distinction of ip addresses and that “dynamic:static” is another distinction.¬† Several people now have approached verizon wireless with the problem that their handset, the phone itself, is receiving a private ip address instead as before a public ip address (internet ip address, or public routable, or insert colloquialism here) on the 3g ppp0 interface.¬† The joy for “smart” phone users is Port Restricted Cone NAT.¬† It is a great way to break voip and vpn functionality of the device.¬† NAT per se is not the issue; user non-configurable “feature” is the problem.¬† Additional complexity is introduced by VZW denying addressing scheme. (

Not sure you and your mobile station are in this private address space wan facing boat?¬† IF android: Grab “STUN client” application, pick any functional STUN server from the drop down, and perform the test.¬† At the bottom of the results will be the name of your 3g interface, in my case ppp0, and the associated ip address, in my case 10.n.155.n

STUN client: appbrain:¬† I can provide the apk if you have opted to disable google “features” by not adding a gmail address to your handset.

The comical troubleshooting one must initially endure is the assertion that if the web browser is working the data network is working perfectly.¬† Out of order packets don’t noticeably affect web browsers; out of order packets are very bad for voip.¬† Lost packets aren’t bad for TCP web browsers; Lost packets are very bad for UDP voip conversations.

“The [3g] ip address on the phone is ONLY for talking to our towers”

Oh really? **  Wait it gets better:

“[3g ip addresses are] not for talking to third party services on the internet”

yes, verizon really made that delightful claim.

“are you saying I’m stupid?” No, based on the call recording I heard this guy is clearly grossly ignorant and not suited to a network support department.

“If the data isn’t working it’s the third party software you’re using”

‘software can control your side of the network? please walk me through how I access that manually’

‘if web pages are timing out is it the fault of the web browser?’¬† .. “no” .. distinction failure continues

Various analogies are drawn to soho nat…

“you have to understand your ip address is dynamic” ..

uh huh. what’s that to do with it now being private address space and the evil of network address translation whereas recently the 3g interface was _dynamically_ issued from a public address space?

Let’s compare the dhcp class of this handset with the dhcp class of another handset.¬† Awkward silence.¬† Even their unassailable network people don’t have access to this information.¬† Scary.

“you might need to create a new rule in your corporate firewall”

How does that effect my phone?¬† There is nothing I control between my handset and the tower.¬† I’m not even using a rooted phone with a software firewall with this issue.

We all commiserate there is little point pushing this issue up the food chain by voice with non-business class accounts… especially with the appalling terminology dearth and concept fail.

Stuck with a private ip address?  Too bad.  Suffer but please continue to pay us.

All silly suggestions to contact the manufacturer of the phone, or the developer of VoIP product x or y ought be ignored.¬† The manufacturer of a handset that speaks CDMA (or lte), for verizon wireless, will direct all questions pertaining to the network back to verizon.¬† The software is not relevant to this issue — it merely MANIFESTS (or indicates) that there is an issue, and if you are voip familiar you recognize quickly the flavor of NAT involved.

“Perhaps you should contact google”

Yeah, that’ll work out so well.¬† Sadly no longer employed by a multinational, multibillion dollar venture group I don’t wield that kind of power any more, so no thanks I’ll try bashing your head against the wall instead.¬† It’s nice to have memories of seeing microsoft, [phone co], and intel dance to make me happy.. I mean work to find a solution to a problem with stuff.

Expect VoIP to FAIL and FAIL BADLY.¬† There’s a reasonable chance of VPN pain in your near future.¬† But at least your browser works, right?

It may be a secret top down plan to sell static ip addresses as that has been repeatedly suggested as a ‘solution’.

Please share your verizon wireless fun [pain].¬† I have several phone conversations from several people in my allegedly small boat in WAV — VoIP allows call recording for claim consistency purposes.¬† Consider capturing all your CS phone calls; it’s easy with viatalk (roll your own asterisk people have a few buttons to mash).


See post on “google port-OUT .. revisionist history” for voip/itsp recommendations.¬† Also consider PIAF vitelity endorsement.¬† Additionally try TLS nightlies of CSIPsimple.¬† Howardforums has luminaries worth consulting.



* VoIP : udp sip
** Although it could be an unqualified¬† reference to pg 5 of VZW document [Verizon Wireless Private Network whitepaper] — section 3.1 grasps the public:private and dynamic:static distinctions. A static IP address is available without having a business account. Section 3.8: “static IP — verizon wireless hosted” as opposed to “static IP — verizon business hosted” makes further distinctions. Dynamic Mobile Network Routing exchanges tower-calls for voip calls.¬† Any claim by Verizon Wireless that a static IP address [on non-business account] would cost $500 reveals gross ineptitude by the agent.¬† It is obvious that the agent is phrase searching and landed on section 3.8 “verizon wireless private network setup fee”.¬† There are a number of circumventions to verizon wireless [tortial interference] ranging from irksome to vexatious.. but VZW provoked Proof of Concept circumvention necessity.
*** upselling:  CradlePoint CBA250, CadlePont CTR500, CadlePont PHS300 :

EDIT: 110701

addendum: verizon 5+ gb throttling easily circumvented without modifying system files.. hahaha delightfully simple change to system!  (requires SuperUser)

edit 2:

learn to speak verizonese:  CGN

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March 20, 2011

must have android application for hold sanity

Filed under: android,CIO,Concept,DARPA,How To,SoftWare,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 9:20 am

Sure, mid conversation one could mash the speaker button and switch the call to speakerphone while on hold

…. but there is a f/OSS application [on google code] that uses the proximity sensor to do this automatically for you.¬† What’s more is has a toggle switch to engage only when phone is set upon a mostly horizontal surface:

Take phone from face, set on table… voila speakerphone on hold



there be one gui bug: speaker button does not illuminate when the application toggles speakerphone on by proximity sensor

Plays well with IMSdroid


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February 18, 2011

SMS forwarding VSP ITSP VoIP everywhere soon

Filed under: CIO,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 12:55 pm

Hop on the SMS sunami

If your VSP / ITSP / VoIP provider does not offer SMS forwarding (DID to mobile) find one that does as that’s a new capability litmus test.

Demand at least

  • DID_SMS to mobile phone
  • DID_SMS to email
  • SIP-XMPP one to one
  • SIP-XMPP many to many
  • DID_SMS to SIP/SIMPLE text chat
  • optionally

    DID_SMS to broadcast group

    DID_SMS to audio file (POST, email, IM attach)

    DID_SMS to broadcast voicecall


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    October 2, 2009

    Hazaa! how to disable SIP ALG on Westell 9100

    Filed under: CIO,Hackery,How To,social engineering,verizon circumvention,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 4:26 pm

    Hazaa how to disable SIP ALG on Westell 9100em

    ZERO help from verizon on this topic: ZERO help via phone, ZERO help via email, ZERO help via live chat, ZERO help via forum, ZERO help via paper mail.  All verizon avenues assert it is not possible to disable the SIP ALG in the 9100em westell.  Errrn! wrong.

    Export conf, edit file, load conf, reboot.

    configuration file
    save configuration file

    remove ONE line: (alg(sip_udp))
    save changes to file

    configuration file
    load configuration file

    For a little more sanity modify the 9100em SIP service definition from only ONE UDP port, 5060, to include expected defaults-¬† or YOUR SIP and RTP ports.. you’ll be redefining the 9100 SIP service to be voip service as creating your own voip service definition will not suffice — thanks verizon for making “open” RG “better”.

    Yes, delightfully you will be making multiple modifications in several locations in the config file: service, meh why ruin your fun you can find the rest right?  protocol(17) = UDP  protocol(6) = TCP.  For a little more joy craft some advanced filters (firewall settings, yes, advanced filtering) to allow traffic in, Initial Rules, from your ITSP server(s) or otherwise with the SIP/RTP ports you use. Enable rules logging to verify, syslog daemon preferred, but do not leave enabled.

    Tested against
    9100em hardware revision A
    9100em hardware revision D

    Only functional SIP ALG exists with Cisco (not linksys) and Juniper networks.¬† By default every NAT’ing device sold in a big box store has similar piss poor NAT.¬† PFsense for everyone!

    @ verizon fios

    Now that I have your attention.. I would like an option to receive an IPA lease from a netblock without correlation to my geographic position.  (this is not challenging for you to implement).  GeoIP location violates privacy and deters confident exercise of freedom of speech.

    It would also be super to buy an additional IPA since this device was designed with that in mind.¬† That’d be easier than the solution for multi IPA I employ now which I won’t outline.

    * 2010 update: the least painful way to escape fios cpe SIP ALG is to use SIP ports _other_ than 5060 on server (or proxy).  DEMAND your ITSP/VSP offer such ports or upgrade to one that does [viatalk].  DEMAND your VSP support SIP TCP & TLS.

    * Sept 26 2010:  actual Cisco NAT & ALG
    NAT Optimized SIP Media Path with SDP


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    March 17, 2009

    goog-411 disingenuous about caller ANI – caller id blocking fruitless

    Filed under: CIO,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 6:22 am
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    google free 411 disingenuous about caller ANI

    using star codes to block caller id will NOT prevent an ANI enabled line from fetching your information.

    If you choose to connect to a business through the GOOG-411 service, your caller ID information will become visible to that business. We do not share your information with anyone except in the limited circumstances as outlined in our [alleged] privacy policy.

    To avoid having any information associated with your phone number in the future, just block your caller ID before you call. With many phone services, you can do this by dialing *67 before the phone number. In most cases, you can also block your number through the menus on your mobile phone. For specific details on how to block your caller ID, contact your service provider. [be sure not to ask them about ‘Automatic Number Identification’]

    “we won’t harvest your caller-id using ANI, honest, even if you block it, cuz we can’t see it then, but we’ll be able to pass it onto the next party”

    google: powered by hippies with new money

    more amusing: goog-411 sucks in comparison to microsoft’s offering: 800-2255-411 (800-CALL-411)

    try it: or with one of these SIP URI

    other free toll free termincation providers

    don’t like gizmo/skype?¬† is a pure flash (to you) SIP client

    worship at the google altar? dial away otherwise use the SIP URI for goog to try it without being tracked and catalogged.

    February 5, 2009

    voip VSP behind NAT best results

    Filed under: CIO,DARPA,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 4:03 am

    voip sip VSP behind NAT

    for best results use a built of DD-WRT with MilkFish (or DIY with OpenWRT)

    take it to the next level with MilkFish and a (free) hosted PBX service


    for more fun grab the latest orgasmatron from PBX in a Flash

    ViaTalk growth pains me

    Filed under: CIO,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 3:48 am
    Tags: , ,

    painful using new ViaTalk

    Oldschool ViaTalk is less vexing to use than VoicePulse behind NAT. ¬†However the ‘new’ (secret) ViaTalk servers are painful to setup behind NAT — some NAT flavors more so than others. ¬†Once their old servers evaporate so will much of their patronage.

    Of their almost cutting edge feature set call record (*99) is the most amusing. ¬†“Your call may be recorded for quality control” is delightful to rave back at the automated attended that puts you on notice whenever you call into most customer server queues.. so that the people you’re calling will similarly be unable to revoke consent. ¬†Unfortunately it’s not very useful to have entire conversations archived on ViaTalk’s voicemail switch as it cannot be downloaded… easily. ¬†As most mail providers will choke on attachments greater than 20 megs.. as they should because email != FTP.. email is obviously not an option. ¬†There’s no sane reason not to offer WAV or FLAC downloads of voicemail, especially call recorded conversations, from the ViaTalk web control panel.

    Of the dozen VSPs I have toyed with ViaTalk has the most appealing feature set and seemingly responsive support people.  They, however, are oft on par with godaddy: barely read the message before firing back an irrelevant reply.

    ViaTalk does have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan which is great for those who like to tinker — which will be ESSENTIAL to create a reliable service. ¬†Future Nine supports the BYOD model but VoicePulse does not. ¬†Be sure to bring a device that allows user set dial plans of you’re in for a world of even more hurt. [The Obi110 is an excellent BYOD, but googlevoice is still evil]

    Viatalk though is merely SIP and *NOT* IAX(2).

    Both VoicePulse and ViaTalk have implementations of call filtering (never let that annoying person ring your line again) but ViaTalk makes redirecting calls to other numbers much easier.  VoicePulse only provides one number to forward to, which ViaTalk lets each rule forward to a number.

    grab a free DDI (free DID) and make use of the second port


    update: verizon’s walled garden gateway seems to actively sabotage some voip services with occasionally-disablable SIP ALG.¬† conf file mods not sufficient.. poking about in telnets [sic] might prove fruitful.

    @ Verizon¬† It seems you enjoy provoking class action lawsuits.. instead why not simply cease abusing customers :gasp: and lower prices.¬† It’ll be far less traumatic and definitely well received by customers.

    edit: overcome westwell sip alg for voip by connecting to the voip server on any port OTHER THAN 5060 (like 5062 or 5080)

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    getting to like the new Future Nine

    Filed under: CIO,DARPA,overview,voip — Sagacious Himself @ 3:35 am
    Tags: , ,

    like the new Future Nine

    as pay as you go goes Future Nine is the first VSP to focus on satisfying the customer AND integrating customer feedback into the service offering

    Sure their website looks like a highschool project from 1993 but their lead developer is very active in the forums which matter and is quick to respond to tickets

    They use EVIL google checkout, and ethically impaired Paypal. ¬†Also the minimum account funding is TEN dollars!! That’s a bit much for those who wish to purchase a DDI for $4

    On the upside one can forward other (free) DDI to the issued SIP URI, and have dialtone upon instant activation to place toll free calls, and comes with voicemail

    grab a free DDI (free DID) and receive incoming calls to help a developer community ūüėČ



    not a fan of Vonage : MCI tactics at their worst

    Filed under: voip — Sagacious Himself @ 3:25 am

    not a fan of Vonage

    Vonage works less poorly when connected directly to the ISP device.. leaving you to purchase another account to feed your house.  

    Receive “support” from an average joe who is receiving free vonage¬†service. ¬†Sure, his english is better than achmed, but he barely has a grasp on the interweb… though he’s less feckless than godaddy “support” staff.

    no thanks


    Blog at