Using iPhone Media 5 as a FreePBX extension

I wanted to setup extensions on my Free PBX system. This will allow me to transfer calls to different users, fantastic. I am not keen on spending extra cash in extra handsets, I am keen to use mobile phones we already have as our extensions, I can only talk to one person at a time. The technical word I need is soft phone. I can also use these types of phone through a laptop too.

Before I used the soft phone, I found the blog post Using Android with FreePBX – a SIP extension for free really helpful

We have iPhones I am advised that the. X-Lite is great on Android phone and PC but it won’t work in background on iPhone.  By background, I mean when the app isn’t active – so potentially no incoming calls.

Instead we are using Media5-fone Pro VoIP SIP Mobile Softphone, it is the unique SIP Softclient with Wideband and HD Voice Audio Quality for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, it requires Requires iOS 4.3 or later. The Media5 Facebook page has up to date information about the product too.

You install the Media5 fone on your iPhone like any other app. When you open the app it looks like you are using a normal handset, except the Media5 phone is linked to your FreePBX. You can still come away from the app and use your mobile phone as usual.

Linking the Media5 fone to the FreePBX was easy. I had to enter my username (extension) and password / secret and was away.