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How to build your own phone company with WebRTC and Node.js

I’m reposting this article because it’s very cool and anybody can try it and probably succeed on their first attempt.

the title of the original article is Build your own phone company with WebRTC and a weekend. I added the Node.js part because it a core tool used to make the application happen.

I intend to give this a try before the end of this month, so if you try it before I do, let us know how you fared. With out further ado, here’s how the author started:

Maybe I have been working in the communications industry too long, but much of the usual telephone experience seems ridiculously antiquated to me. Using a string of digits as a user address? Anyone can call you for any reason they want whether I know them and want to speak to them or not? Of all of the telephony systems daily nuisances, I find conference calls to be the worst! The process of looking up a random string of digits to dial into a bridge, listen to the same repetitive prompts, and then needing to look up and enter another random string of digits drives me insane every time. I would prefer to just provide a user-friendly URL, like the chadwallacehart.com I own and to make my phone service available when I choose.

Also, a video option would be nice – sometimes. I like to do video calls with my parents so they can see my kids which means negotiating which video telephony service we will use first, usually via text message, based on who happens to be sitting in front of what device. Allowing multi-party video would be even better so I can let my kids have one camera to show off in the background and I can call in with another to have a real conversation.

There are many solutions out there for the problems above, but none of them allow me to “own” the solution and change it to fit my needs. Fortunately I know something about WebRTC and have rudimentary programming skills, so I set out to make my own phone service during the holiday break.

Read the complete article here.

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