How Do I Make Phone Calls Through My iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jetheat, May 17, 2009.

  1. Jetheat macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    This may sound odd, but I have a perfectly good landline phone sitting next to my iMac.

    However, I prefer to speak and listen (handsfree) through my iMac.

    Is there a way that I can make and receive phone calls on my Mac.

    I know i can use Skype, but I want to make and receive calls which come in on my regular home phone landline.

    Do I need a special router or something else?

    I'm in the UK.

    Any ideas/suggestions?

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You can send and receive faxes using the Apple USB Modem, but I don't know of a way to connect for voice calls. I'd be interested to see if anyone else has any suggestions.

    I know you don't want to use Skype, but one alternative might be to purchase a SkypeIn number for the purpose. I'm not sure if you're aware of that aspect of the service, so I thought I'd mention it.

    Apologies for the possibly-useless reply.
  3. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    IF I understand VOIP correctly (and it may well turn out that I don't :eek:), it's possible that you could route your landline to Skype. It's not exactly what you're asking, since it includes an extra step (Skype), but it may serve your purposes.

    Take a look at this and see if maybe I'm right.
  4. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    i know through BT you can get something called Fusion which is where you link your mobile phone up with your wireless and make calls from the mobile over voip. I know this isn't what you are looking for but maybe another option? BT use the O2 and the Vodafone networks.
  5. Jetheat thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    All good answers but I think it's not exactly as I want.

    I'm looking for a way to keep my existing Landline number and receive/make calls on that number yet have those calls coming in through my computer in addition to my landline.

    So although I can get an additional Skype number, that wont show outgoing calls as being through my landline number, nor will it receive calls on my landline number.

    Any ideas?

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