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Listen to Podcasts on Asterisk – Takes 30 seconds!

May 3rd, 2009 No comments

What is podlinez.net?

Podlinez is a free service that lets you listen to podcasts on your phone by calling a regular land line phone number.

For example, if you call 1 (415) 376-7253 from any phone, you will hear the CNN podcast.

Get a complete list of podcast numbers from their website:
http://www.podlinez.net

We are all about SIP and VoIP here so PSTN numbers aren’t that impressive. I’ll show you
how to connect to podlinez via SIP bypassing the PSTN. With SIP, you can listen to podcasts
on your Asterisk system without the need to place a PSTN call. No phone line needed!

The Concept:

Since podlinez supports SIP we are going to configure Asterisk to take any number begining with *763(POD) and direct it to the podlinez SIP proxy server. You can of course change *763 to whatever you wish.

Step One:

Non FreePBX users: add the following to your /etc/asterisk/extensions.conf

exten => _*763.,1,Dial(SIP/${EXTEN:4}@podlinez.net)

Free PBX users: add the following to your /etc/asterisk/extensions_custom.conf

[from-internal-custom]
exten => _*763.,1,Dial(SIP/${EXTEN:4}@podlinez.net)

Step Two:

Reload asterisk: asterisk -rx reload

Enjoy a podcast:

1. Browse to http://www.podlinez.net to find the number of your favorite podcast

2. Dial: *763 and a the number of the podcast you wish to listen enjoy  excluding the country code 1.

3. Enjoy SIP podcasting goodness.

Please leve a comment and let me know how how this works for you.