VOIP minutes vs. cell minutes on Mad Plum

I got dinged for going over my regular cell minutes last month so I'm trying to figure out how to make sure I use VOIP minutes to prevent that. I've installed CsipSimple and the VOIP dialer. Is there a way to keep track of how many minutes have been charged to the two categories? I have Mad Plum, btw. I'm trying to figure out how to set up the configuration on the VOIP: always available, available on WiFi or only for outgoing. Looking at my last invoice it seems like I have a fairly equal mix of incoming and outgoing. Any suggestions or tips, please?? TIA

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  • mhhmhh MVP 26
    If your phone is Android you can install RP Samara to see the cell and VOIP call minutes separately until R+ fixes the dashboard for Mad Plum.

    Keep in mind that ALL incoming calls are cell. SIP/VOIP/Fluidcall can only be used for outgoing calls. You might as well configure your SIP client to "only for outgoing" and not to listen for or answer incoming calls to save some battery.

    Set the SIP client to use mobile data if you want to. Don't expect it to work well unless you have great LTE data. Also, don't expect it to work while you are moving and switching cells.

    I prefer Zoiper.
    BeverlyVoIPFanRPakaLTD
  • markbmarkb Novice 2
    Download rp samara app. Use for outgoing 
    BeverlyVoIPFanRP
  • markbmarkb Novice 2
    edited January 10
    It shows breakdown of voip and regular minutes. I also use wechat and textnow apps for free wifi calls
  • jamielihjamielih Moderator 119
    To save on inbound minutes, after receiving a call, whenever reasonble to do so, ask the caller as soon as possible to hang up & wait for you to call back. Then, call the caller back with VoIP.
    BeverlyVoIPFanRPakaLTD
  • BeverlyBeverly Novice 0
    Thanks, everyone! Your answers really helped!!

  • BeverlyBeverly Novice 0
    Is there a way to import my contacts on CsipSimple?
  • mhhmhh MVP 26
    Beverly:
    Is there a way to import my contacts on CsipSimple?

    Don't know, but Zoiper uses the phone contacts - one of the reasons I prefer it.


    I have not spent much time learning all the ins and outs of CSIPSimple. Someone here probably knows.


    akaLTD
  • BeverlyBeverly Novice 0
    Thanks for the reply. I found out I could go to my contacts list to call someone and then the choice to use the cell minutes or VOIP was there. So that worked. Whew! 
    VoIPFanRP
  • mhhmhh MVP 26
    Beverly:
    Thanks for the reply. I found out I could go to my contacts list to call someone and then the choice to use the cell minutes or VOIP was there. So that worked. Whew! 

    Yeah, I don't have my CSIPSimple setup to integrate with the native dialer. It messes up the hands free bluetooth in the car. Zoiper uses the phone contacts without doing that.

  • I like zoiper.  Stays out of the way. Until you need it
  • Beverly:
    Is there a way to import my contacts on CsipSimple?
    All my contacts are in  CSipsimple but I don't know how,  Open CSipsimple dial pad and at bottom right it says txt touch that and it brings up my contacts and gives me choice of texting or calling. My phone has google voice and Hangouts and is signed in and synced with Google so maybe that is where CSipsimple grabbed the contact list.


    akaLTD
  • mhhmhh MVP 26
    liberal-peach-waved-machine-155700:
    All my contacts are in  CSipsimple but I don't know how,  Open CSipsimple dial pad and at bottom right it says txt touch that and it brings up my contacts...
    Hey, thanks, that works. I did not know that. I had assumed that the txt button was for sending texts that R+ Fluidcall does not do. CSIPSimple isn't as bad as I thought it was. Still not a great UI.


  • akaLTDakaLTD Moderator 99
    liberal-peach-waved-machine-155700:
    All my contacts are in  CSipsimple but I don't know how,  Open CSipsimple dial pad and at bottom right it says txt touch that and it brings up my contacts and gives me choice of texting or calling.
    Wow thanks for that. I looked everywhere how to get contacts into CSipsimple. When I had it integrated with the dialer it wasn't a big deal but then when I added Google Voice they didn't all play nice together so had to change CSipsimple settings.
  • Why do people prefer Zoiper over Media-5 Phone?  I use the latter because I found that Zoiper sometimes messes up music streaming apps.
  • akaLTD:
    liberal-peach-waved-machine-155700:
    All my contacts are in  CSipsimple but I don't know how,  Open CSipsimple dial pad and at bottom right it says txt touch that and it brings up my contacts and gives me choice of texting or calling.
    Wow thanks for that. I looked everywhere how to get contacts into CSipsimple. When I had it integrated with the dialer it wasn't a big deal but then when I added Google Voice they didn't all play nice together so had to change CSipsimple settings.
    Also on CSIPsimple,  click on the star at the top middle of the dial pad.  And then choose "configure".  It will give you choices.  I chose "starred in Android" which then lists all your favorite contacts.


  • VoIPFanRPVoIPFanRP All Star 59
    mhh:
    Still not a great UI.

    It's functional with Android versions as old as 2.1, and with screen resolutions as low as 320x240. :)

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