Phone Portal

1. Introduction

The traditional telephone network is a globally accessible secondary communication channel to complement the internet that for your Private Cyberspace primarily runs on.

All Private Cyberspaces come with a phone portal:

  1. for interaction with people without smart phones
  2. when the owners cannot interact with their smart phones (e.g. when driving and walking)
  3. as an "out-of-band" communication channel (e.g. for security checks)
  4. when internet is not available or of poor quality

You can attach one or more phone number to your private cyberspace so it can interact with others over traditional non-IP telephone networks.

This phone number can be your existing mobile phone number. Once attached you can use it when you want:

  • your Private Cyberspace to answer your calls when you are busy
  • your friends to call your Private Cyberspace instead of your real phone

Despite the advance of web based technology, the traditional phone network is a great alternative communication channel in some cases:

2. Shared Phone Portal

To save cost, a few Private Cyberspaces can share a common phone portal.

2.1. Public Phone Portal

An easy to remember phone number for the public to pick up short voice messages from your Private Cyberspaces.

Australian Example:
13 88 13

You want to verify you Your private cyberspace
You call into 138813 in Australia

2.2. Member Phone Number

Collects data from caller into your Private Cyberspace using Voice, DTMF, SMS and Fax.

Ways of specifying the phone number of the private cyberspace you want to contact (the destination phone number):

Australian Example:
+614 99 33 1111

Note: we know CSID is for the SENDER fax phone number but we are using it for the RECEIVER fax number so we can forward the received fax from +614 99 33 1111 to the correct Private Cyberspace.

Specify the phone number of the private cyberspace you want to contact after the call is answered by the Interactive Phone Number.

2.3. Shared Ring Number

For you to ring to supply you phone number to the system. This just get the caller number it does NOT actually answer the phone call.

e.g.
Phone Number Verification process initiated from app.contacttrace.com.au

Australian Example:
1800 180 100

3. Dedicated Phone Portal

If you do NOT want to use the shared portals above, you can get a dedicated phone number for your Private Cyberspace.

With your own dedicated phone number, there is NO need for any portals to forward calls to your Private Cyberspace. All the calls will reach your cyberspace directly.

Australian Example:
A list of available dedicated numbers are here:
https://shop.oztralia.com/product/mobile-dedicated-phone-numbers/
Click "Choose an option" to see a list of available mobile phone numbers.
All those mobile numbers can receive Voice, Fax, SMS.

4. Deployment

Current deployments

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United States of America

e164.name is a privacy preserving public phone number mapping database, designed as a compatible replacement for International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s e164.arpa telephone number mapping system, which has been dying for years.

e164.name also picks up the dead +883 global number country code, since no one seems to want it, and will be assigning numbers from the +883 range avoiding those numbers still listed on ITU site.

Improvements

The concept of a global telephone number look up directory (e164.arpa) and global telephone number range (+883) can be useful if ran by citizens instead bureaucrats.

All Private Cyberspaces come with +883 phone numbers that are routed using the e164.name database.

End users can make and receive calls to their +883 numbers via the web phone inside their Personal Console or use public web phones (e.g. phone.oztralia.org/web.php or by calling into phone portals (e.g. +61499331111).

For SIP telephone carriers and systems, +883 phone numbers are reachable by simply adding e164.name into their ENUM configuration.

e164.name

e164.name is a privacy preserving public phone number mapping database, designed as a compatible replacement for International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s e164.arpa telephone number mapping system, which has been dying for years.

Usage

e164.name conforms to the ENUM standard and is a publicly available for any individual or organisation to lookup without charge.

Compatible Devices

Enabling e164.name look up is as simple as adding the word "e164.name" into the ENUM lookup list of any Internet Phone (VoIP) device or system.

For people without ENUM compatible devices or systems, the best way is to request e164.name domain be added to the ENUM domain list of their respective VoIP provider.

Most VoIP provider will be happy to add e164.name since it will reduce their cost of delivery of phone calls to any phone numbers on e164.name

Compatible Providers

If your internet phone device does not support ENUM, tell your Internet Phone (or VoIP) provider to configure ENUM e164.name into its network - there is no charge for using e164.name.

Once your provider has configured the ENUM e164.name domain into their network, ALL their customers can use ENUM e164.name transparently - making it very convenient for its users to tap into this powerful technology.

Your provider can also save money and improve quality by sending phone calls to all the phone numbers in e164.name domain (directly to the end device) WITHOUT going through any intermediate carriers or networks.

Besides using e164.name for lookup, all telephone operators are also welcomed to add their phone numbers into e164.name

If your provider has any questions or want to submit their phone numbers to e164.name please tell them to send an email to peering@net2max.com

Supported Services

There are many ENUM services defined:
https://www.iana.org/assignments/enum-services/enum-services.xhtml

Currently we are only supporting:

Type URI RFC
email mailto RFC4355
fax tel RFC4355
ical-access https RFC5333
ical-sched mailto RFC5333
pstn tel RFC4769
sip sip, sips RFC3764
sms tel RFC4355
vcard https RFC4969
web https RFC4002
xmpp xmpp RFC4979

Please refer to RFC6118 for general details.

Testing ENUM

It is best to check with your Internet Phone (VoIP) provider on whether they support ENUM e164.name. However, there is a quick way of testing for e164.name support on your network yourself:

Simply make a call from your internet phone to anyone of the phone numbers on the Access Number List.

If you get charged for that call then most likely your Internet Phone Provider has NOT configured e164.name into its network. If it is a free call then most likely your Internet Phone Provider is one of those who have e164.name configured.

Web Browser Phone

The e164.name domain comes with a cross platform ONE CLICK web browser phone (e.g. android, ios, windows, macos, linux).

Any Server Version

mandatory description example
server= the sip server sip:phone.oztrlia.org
identity= the sip account sip:614099331111@oztralia.org
authentication= authentication number 614099331111
password= the sip password 75647563
optional description example
destination= destination phone number 61138813
display= name to display to callee robinhood

Fixed Server Version

mandatory description example
username= sip username 61499331111
password= the sip password 75647563
optional description example
destination= destination phone number 61138813

the domain is fixed e.g. vahfoom3iquahfah.infinitedisk.com
the display=, identity=, authentication= are created from username=

+883 Phone Number

+883 global number country code has been abandoned for years.

As no one seems to want it, we will be assigning numbers from the +883 range including those numbers still listed on ITU site.

+833 enables you to make free voice calls between web browser on most devices worldwide.

You can generate a +883 phone number for yourself inside your Personal Console after verifying your phone number in 2 ways:

Existing Phone Numbers

A new +883 number can be created by just adding 883 in front of your current verified phone number.

For example, say your verified phone number is +61499331111 then your Private Cyberspace number can be +88361499331111. If you friends dial +88361499331111 from their web phone then your web phone will ring!

Note since this Cyberspace Phone Number is based on a real phone number, you will need to perform Phone Number Verification at least once a year and perform Phone Number Verification when there is a dispute on who should be using it - the current owner the real phone number.

Random Phone Numbers

You can also create a +883 number with 6 to 12 random digits.

For example, +883123456 and +883123456789012.

You can normally keep these as long as you keep using them.

Nice Numbers

Nice phone numbers are easy to remember e.g. short +883333, repeating +883111222333 etc.

They will given to those that have contributed a lot to the ecosystem or sold to raise funds for those in unfortunate circumstances.