Finarea SA

Finarea S.A. is a Swiss company based in Lugano. They operate discount phone services in the form of conventional PSTN call-by-call in different European markets as well as Hongkong.

Betamax GmbH has taken over the VoIP services of finarea at the end of 2005. The actual relationship to Finarea SA is not clear.
Dellmont Sarl based in Luxembourg (3A, Val Sainte Croix L-1371 Luxembourg) seems to manage some brands from the begin of 2010, while others remain with Betamax.

List of current known Betamax clones (april 6th, 2011):

DID support for BETAMAX services

Most of the services provided from the above sites allow indirect DID support by linking a DID number from a DID provider of your choice by means of a SIP URI link. As an example consider having an account with Then your incoming SIP URI is provides free SIP accounts that can be reached from the PSTN network by In the settings menu of the IPtel account the user can configure the service to forward all calls received to a SIP URI of his choice (My Account/Forward/unconditional call forwarding target: in this case). A caller can dial one of the SipBroker shared numbers and then select the desired SIP network, in this case by dialing *478 followed by the user number of the IPtel account. The call is redirected from IPtel via the SIP URI to the VoipDiscount registrered SIP device thus providing a way for receiving incoming calls from the PSTN.

An alternative to receiving calls to one of the above BETAMAX services is to use the ENUM service provided by the site. Create an account at and configure your real PSTN telephone number with the SIP URI of the BETAMAX service that you are using (Phone Numbers/Add/... and select Protocol/SIP:// A caller can use one of the shared numbers and then dial the real telephone number configured in (e.g. 1-604-484-5289 for a number in the US) to reach the VoipDiscount user at his SIP registered device.

Betamax clones rates lists

These websites do show the rates of the various Betamax brands which are available on the internet.
There are several lists available on the internet, but be careful, only a few are up to date and do show the current rates.

New credit checking script 2nd November 2013. See below:

Charging caveats

Calls to US free phone numbers are charged for. Always check carefully with the sites which destinations are free (within the limitations mentioned above) and which are not. For a quick, possibly automated check from a shell prompt, run (maybe as a cron job) this "listfreedest" script:


case _"$1" in
       echo "usage: $(basename $0) finarea_service"
       echo " (e.g.: \"$(basename $0)\" )"
       exit 1
       lynx -dump http://www.$1/en/calling-rates.html \
       | sed -n "s/[[:space:]]*\([^)]\+[)]\).*[Ff][Rr][Ee][Ee].*[Ff][Rr][Ee][Ee].*/  \1/p"        

See VoIPBuster's page for another rate checking script.

Caller ID with Asterisk

Some Finarea offerings provide the ability to set your outgoing Caller ID. To do this you need the Windows application supplied by that provider (, etc). You can enter up to five numbers as your own. In the settings these numbers are listed with a Register button next to them. If you press the Register button, the application will display a code number. Then Finarea will ring the number you specified. If you answer and dial in the code given, the number is registered as yours and can be used for Caller ID. Outbound CLID doesn't always work as it depends on the route taken for the call.

To use the number with Asterisk, use something like the following in sip.conf. The first five lines are the important ones for Caller ID:

fromuser=0044.......  <--your registered number goes here


On Linksys/Sipura hardware, this is achieved by filling in the 'user ID' field with the registered CLID number (eg 0044...). 'Use auth ID' is set to 'yes' and the 'auth ID' field is your SMSListo/etc Betamax username. 'Password' is your Betamax password.

On Fritzbox hardware, turn on 'advanced settings', then click 'use internet number for registration'. Then put your CLID number (in 00... form) in the 'internet number' field source

Usage/credit check by script

2 Nov 2013: Dellmont have changed their login processes so old scripts are unlikely to work any more. A script that does work at present is available here: It is for Linux command line (terminal window) or it can run under Windows with Cygwin.

Older info below:
The following script, both bash- and ash-compatible, checks either available credits (in eurocents) or free minutes usage for most (all?) Finarea services. It makes certain assumptions about the web interface, so it may break if such interface is changed. The last parameter is optional, and if present it represents the number of months ago to which the free minutes usage refers (1 = last month). For example:

Download it at :
It requires curl built with SSL support, and returns a status different from zero in case of errors (including login failure).

fincheck creditcents voipstunt USERNAME PASSWORD
...prints to stdout the number of eurocents still available;
This now also works correctly with voipbusterpro.(They charge 3.9 cents per "FREE" call)

fincheck usedminutes voipstunt USERNAME PASSWORD
...prints to stdout the free minutes used so far during this month;

fincheck usedminutes USERNAME PASSWORD 3
...prints to stdout the free minutes used three months ago.

TZ=CET fincheck last7daysminutes voipstunt USERNAME PASSWORD
...prints to stdout the free minutes used in the last 7 days (including the current one) using German timezone for day boundaries

TZ=CET fincheck last7daysminutes voipstunt USERNAME PASSWORD 5
...does the same, with a 5 day offset (the 7-day period from 12 to 5 days ago). The "TZ=CET" setting makes the script refer to day boundaries based on the timezone of Switzerland and Germany, on which all Finarea/Betamax services appear to base their accounting.

Send SMS (new 2 Oct 2006):
Timed SMS send (new 19th Jan 2007):

Make a call - connect two telephone numbers (new 2 Oct 2006):
Source and destination numbers must be in international format ie. 00COUNTRY_CODE etc. OR +COUNTRY_CODE etc.

Added in version of 25th June 2008:
The possibility to send your account balance as a SMS

PHP version:

New version 1.2 18th of July 2007:

Using PHP. Caller-ID can be set on SMSes. Delayed SMSes with correct understanding of GMT.

An example script is included.
Check it out at

2 May 2007 - Revamp of original version
An update of the original script by enzo was moved to due to the difficulty of properly escaping brackets and other special characters for inline publication...

Please note that now the provider's name must include the tld (e.g., "voipcheap" will have to be replaced by "" or "", as appropriate).

For administrators of multiple account, there is now a "master script" (findaily) that, invoked by a cron job, calls fincheck for a list of accounts (defined inside the script: look for the lines between "(cat <<-EOF" and "EOF") and produces reports mailed to the individual account holders, plus a synthetic summary to the administrator. This is available at, and a typical crontab entry for it to run every day at 8:30 am could be:

30 8 * * * /usr/local/bin/findaily|mail -s "Findaily Summary Report"

Created by: wnpaul, Last modification: Tue 16 of Aug, 2016 (15:06 UTC) by brocchi
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