The Viorcoin developer has posted a mandatory client update, which adds even more functionality to this altcoin. As we mentioned in our previous article, video calls through VoIP have been added in this new client. But there is another nifty feature which was kept under wraps until the VIOR client release : telco gateway integration!
The most anticipated feature of this Viorcoin client upgrade is video calling through the VoIP protocol. Whereas there are different digital currencies offering VoIP functionality at this point, VIOR is actually the first one with a working video chat option. You can read more about this functionality in our previous Viorcoin article.
What none of us knew at that point was that the VIorcoin developer was also planning to integrate a telco gateway into this new client. While there is still a lot of work to be done in regards to this feature, it does open up some very interesting possibilities.
As of this writing, users are able to validate their mobile phone numbers, on which they will receive a text message containing an authentication code for the telco gateway. There have been some initial issues with receiving this text message in some countries, but after a fix from the Viorcoin developer, this matter should now be resolved.
I have just downloaded the new Viorcoin client myself, without having any previous clients installed on my Windows 7 computer. All I had to was go to “Receive Coins”, right click my VIOR address and select “Set VOIP Account΅. (There will be no confirmation message, so if you see nothing happening, that is the normal procedure.)
Once you have done that, go to the “ViorCalls” tab in your client, and click on “CONNECT”. This will register your VoIP address on the network, and allows users to both send and receive regular and video calls to/from other VIOR users.
In order to access the Telco gateway, click the “GATEWAY” button in your Viorcoin client, and you will be asked to enter your mobile phone number. Make sure to include the country code (as I’m in Belgium, this is +32 – make sure to include the “+” sign!). Within 20 seconds, I received an sms with my authentication code, which I entered in the little windows in my VIOR client.
That is all it takes to access the telco gateway. More functionality to this feature is coming, such as purchasing credit to make worldwide phone calls,The payment system is currently being worked on by the developer, but no official ETA has been provided as of this writing.