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Free Billing Module Suggestions


(South Africa) #1

Good day,

I am looking for a possible free billing solution to use with freepbx 14.

I tried Fbilling but simply cannot get it working.

Any suggestions?


#2

A2Billing maybe?


(South Africa) #3

Tried that,

I cannot get that to work the way it should.

I hoped FreePBX would have a billing module by now.


(Tom Ray) #4

FreePBX is not designed to be a wholesale/resale platform where the users are treated as individual accounts and billed as such.


(TheJames) #5

what are you “billing”


(South Africa) #6

I am billing the minutes called from the pbx.

I do not want to bill individuals. I e, a client has a pbx either on site or on a vm and at the end of the month I want to bill them for the calls.


#7

Processing the CDRs from your trunking providers would probably be easiest. The Asterisk CDRs would serve as a backup.


(Tom Ray) #8

This is where I recommend a switch/proxy when you have multiple systems floating out there and want to track call records/logs. Because while you can get your billing from the provider and then parse it out to figure out who made what calls, etc. to bill them you miss out on something important as well. The non-billable calls, reporting, ease of management and other benefits.

This is part of the reason I uses switches for this stuff. Not only can I bill all my usage from a central place regardless of how many servers are in use but I can see failures (and why), I can see how many simultaneous calls I have, what my CPS is at and have a central fraud protection/route control without having to do this over and over and over again on each machine.

However, regardless of if you do that or use your provider you still have the issue of an actual billing system that does things how you want. Either of these two suggests allows you to have a source of the data. You still need to parse it and bill the usage accordingly because I’m sure you must be padding it a bit.


(Itzik) #9

This is probably not what you are exactly looking for, but take a look.

https://wiki.freepbx.org/display/FPG/PBX+Call+Accounting+Module

I am not sure if this module is in production yet (stable).


(Dave Burgess) #10

In a completely different direction, I use a couple of VOIP Providers and I like to use the billing data they produce for me. It avoids billing for local (in PBX) calls and gives me all the detail I need to bill their calls. It also allows me to import my cost for their calling as well as their cost, which makes my accountant happy.

One of my providers even offers a “white label” service where they can send the bill on my behalf to the customer. If this worked for me, it would save me a lot of time as well.

So, instead of trying to use something from the PBX, have you considered using something from your provider?