Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Zyxel P-2000W WiFi VoIP Phone

The ZyXel Prestige 2000W VoIP wireless phone is one of the very first wireless VoIP phones to come out. The technology allowed VoIP users to achieve the ease and portability that was previously limited only to telephone users. The phone received mixed reactions, however, because while its range is unexpectedly long, its battery life is relatively short.

MobileMag review:

The effective range on the 2000W is one of its strongest points. I was surprised at some of the access points it had found, it was picking up networks that my Powerbook was unable to find. Zyxel rates the operating range at up to 300m out-doors and 75m in-doors, I won’t argue those stats.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Stylish UBS Skype Phone - IPEVO

Skype with style! Control Skype in the palm of your hand with this fashionable USB phone.
It is called Free.1 an advanced USB phone specially made for active Skype users. With lightweight and stylish design, it is a lot more fun using Skype! Programmable buttons provides users with higher level of convenience. It allows users to have better control of Skype and make SkypeOut calls via the keypad. Ten different ring tones alert users of incoming calls. Other functions include volume control, microphone mute, speed dial, and LED light indication.

Key features:

  • Skype Certified
  • USB Plug-and-Play technology
  • Superior sound quality (16 KHz sampling rate)
  • PC sound card not required (Independent use of phone and sound card allows for Skype call while listening to music on PC)
  • LED indicates USB connection state plus off-hook condition
  • Acoustically isolated speaker and microphone to eliminate echo
  • Built-in volume control and mute button
  • 10 selectable ring tones (include silent)

Free.1 is easy to operate and frees you from keyboard. With the “S” key I select the Skype Application, scroll down contacts list using the Scroll key, find Skype Test Call (Echo 123) and then hit the Call button. To do a SkypeOut Call, you just hit the + key and dial the number. To send a Voice Mail I use the list key and select the right function key. Done, it’s simple.
Online price is USD $29.99.

An ideal Christmas Gift!? More info at IPEVO

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Cisco VoIP Phone - 7960G

The Cisco VoIP phone 7960G is a market leader for company execs and managers who require full and complete functionality from their VoIP phone. The phone can handle up to six phone lines, has great usability, and has one of the niftiest LCD displays available on any phone, VoIP or otherwise. But the most exciting feature about this office manager's dream is the fact that this phone will not go obsolete quickly, a fear with many competitors, as Cisco has built a flash drive into the phone to allow for users to update their phone to take advantage of the latest features.

VoIP Supply's review: A dedicated headset port eliminates the need for a separate amplifier when using a headset. This allows the handset to remain in its cradle, making headset use simpler. The Cisco IP phone's convenient volume control button provides for easy decibel-level adjustments for the speakerphone, handset, headset, and ringer.

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Skype Wireless Phone from Linksys

The wireless (cordless) phone provides callers with a convenient alternative to making free Skype calls while sat at their computer, giving them the freedom to make free Skype calls wherever they are in the home or office.

The Internet Telephony Kit includes a handset, charger and a USB base station that plugs into a computer’s USB port. The handset lets callers take their free Skype calling off the PC and into other rooms using the compatible USB base station. The handset can read and display callers’ Skype contact list on its built-in illuminated display, letting callers know which of their Skype contacts are online and ready to be called. The handset also supports SkypeOut, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail, low-cost premium services that let callers make and receive calls to family, friends and colleagues using traditional landlines or cell phones, and send and receive messages up to 10 minutes long.

Key features:
  • DECT wireless technology no interfere with 2.4GHz phones or devices
  • Single base station supports up to four additional DECT based phones
  • Supports call waiting
  • Intercom support between multiple handsets
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Color LCD panel
  • Up to 120 hour standby time and 10 hour talk time
  • Caller ID
  • Address book that supports up to 120 contacts
  • Handset locater button on USB base station
  • Handset weighing 4.23 oz/ 0.12kg

The CIT200 will be available from 17 October from more than 3,000 online and retailers worldwide with an Estimated Street Price of USD $129.99.

To see the detailed review go to TMC - Tom Keating

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