Friday, March 31, 2006

Free U.S. Calls From Lycos VoIP SoftPhone

Lycos has launched of Lycos Phone, the internet's first-ever VoIP softphone application to combine robust entertainment features that fulfilling users' communication and entertainment needs by converting their laptops and desktops into second phones.

With Lycos Phone, users can make free calls from PC to PC. They can also make free PC to PC video calls and receive unlimited free incoming calls from any landline or mobile phone, from around the world. Users also receive 100 free minutes of PC to landline and PC to mobile phone calls, and can earn additional free minutes through various promotional offers with Lycos Phone.

Key Features:

  • FREE Your own U.S. phone number

  • FREE unlimited incoming calls from landline, mobile and PC

  • FREE 100 minutes credit to call any U.S. number

  • FREE FAX and voicemail to email
  • Live Video Calls
  • Watch Movie Trailers, Streaming IPTV

  • Earn additional credit up to 2000 free minutes

  • What's the catch? you may ask, that is one - Lycos Phone displays advertisements and offers at the bottom of the client, similar to what MSN Messenger and other clients do. Also, if you take any of these offers you earn additional credits to make both domestic and international calls.

    This is certainly a whole new benchmark for VoIP set by the Lycos so, what is next for Skype, Google Talk, Microsoft Live and Yahoo Messenger?

    For full review of Lycos Phone with Tom Keating and free to download Lycos VoIP softphone

    Monday, March 27, 2006

    New Skype Phone From Firebox

    The FireBox VoIP CyberPhone is designed as a front end for the fast-growing Skype network, which routes voice calls down your existing broadband connection at no extra cost.

    The Firebox Skype phone is easily set up on Windows XP systems. On the hand, setting it up on a Mac system requires a bit more time. Sound quality are like an average mobile connection.

    Key Features:
    • Free 30 minutes SkypeOut (PC to Landline/Mobile) voucher
    • Free 2 month Voicemail voucher
    • Free calls worldwide using Skype to other Skype users
    • Wideband technology brings improved, clearer sound of MP3 quality
    • Use and Navigate Skype's services direct from the keypad
    • Your PC Soundcard is free for you to enjoy other multimedia while you chat
    • Customisable ringtone (from any .WAV file)
    • Voicemail integration
    • Voice activated features
    • LED illuminates when you are on a call
    • The voicemail LED lights up when you receive Voicemail messages from other Skype users

    The Price is £29.95, for the Firebox VoIP handset with basic USB microphone and speaker.

    Source: FireBox VoIP CyberPhone

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    D-Link DPH-540 WiFi VoIP Flip-Phone

    D-Link is bringing the WiFi VoIP phone - DPH-540 WiFi flip-phone.
    The 802.11g based phone, allows you to tap into an existing VoIP phone service and doesn't require the use of a computer.

    For VoIP calls, the DPH-540 uses Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and is ready to use with an Internet (VoIP) phone service plan. It also features echo cancellation, packet delay compensation and lost packet recovery, for high quality voice calls.

    The DPH-540 includes a large colorful screen to display call information such as the numbers you dial, address book entries and caller ID numbers. It also supports several advanced calling features, including last number redial, mute, hold and text messaging.

    Full D-Link DPH-540 Specs

    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Siemens C450 IP Phone - VoIP without a PC

    Siemens C450 IP cordless phone is making its debut at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover, Germany. It has developed a fixed-line telephone that makes it possible to place calls over the Internet without the need to use a computer for a dial-up connection to the Internet.

    In the early stages of Internet telephony, users could place calls only while using a headset and microphone and sitting at a PC, which greatly restricted freedom of movement. Since then, several Internet telephones have been launched on the market, but callers had to use their PCs to configure these phones before placing calls. The C450 IP stands out from the crowd, though, because it works with either a fixed-line connection or on the Internet. What’s more, it doesn’t require a PC interface. The phone’s Gigaset series base station has two connections: In addition to a conventional fixed-line, the hybrid model is equipped with a LAN connection for Internet telephony (Voice over IP). Users only need to hook up this LAN feature to a DSL modem.

    After its premiere at the fair, the C450 IP will be available in retail outlets for less than €100.

    For more Siemens C450 IP Phone

    Sunday, March 12, 2006

    Skype Wi-Fi Phone from Asus

    At CeBIT 2006, Asustek Computer is showcasing products for the digital home, including a wireless Skype phone, according to the company. The wireless Skype phone leverages wireless LAN at the 802.11g standard.

    The Skype Wi-Fi phone sports a simple 128x64 blue-lit display. You can charge it using a USB connection. With one charge, you get 2 hours of talk time and up to 25 hours of standby.

    This phone can act as a wireless remote for your PC. You can control the Windows Media Player for playback options, and it can double as a mini audio system.

    There is no information about pricing and launch dates.

    Sunday, March 05, 2006

    VoIP Phone With On-screen Email

    At CES 2006, the LAN Cordless Dualphone from RTX is combination of a standard phone connection, internet telephony and storage for web content. Its base station is connected both to the traditional telephone system and to the broadband link, thus allowing calls from both channels.

    The Dualphone also gives on-screen information - latest news, email, weather forecasts, traffic queues,sports results and more in real time. The phone operates to a range of 300m; with 8 hours talk time and 240 hours standby. It has a 64K color screen

    The RTX LAN Cordless Dualphone will be officially lauched at CeBIT and its details about availability and price have not been announced yet.

    Read more: VoIP Phone With On-screen Email

    Skype Speakerphone from USRobotics

    Introduced at this year's CES, USRobotics' New Skype speakerphone not only provides free Skype calls, but is also hands free.

    It is a USB speakerphone and also provides echo-cancellation, volume controls and a mute button. It is small enough to be carried away from the base, too.
    The USRobotics' New Skype speakerphone is priced at $49.99.

    The big selling point, apart from free Skype calls, is that this phone is hands free. With full-duplex operation, this USB speakerphone features echo-cancellation, volume controls and a mute button. And it's small - so you can take it with you if you want to make free calls away from the office.