Happy new Year to every one!
I know this blog was created for me to tell all you folks what I've been up to but hey it's my blog and I get to say what I like. And I think you will all want to check out this very shinny piece of kit. I' was very lucky and Farther Christmas got me a DUALphone 3088, which is not only a phone hand set for skype but also a normal telephone too. Yeah so what you say devices like these for skype and other VoIP systems have been around for a while now. That's as maybe but this little fella simply pugs into your network and phone socket and your away. In the box there is the handset that feels like any other cordless phone, it's charger station which has a mains transformer molded to it. Then a base station about the same size as the charger station that has a three sockets on the back one for the mains transformer, Ethernet and finally for your phone. Once it's all plugged in you can make calls on your land line just like any other phone. The device will get it's IP settings if your running DCHIP, or if not like me you can configure it's address from the hand set. Once your connected to your network you can either sign in to you existing skype account or create a new one.
The call quality is good the buttons feel like real buttons, you can also do hands free speaker phone and connect a ear piece/headset to the handset if you so desired. I recently had a play with the Belkin Wi-Fi skype phone and this beats it hands down. Ok so the Dual Phone 3088 is designed for your home or office not jumping between Hot Spots like the Belking Phone, but the Belkin device has no web browser so all those hotels with wi-fi that require to go to a web page and enter your room number, surname or credit card details will be of no use to you.
So in my new role as technology adviser to the masses if you regullaly use skype and want a handset for your home or office that can also be a land line phone, do it buy one, mine came from Home-phones.co.uk
Give me a ring on skype user jamesbreward if you want to hear the quality.
All the best for 2007!