[CoMoDev] Re: Now a truly useful USB device: dual VOIP phone

  • From: "Kevin Cawley" <kcawley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 20:52:33 -0700

I was able to get my Mom in Texas to setup her desktop w/ Skype... it works
well and obviously is a breeze to setup.

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From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of David Beers
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2005 10:59 AM
To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [CoMoDev] Now a truly useful USB device: dual VOIP phone

This post is slightly off topic, but not at all silly like the last one.

I've been using Skype (http://www.skype.com/) for placing Internet calls for
a few months now. I am very happy with the reliability and sound quality
when placing calls to other Skype users--the sound is actually significantly
better than a regular phone call, to say nothing of the improvement over the
other VOIP services.  I've been not been happy with calls to regular phone
numbers since people tell me the audio is sometimes skipping out. And of
course Skype won't support incoming calls from regular phone numbers until
June 2005.  Alas, I'm sure the phone companies aren't in any hurry to help
VOIP companies make reliable connections to their networks, though that's
not likely to slow the VOIP juggernaut much, IMO.  

Anyway, the following product looks like a great solution for those of you
who are able to make Skype calls to more and more colleagues and clients but
need to make and receive regular phone calls as well:


Here's another promising device that adds the ability to make and receive
SIP calls from providers like Vonage: 


What I'm really looking for, though, is a product like this that connects to
my network by WiFi or Ethernet instead of to one of my computers through
USB.  This would make it so calls could be completed without any of my
computers running.  I've sometimes used my iPAQ h2200 this way with the PPC
version of Skype and a LinkSys WiFi adapter, but it's awkward since of
course it's not designed as a phone receiver with a mic at the bottom and an
earpiece at the top.  I thought about buying a Bluetooth earpiece or headset
for it, but I really want something that works like a regular phone handset.
If anybody sees something like that come on the market, please let me know.

I spend too much for a land line that we use less and less--not at all for
my business, in fact.  I'm close to ditching Qwest entirely and going
completely over to IP phoning + wireless.  I'm curious where the rest of you
are with this, so if you'll forgive a thread that's not specifically about
mobile software development I'd be glad to hear from others on this topic. 


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