Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Gearlog : D-Link's Wi-Fi Phone: Oh My!

Gearlog : D-Link's Wi-Fi Phone: Oh My!--More convergence.

"Don't have VoIP yet, or just plain tired of using those pesky headsets to make Internet calls? Then you may want to opt for D-Link's Wi-Fi Phone. I bet tons of people have been waiting for this!
DPH-540 (in black) and the DPH-541 (in silver) Wi-Fi Phones ($249.99 list) let you make and receive calls through an 802.11g or 802.11b wireless network with high-speed Internet access. So basically, you can use it at home, hotels, parks, airports, Starbucks or just about anywhere there is a wireless connection. You'll also be able to receive calls for free from regular phones via PsipTN technology (availability by August 2006 via firmware upgrade and 1-Year free subscription is included). Each phone measures 1.9" x 1.0" x 4.5" and weigh 0.5 lbs.
Features. Large, bright color LCD screen; Displays call history, address book entries, and caller ID numbers; Supports redial, mute, hold, and text messaging; 2 Soft Keys & 4 Directional Keys; 16MB Flash & 12MB SRAM of memory.
How It Works. The phone uses Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) which works with an VoIP phone service plan. "For accessing secure wireless networks, the Wi-Fi Phone supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption. With features like echo cancellation, packet delay compensation, and lost packet recovery, you can expect the voice quality from the Wi-Fi phone to be similar to traditional phones calls."
Why get VoIP service? Well, it can reduce local and long distance telephone charges. Right now, my mom pays around $80 for her AT&T phone service. She's going to cancel her landline soon because with all of the alternatives out there (i.e. digital phone, VoIP), why spend all that money?

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