Still not sure about the merits of Skype versus your traditional landline? How about a device that mixes both, like this USRobotics’ USR9630 cordless phone and base station.
The USR9630 connects to both a traditional phone line and an available USB port on a PC running Skype, which means you can make and receive Skype calls and ordinary telephone calls from the same handset – which doesn’t have to be near your PC. Aimed very much at small businesses, it allows up to four cordless handsets to be connected to the same telephone line, each with a 50m indoor range or 300m outdoor range.
Connectivity is via DECT 6.0 technology, which will not interfere with your wireless networks, Bluetooth devices or other home appliances. There’s also an intregated speakerphone if you want to go hands-free, an LCD display to access your Skype and phonebook entries, out of range warning tone, along with echo cancellation and noise reduction technology for improved sound.
The USR9630 will be available in the UK next month, with the US price quoted at $119.99 and additional handsets retailing at $69.99. We’re awaiting confirmation of the UK price.