No this is not more news about the Apple product, this is the iPhone that came first – a family of wireless products from Linksys, and the latest model which has officially hit Aussie shores; a dual-mode cordless Skype phone.
Able to take normal calls as well as cordless IP based calls via Skype, the iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit with Skype has a base station which attaches to your network via Ethernet, to make the calls.
Complete with a colour LCD screen, the phone allows for hands-free calling, can be expandable up to four handsets with the one base station and gives you a status display of your Skype contacts, voicemail and credits.
“As the next generation of handheld devices, Linksys iPhone voice solutions and products are changing the way people communicate with their friends, family and colleagues. They enable compelling internet services, allow consumers to know when their contacts are available for calls, and offer access to personal content like music, movies and live video cameras.” said Graeme Reardon, regional director for Australia and New Zealand at Linksys.
The new iPhone (CIT400) also supports SkypeOut and SkypeIn dialing. Linksys says it also uses voice encryption for security and has automatic updates on the Skype client. The phone has a claimed standby time of 120 hours and 10 hours talk time
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