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Actiontec VoSKY Internet Phone Wizard for Skype

3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Product Type - Call Center
  • Warranty - 1 year limited
  • System Requirements
  • One IBM PC-compatible computer with one available USB port, 400 MHz or faster processor
  • 128 MB RAM, 15 MB available hard disk space, and a CD-ROM drive
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Actiontec
  • Model Number: USB00020C-01A
  • Hardware Platform: PC

Product Description

Features - Easy to install and use , Patented I-Phone Switch for switching between Internet and regular phone modes , Call waiting , Free or great low rates on international calls , Echo-cancellation technology , Speed-Dial integration with Skype , No external power required , Conference calling , Phone rings on incoming Skype or regular calls.

Product Details

Product Manual [2.66mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0007QOK9Y
  • Item model number: USB00020C-01A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 7, 2005

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

That USB criticism is ridiculous. Is it really that hard to reinstall software that take 5 minutes to load?

I am user of skype, I have a computer that I leave on all the time, and I hate using headsets. So i was looking for something that I could use to hook into a expandable cordless phone system that I already have. I bought something cheap on ebay and that didn't work well at all. I got this thing and it works great on my cordless phone system. It works with the newest version of Skype (2.0) and the sound quality is excellent even when I am downloading something that is sucking down most of my bandwidth. It can also split duties with an existing phone line (I don't have a phone line so I dunno how well it works.) I am thinking about getting skypein to use with this device.

Only quirk that took me sometime to get used to when using skypeout with this device is that you have dial 00 + country code (US is 1) + area code and phone number. It is written in the instructions, but took me a while to notice it. I was used to just typing the '+' sign on the keyboard.

In summary, the device works well. If u already phones and a computer and a connection that is on all the time, and do not plan on playing USB musical chairs with the device, this solution will work well for u. I am not sure why Skype doesn't sell the device on its own website.

The pertinent specs on the computer I am using with the device is as follows: 1ghz AMD duron processor, 1GB SDRAM, USB 1.0 port, and cable modem service.
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I soooo wish that other companies came up with cool ideas like this.

This product allows you to use free internet phone sites like [...] with your regular telephone. Normally you would have to use a microphone and speakers hooked up to your pc. This product allows you to connect ANY standard telephone to it and talk over the internet just like you would with any other phone call.

Here are some key features that I didn't know prior to buying:

- You can use a cordless telephone with it

- You can dial internet phone calls from the phone handset using skypes speed dial feature (you never have to touch your computer as long as it is turned on).

- You can have your regular phone line and the internet phone line connected at the same time. You switch between them by hitting the # key twice.

- It gives you call waiting. If you're on a skype call and your landline rings, you'll hear it and can switch between them by hitting ##.

- I have it setup so that every phone in my house can either make skype internet calls for free or use the landline.

I highly recommend this product. It will literally save me thousands of dollars in international phone bills and make it comfortable and normal.

My wife wouldn't normally want to be bothered with complicated computer devices. Now she just picks up the phone and hits the speed dial number for the person she wants to call and it goes through.

Keep in mind that in order for skype to be free, the person you are calling must also be using skype. If you want to call a landline you must pay. The rates are very cheap though, so it's not a bad solution. Check [...] for the rates.
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I bought this on amazon, and it performed so poorly that I had to return it. In theory, the product is fantastic -- it lets you use your existing 'normal' telephone to dial and receive skype calls. In reality, however, it's a buggy product that simply does not pass any semblance of quality standards. The big problems:

1. it has some flawed USB interface such that the software you load onto the PC never finds the device on the first try. You have to manually unplug and replug the device into its USB port to get the software to 'see it.'

2. The interface with Skype is very klugy. It changes Skype's audio in and audio out settings to direct skype to use the actiontec drives instead of your PC's microphone and speakers. That's okay when you're using a phone connected to the device for skype calls, but when you want to use your PC again, you have to manually change back all the settings.

3. The sound quality is excellent, but the mic quality is atrocious. I tried everything option I could, but I was never able to get the other party on a skype call to hear me clearly. It's probably a very cheap processor in the box that doesn't properly encode my speech or something. In the end, it worked about 2% of the time, and the other 98% of the time the person on the other end of the call hung up on me because they couldn't hear or understand what I was saying.

Bummer, because I really wanted it to work. But it's just not ready for primetime. I'm waiting until a reputable CE brand like Linksys or Logitech comes out with the device.
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I got this on a whim, because I was sick of buying calling cards with tons of restrictions and expiration dates. In fact, I found out that many phone card companies use the same internet telephony technology that Skype and other VoIP services utilize. Except using this device makes my life so much easier (not to mention less nerdy-looking.) I can carry my phone around the house, just talking like I normally would. I think this is an excellent product, especially for a free/extremely cheap alternative using the Skype service.
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