Now you can use your regular home phone for Skype or any VOIP interface! When your regular phone is connected with this adapter, you can dial and receive calls via Skype/VOIP without the need to buyer a SKYPE phone. This adapter allows any desktop/cordless phone to operate as a dialer and speakerphone for Skype!
I wanted an extra Skype phone near my easy chair where I do a lot of my work and where I have a laptop. But I didn't want to buy another Skype phone as I have two already. So I thought I'd try this cheap adapter.
I was blown away! I didn't hook it to the land line as I have a land line phone nearby. I also didn't want to take a chance on making LD calls on the land line.
So I hooked up a phone I bought at a garage sale for a quarter. I set the Skypemate software to recognize the USB port first, not the land line, which is the default.
It worked like a dream. I can make regular calls or use the software. When I pick up the phone, Skype pops up. Really neat. I haven't received a call on it yet so don't know how that will work. But I mostly use it to call out anyway.
The really "great" news is that when I made a call to a regular phone, the sound was above par --- better than a regular call. Unlike another reviewer, I found the quality of the call far superior to a cell phone and equal to or better than a regular land line call. Whether that was due to my Internet connection or PC or phone, I don't know. I do know I tried two phones before I used this one. The first phone didn't give good quality. So it could be you'll need to try a couple phones. This one I'm using is just a cheap old regular phone.
I highly recommend this adapter to anyone who uses Skype or any VOIP that it will work with.
I bought the phone from Cable4Less and I recommend you do the same. Their prices are the best and I can tell you from experience their help is above average and "very" fast. Customer support is an area I really rate on and if it's bad, I'll tell the world. There's no excuse for bad customer support. But if you buy from Cable4Less, you'll be happy.Read more ›
This type of USB to RJ-11 converter is a relatively new item (just the last few years). I've come to learn it takes at least 4 years for such new technologies to get the bugs worked out of them.
I purchased this device because I wanted to cancel my POTS landline (Verizon) and use Skype in my home exclusively. This adapter is designed to let you use Skype ALONG with a regular landline. The result is that if you don't have a landline to plug into this device (and try using only Skype) it will not work. The Enforcity adapter uses your landline dialtone as a foundation to make Skype calls... you pick up your regular house phone and hit "*" to switch to Skype calling. The problem is, if you don't have a landline that generates a dial tone, the device won't allow you to dial anything, let alone "*" in order to engage Skype. So basically, you still need landline service in order to make this thing work.
Another issue is receiving calls. When a call comes in via Skype, you don't hear it ring. The device does NOT generate a ring signal that will make your phone ring when a call comes in. So, if you're not near your computer, you won't know that a call is coming in.
There are also a few issues with "Skypemate" regarding sound settings. Once it configures Skype to work through your RJ-11 connection, switching back to regular- through your computer speakers & mic- is a pain. Unplugging the USB cord will not change this, you have to go into your sound settings, reconfigure them- and then restart your computer before Skype will work normally (through your computer speakers) again.
I did manage to get the device working after hooking up a POTS line and making all the configurations- and it sounded pretty good.Read more ›
Plugged this into my USB along with my GE 2.4ghz cordless phone for use in Skype and works awesome! I no longer have a landline, just my cell but wanted to ease the burden of my minutes usage. Even though Skype doesnt assign you your own number you can still outdial anywhere for $35 yr. Using this thingy in my puter and Skpye AND SkypeMate (free d/l from the net) you can use your home line to dial out anywhere. Although you MUST set speed dails to be able to call out without being at the computer (the phone/Skype wont let you dail normally like your used to, you have to either use the computer to dial or use speed-dial codes via the phone). But clarity is great (just so long as im not cloggin my bandwidth in downloads when im calling).
I've been using this adapter for a month as a Skype-only "land line" and am pleased with the performance. But you must do several things others have mentioned in the reviews. Remember, I am not using it with a regular land line so I can't comment on that.
Here's how to set up Skype to receive phone calls and allow you to call phones. You may want to do this before you buy this unit:
1. Go to skype.com and sign up for a subscription to call phone numbers. Do not buy Skype Credit because you won't need it if you get a monthly subscription. The subscription costs $2.99/mo and includes long distance to US/Canada. This lets you use Skype to call out to phone numbers.
2. If you want to be able to receive calls from phone numbers, get a Skype online number. (Don't get "Skype to Go.") Since you already have a subscription, the phone number will cost $[...]/year--half off the normal price. So your bill will come to $[...]/year.
Once you have everything working, buy this unit. Then:
Uninstall Skype if it's newer than version 3.8 and install version 3.8 from [...]. As others have reported, newer versions of Skype will call the last number you dialed unless you go to your computer and close the call window. Skype 3.8 solves this problem.
Set Skype Mate to USB for the adapter device channel: 1. Right click the Skype Mate icon and choose "Advanced" > Click on the DeviceOption tab and choose USB from Adaptor default channel." If you have caller ID, choose FSK in the next drop-down. Caller ID doesn't always work, but my phone does identify callers that are in the phone's directory.
I use 4 cordless phones and am able to place calls using the phone directory on each phone and redial. You must always dial the area code with the number.Read more ›