Linksys CIT400 Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit with Integrated Skype
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- Product Type - VOIP Product
- Warranty - 1 year
- Warranty - 1 year
- Distance Range -- 300 Meters Outdoor, 50 meters Indoor
- Number of Channels -- 10 channels (Europe & SA), 5 channels (NA)
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- Brand Name: Linksys
- Model Number: CIT400
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Form Factor: Internet Telephony Kit
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
Get cordless handset convenience when you use Skype Now when you want to talk to your friends you dont need your computer because the Skype application is pre-loaded on the phone. The Linksys iPhone Dual-Mode Cordless Internet Telephony Kit with Skype comes with the handset, charger, and a Base Station that plugs into your broadband network and to the standard telephone line plug. Dual-Mode capability lets you choose whether to make calls over a standard telephone line or with Skype. Just select who you want to talk to from your contact list on your handset and get ready to talk. Of course, the Handset supports SkypeOut dialing as well as your Skype contact list display. It rings when you have a Skype or SkypeIn or standard telephone call coming in, and shows the callers ID on the screen. The Handset also supports call waiting and Skypes optional Voicemail service. When youre on a call, you can hit the Mute button for privacy, or use the speakerphone function to let everyone join in.
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We bought this phone to cut our phone costs. We will keep our traditional phone service for local calls, incoming calls, and to keep our phone number. We will drop the long distance portion of our traditional line saving about $20 a month/$240 per year. In just a few months we'll make up for the cost of the phone and small cost of the Skype-Out service.
1) Dual mode. It will ring with all the other phones in the house ring as it is connected to the traditional phone line. We can answer on this phone, then also pick up other phones in the house and have multi-way conversations, or transfer to another person in our house.
2) Simple setup. It just worked without having to do any internet setup (we already had a skype account) to make outgoing Skype calls.
3) Simple to use. We were able to default the phone to dial out on Skype so it is simple to use.
4) Headset jack. It was hard to find this out on the internet but the phone does have a jack. I like to be hands free when making long calls.
5) Good design. I find the phone comfortable in my hand, the buttons are clearly labeled, and I think the construction is up to par with other phones. I don't find it to be a cheap plastic as some others have stated.
6) No computer required. We turn our computers off when we aren't using them. This saves power but the phone works without them. MagicJack would have required a computer to be turned on all the time.
7) We now have two phone lines, with the total cost less than the one we had before purchasing the Skype phone.
8) Wireless. We don't have to be tied to the computer to use Skype.
9) Good sound quality, clear with little noise. Parties on the other end say there is a slight hollow sound but nothing that disturbs communication.
1) No belt clip. This is an unfortunate oversight on Linksys part. Even cheap phones have belt clips.
2) It doesn't link with my on-line Skype phone book, at least not that I've been able to see. I have to enter all new contacts.
3) The 4-way rocker is a volume control but not labeled as such.
4) In some cases I didn't think the volume could be turned up enough to suit me.
5) I entered a land-line contact and phone number but found no way to edit that contact's phone number later. I had to delete it and reenter from scratch.
Set up was fairly straight forward, look at the plugs and included cords - plug them in! Design is modern and the black/silver scheme will fit into any tech office. I happen to have an aluminum iMac, so it looks great! Skype was easy to set up, just follow the on screen tutorial when the phone first turns on. I have Skype with unlimited US and Canada calling - because you sign into your account, it already knows the settings, including address book. It also shows how much SkypeOut credit (in dollars) is left - for the calls not covered by US and Canada. Landline was also easy to set up and you can tell the phone to default call from SkypeOut or your landline. There was really no "set up" for the landline - it just works.
For the people who complain about the connection quality of the product - that is completely dependent on your internet speed - it has nothing to do with the actual Linksys product.
I really can't say enough great things about this product. The only downside is: expensive expansion handsets. The only downside of Skype is: no 911 calling.
I highly recommend this product, especially since getting it for the recent Gold Box deal of $79.99.
The reasons I gave the produce 4 stars instead of 5:
(1) you must put the base station on a UPS. If you have a brief power outage, the base station gets confused and the system hangs. Slow power cycling is otherwise needed to make it sane again.
(2) If you want to participate in a Skype conference, you can't be the person to initiate it from a handset. You have to initiate it from your computer (with a different Skype ID) or join as a participant.
(3) The user interface is OK, but not for the faint hearted. I am an EE computer geek and find some of the menus tedious (e.g., just to see if you have Skype voice mail)
On the plus side, the handset range is excellent, the speech quality is great, the built-in handset speakerphone works well, and the option of making and receiving free voice calls worldwide over the Internet makes you wonder why you need a landline for anything more than a lifeline and for 911 calls.
(which brings me to another topic - look carefully at what you are doing before you sign up for Verizon FIOS. Do you really want them to rip out your copper connection to the central office if you "upgrade?" In that case, your 6 hour FIOS battery back up is all that keeps you connected in case of a massive power outage. I like the modern electronic marvels, but I still have an old POTS phone hardwired to the copper line as it enters the house.)
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