- Brand Name: Linksys
- Model Number: WIP320
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Form Factor: Cordless IP Telephone
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
Linksys WIP320 Linksys Wireless-G Skype iPhone
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- Product Type - Skype Phone
- Warranty - 1 year limited
- Transmit Power -- 12.5 dBm for 802.11g / 16.6 dBm for 802.11b
- Radio Range -- Outdoor up to 200m, Indoor up to 75m via embedded antenna
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The convenient feature about this stand-alone wireless Skype phone is that you don't have to be tied to your computer to make calls. In fact I use it as my house phone for outgoing calls and it works just fine. The sound quality is more than okay as expected from internet calls.
Set up is straightforward. No need to read the manual as the screen will guide you sign in, if you already have a Skype account, or sign up, if you are new.
If you are an existing user, it just carries over all the contacts to the phone. Give it time to update from the internet and your contacts will appear. No need to type all over again.
However, if you are a new user I strongly suggest signing up and entering or importing your contact from your computer. That way you have your contacts from your address book or email account ready to be imported. If not, it's easier typing from a full keyboard. Once updated, this will also carry over to the phone.
1. Free up your computer resources and electricity by using a stand-alone Skype phone.
2. Good design in a light-weight package loaded with user-friendly controls. Normal and advanced features are readily accessible on the phone menu. Just read thru the display and navigation will be straight-forward.
3. Relatively cheap compared to other Skype-certified wireless phones.
1. Battery life is horrible. A few hours of use and it will need charging. If mobile phones can last more than a day of normal use, this should be able to as well. Linksys will need to investigate and release a firmware update on this issue.
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batery life in the standby mode is about 20 hours, not 60;
there is no hands free speakerphone;
if you use a standard plug-in headset, the microphone does not work (tested two units).
There is more:
the headset is very loud (you have to listen with the phone an inch away from your ear), but there is no volume adjustment;
the microphone has low sensitivity, so you find yourself yelling into it;
the clock resets itself when the power is turned off.
I returned mine.
Anyway, I did a lot of research on WiFi Skype phones, and found the WIP320 to be my best bet considering Linksys has the best reputation of all the manufacturers I looked at as far as all the products I've used at work for the past 16 years. We use a lot of Linksys wireless products because they are just better than anything from Netgear, SMC, Philips, etc.
So, I've only had this phone for one day, but it was obvious it had some problems, although it worked great most of the time. The firmware version was 188.8.131.52, so I figured at least that's better than 184.108.40.206. The first problem I noticed was that after a full charge, the battery was almost dead after sitting unplugged next to our "old" phone at home for one hour. It was also pretty hot, much more than it should've been considering that it hadn't been touched for an hour, so I thought something must've been wrong with the battery or power saving features. The second, more minor problem was that the menu navigation was lagging and freezing for several seconds sometimes. It was annoying, but didn't happen most of the time. The third problem was that I didn't see a way to use the speakerphone feature all the reviews talked about. Actually, a fourth problem was that the voicemail "On" setting kept going off for some weird reason and calls wouldn't go to voicemail.Read more ›
Also, it feels pretty cheap when using it. I was afraid I was going to break a button. This one went right back to Amazon.
1) Locks up after a Skype call of 5 minutes or more and requires reboot
2) Clock and Date resets after any power off
3) Speakerphone does not work
4) Bad customer service
Other than that, the phone would make calls via Skype fairly easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this phone well over a year. It has not failed me yet. I take it with me out of town..connects to open networks everywhere. I even took it to Europe twice last year.. Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by serious shopper
Some reviews already exist, so I'll be brief and to the point.
If you're not technology literate and expect things to work out of the box, stay away from this. Read more
We purchased this phone in Februrary '08, & over the last six months have been pleased. We live aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean, & Skype is the only good (cheap + reliable)... Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by C. Robertson
I would not reccommend buying this product. It is a big pain to use this device. Frequent drop calls, no outgoing caller ID are few problems I faced!!!Published on August 5, 2008 by S.C.
I bought this product about a month ago. It's useful while working around the house with a wireless broadband connection, however, it's not that useful while away from your... Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by K. Lea
I received this product in just two days with Amazon Prime. Five minutes later I was talkingo my daughter in England, skype to skype. Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by S. Lee
I will not get into all of the complaints listed in the other reviews -- each of which is more or less relevant depending on your needs and expectations. Read morePublished on June 9, 2008 by ED Chasser