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Philips VOIP841 PC-Free DECT 6.0 Wireles IP Phone
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- Stand-alone DECT cordless phone for Skype and ordinary phone in one
- No need for a PC - just connect the DUALphone base station directly to your broadband router or mode
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The compact package and sleek, black look belie the depth of capability of Philips VOIP8411B/37 DECT cordless phone. This is the first such phone that works without you having to boot up your PC, offering amazing flexibility and independence from the PC. A color display and exquisite clarity will make this the only phone you want to use.
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First of all, I think everyone assumes someone looking to purchase this phone already knows about Skype, which I'm sure is usually true, BUT if you're unfamiliar with Skype, be sure you visit [...] first to find out exactly what it is, and what it is going to cost you (if anything) to join and use the system. Different plans are offered such as talking to only other people on Skype. . . . Making calls to people on "regular" phones (fee based, but really cheap). . . . and if you want to have your own phone number so that anyone can call you (fees involved). After reading a lot of reviews, I didn't see where anyone mentioned about what Skype actually is, so I wanted to get that out of the way. This phone works with Skype, but you still have to sign-up and select what plan you would like, and that's where there could be fees. Also, you must have high-speed internet access to use this phone. . . BUT you can use the phone without your computer being turned on, which is one of the main reasons for purchasing this phone. Now for the review. . . .
When I first got this phone, I had both a land line and Skype. I have since dropped the land line because I'm more than happy with the Skype service, especially due to how much $$ it's saving me (a ton, by the way). As Skype will tell you, they recommend you keep a land line, because Skype does not work with 911. I have a cell phone which works with 911, so I'm less worried about that and I live in a condo with lots of people around me. If 911 service is of a concern, then you might want to keep the land line. When you place a call the phone will ask you if you want it to go through the land line or Skype. FYI, someone wrote that they were still asked that even though they didn't have a land line, but I was able to change the settings and now the phone always uses Skype.
I agree with someone else who said that they thought that Skype was not as good as a land line, but better than a cell phone. Sometimes the quality is better than others with Skype, but again, I can live with that because of the cost savings.
I have Skype on my computer as well, and it's great that the phone will update when you add new contacts to your computer and vice-versa. You can load all of the phone numbers from Outlook into Skype, and then it will load onto your phone. Really great feature.
As for the phone itself. . . well. . . yes, it is sleek, modern, etc. . . but I agree with someone else who said that it's kind of a pain because it's not like a "regular" phone receiver where you can hold it against your shoulder and ear. Yes, you can use a headset, and yes there is a speakerphone which I find works quite well. But if you're not using either of those, it can be a bit of a pain holding the phone all the time. FYI, there is no volume control, and I really hate that. If you're the slightest bit hard-of-hearing, I would not recommend this phone. Though it's not difficult to use, it is more like using a cell phone. If you have Skype voice mail (fee-based feature) there is an icon on the phone to let you know that you have a message so that you can listen to it. The phone keeps a detailed log of all of the calls which came in, and also that you made. Someone mentioned that the phone does not have the best ring tone options, which I would agree with, but surely you can find one that you'll be satisfied with. Oh. . . I don't know if this is still the case, but my phone came only with a disc with the instructions. There wasn't a printed manual. I found one at the Philips website though. I HIGHLY recommend that you go to the Philips website and take a look at the owners manual before you purchase, just so you know all of the details and what features this phone offers, which are quite a few. Once you get to the Philips website, just do a search for VOIP8411B/37.
I'm very happy with the system and for the $800 savings I'm willing to live with a couple of minor issues. First, caller ID gives me only the number and not a name. Second, no 911 emergency service but I have that on my cell phones so not a serious problem.
I also have a Linksys WIP320 which I use on a business account with Skype-In. The Linksys product is a stand-alone phone so the system cannot be expanded. Since it has a wireless connection to the router, the battery life is very short so it must be plugged into the power supply at all times. It occasionally drops the link to the router and needs to be reset. All in all, the Linksys is OK but no where near as reliable or as versatile as the Philips system.
I'm sure the next generation system will be better but this is an excellent home phone system.
The phone really is plug and play. I received the phone at work, unpacked it, plugged it into power and our un-blocked internet connection, and it worked. I was amazed at how it pulled my contact list from Skype, and I was making calls in under ten minutes. Unpacking time was longer than setup time.
I've paid more for a good quality cordless phone, so I was okay with the price for this unit. My long distance bill should be next to zero after getting this phone.
The phone doesn't have a good feel in my hand. It feels thick, narrow and slippery. I'm sure I'll get over this, but it looks and feels more like a thick remote control than a phone.
The keypad is also on the small side, and doesn't have great "feel". People with fat fingers will be frustrated.
The audio quality is disappointing. Using my computer and a headset, it's as if the person is next to me, or inside my head. The audio on this phone is tinny, and the person I'm talking to says the sound is okay, but not great. I bought a headset with a boom-mic for the phone, which helped, but the audio quality is still under-whelming compared to the computer experience. This is really too bad since great audio is available, but not over this phone.
I only use this phone for Skype-Out calls. Sometimes I have to originate the call two or three times before it goes through. I never had this problem on the computer.
Finally, when calling someone, the audio is missing for the first second, which leads to "hello... hello... hello". I'm not sure if this always happens, or just occasionally. I never experienced this on the computer.
I've had this phone for less than a week, so take that into consideration. Even with the shortcomings mentioned above, I'm satisfied with my purchase. I have a cordless phone that allows me to call anywhere in the US for "free", and I don't even need a computer, or to be at home. I only need a CAT-5 internet connection.... Cool.
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