Bang & Olufsen have been through a phase of unusually shaped landline phones - the banana-esque BeoCom 2 is a good example - but they're returning to their slightly more sensible roots with the new BeoCom 5. The dual-line DECT phone works both as a twin landline handset and as a VoIP device, and magnetically docks either onto its charging plinth or onto a portable speakerphone (that also charges the handset).
AT&T has come in for no small amount of criticism for its network's ability to cope with avid iPhoners, both in dropped calls and tardy data, so we're not sure the carrier's latest news - that it has opened up VoIP support for the iPhone over 3G connections - is 100-percent good. Pushing network capacity to one side for the moment, the announcement means that - assuming Apple approves their software applications - companies like Skype will be free to enable 3G VoIP apps on the iPhone.
What's unclear from the press release (which you can read after the cut) is whether VoIP use will be included in the standard "unlimited" data package iPhone buyers sign up to. Given one of AT&T's arguments in the past has been that VoIP consumes significantly more network capacity and data than regular use, it's possible that they could look to squeeze more money out of subscribers for its use.
We all know the economy is tough and many people don’t have the same money coming in as they have been used to over the last several years. Many Americans are looking for every place they can find to save a bit of money on their monthly bills. If you have a broadband connection in your home, a company called TeleBlend is offering what it claims to be the first unlimited VoIP calling plan for a fixed annual charge.
When it comes to notebooks and desktop computers and you want to do VOIP chat, games and voice calls, you need a headset with a mic. Sennheiser has been making some of the best headphones on the market for a long time and today the company has announced two new headsets specifically for computer users.
Color us a little confused on this one, but we'll never knowingly turn down a cool touchscreen tablet. According to our tipster, you're looking at the 8-inch wireless control unit for Hong Kong telecoms provider PCCW's new Eye 2 service, which will blend multimedia services like NowTV, Moov and Snaap! with video calling.
Koreans can now buy the iRiver WAVE HOME, the innovative touchscreen VoIP phone and home communications hub that was only launched at CES last month. On sale through KT Telecom, the device has a cordless VoIP handset - that also works as a remote - as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam, internet access and widget-based GUI.
Check out the video demo of the iRiver WAVE HOME after the cut
I really have no clue why the designers thought this rack mounted system needed to look like a CRT television with a burnt in image of “Panasonic” smack dab in the middle. Regardless, we’ve slowly managed to move from the office, to the IDF, and now this would be something more likely found at the demarcation point.
Just because it was intended for use on IP based phone networks doesn’t mean Panasonic was naïve enough to leave out the old fashioned analog telephone service as an option as well. Furthermore, it looks fairly easy to use whether you are connecting via IP or POTS.
We first saw magicJack all the way back in October, where we managed to kick off an argument about truth in advertising in the comments; now PC Magazine have got one of the adaptors in for review, to see whether YMax's claims are true. To recap, the magicJack device is a matchbox-sized gizmo with a USB plug on one end (to go into your computer) and a standard RJ-11 phone jack on the other, into which you plug a standard landline phone. The big selling point is unlimited national calls for $20 a year.
Here at SlashGear we've generally given pretty short shrift to VOIP handsets: all too often they miss the point of their very purpose, to take internet calling out of the realm of the geeky and into the hands of the general public. Common errors include requiring a USB connection to an attached PC rather than a standalone ethernet hookup, or using WiFi but only supporting unsecured networks which usually means hotspots such as found in Starbucks and elsewhere won't let you log on. So when Philips asked us to try out their VOIP841, a combination DECT and Skype phone, it seemed only fair to not warn them of our harsh standards and instead see how well the sleek black handset lived up to some high expectations.