Yes, the company is VTech and, no, this product is not a landline telephone. VTech has decided to surprise us with the IS9181, a Wi-Fi internet radio receiver that can stream music from over 11,000 internet radio stations.
In addition to internet radio, the IS9181 can also stream multiple file types from a Wi-Fi-enabled PC – MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV and Real formats are all fair game. If you’d rather play music from your iPod, Zen or yes, even your Zune, you can do so via the 3.5mm auxillary jack located on the device. VTech has even included the ability to receive horoscope text updates from the web – a nod, perhaps, to the 13 year-old girls who have supported VTech by buying their phones.
The IS9181 will be on display at CES, along with the rest of VTech’s 2009 product line. The price has been pegged at $199.95, and you can get your mits on the device this Spring.