Product Review: DualPhone 3088 for Skype
If you are like me, and you have family members living in another country, you would appreciate every bit of savings you can avail of. My older brother who lives in the Philippines first introduced me to Skype. Skype offers free calls to those who are also on Skype and low rates if you call landlines and mobile phones no matter the distance. I love the fact that is is free. Even in this day and age, with a lot of long distance carriers battling for lower rates on long distance and overseas calls, they do still add up if you tend to talk longer or if you have a lot of friends and family you want to stay in contact with. Skype makes it possible to make phone and video calls economically, resulting in huge amount of savings for the consumers.
There are, however, limits to what Skype can do on its own, you would have to be on the Internet to avail of those free calls to members and make cheaper calls to any landline and cell phones. The good news is, there is a new phone system that you can use without having to log into your computer. The DualPhone 3088 is designed to allow its users the ability to make Skype calls without having to plug it into the USB of a computer to get signals from Skype- something that the older dualphone model requires. This is because the new DualPhone 3088 for Skype have clients built into its interface, eliminating the need for connections to the PC.
The DualPhone 3088, by appearance, looks like any other cordless phone you use at home. It has has a base station that it uses as a charger, much like a regular home cordless phone. It can also be used anywhere around the house, so long as the base is plugged into the socket and telephone jack. However, there is a third connection to make VoIP (Voice Over IP) possible, it makes use of an RJ-45 input for its Ethernet connection. So, you would need to have the base close to your Ethernet jack or router to make that broadband connection.
Designed by Skype, the phone interface is functional and provides excellent sound quality, allowing you to hear the other person clearly. One bit of an annoyance is that every time you try to use it for landline calls it asks if you would like to call the number via Skype or via landline. You can set it to default to Skype’s SkypeoOut calls if you use Skype more often or default for landlines call if you use it for that more often. Switching to use the alternate can be a bit frustrating at times especially if you are in a rush.
Setting up a Skype Dualphone 3088 is fast and easy. First, plug-in the Skype charging dock to a wall outlet. Put the rechargeable batteries into the handset, then dock it to …